Enabling Public Safety and Security


Businesses as varied as food and vending-machine distributors, construction companies, and retailers depend on connected devices, systems, and technologies to make their businesses more efficient. For those whose business is keeping people safe and secure, M2M (machine-to-machine) can have an even greater impact. Could 2012 be the year of the public-safety innovation in M2M?

On Tuesday, Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Connected World magazine and host of The Peggy Smedley Show, www.peggysmedleyshow.com, launched a series of radio interviews featuring first responders and public-safety organizations that have adopted M2M solutions to serve constituents in the highest capacity possible.

The series acknowledges a trend in the marketplace: connected solutions being put to use in more life-critical situations. This could include not only traditional first responders, such as fire and police, but other services such as connected security systems, safety-equipment maintenance solutions, and PERS (personal emergency response systems).

Companies such as Aridhio Technologies, www.aridhio.com, have stepped up to the plate to fill what company founder Antonio Ransom calls an “unmet demand” for technology that enables more efficient preventative maintenance of safety equipment and disaster response.

In a joint interview on The Peggy Smedley Show, Ransom and a customer, Doug Higgs of the Florida Fire Service, www.floridafireservice.com, discussed the immeasurable benefits and ROI accomplished from an M2M solution that automates fire-protection services, such as preventative maintenance and safety inspections.

At this point Ransom says we are in the early-adoption phase, but more and more companies are beginning to realize the benefits of adopting connected solutions. Another company that deals in safety and security, Telguard, www.telguard.com, a division of Telular Corp., announced this week a cellular two-way voice solution for residential alarm dealers and PERS responders to reduce false alarms, which can improve service to those faced with real emergencies.

In the past, hardware that allowed two-way voice or listen-in functionalities required landline connections, which are declining thanks to the near-ubiquity of cellphones. Telguard’s TG-1 Express cellular alarm communicator takes landlines out of the equation, supporting these safety and security-enhancing functions over GSM.

More importantly, the announcement means two-way voice can now be used with existing PERS equipment—even when a landline isn’t available. The company also offers remote security-system controls via iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry to help consumers keep their families as safe as possible from afar.

The first-responder series on The Peggy Smedley Show will continue next month and then periodically throughout the remainder of 2011. Tune in on Tuesday, September 20, from 12-1 pm CT to hear from another public-service organization that deployed M2M technology to deliver timely service to those stranded without power. Access archives at www.peggysmedleyshow.com/archives.aspx.

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