Sep 232015

You don’t have to have been in the real estate business for very long before you find yourself in a situation where you feel a bit uncomfortable, if not downright threatened. And, unfortunately, the media often provides a story demonstrating that real estate agents are vulnerable. We of course apply common sense and many companies have policies and practices that provide a level of security.

Thanks to mobile technology, it now becomes possible for anyone (not just real estate folks) to have a “virtual sidekick” along 24/7. Introduced by a company called React Mobile has introduced a product that utilizes an app, Bluetooth technology, and small “panic button” you can wear or carry. The system works a bit like the medical alert systems used in homes.

As I understand it, you program a contact list into the app on your smart phone. If you press your panic button the system calls your list with an announcement indicating you need immediate help. After a 10 second delay, it then calls 911. (There are numerous options and features, this is just a basic explanation of the default settings.) According to the React Mobile Website, the system works with both Android and IOS.

Understand I’ve not researched, tested, or in any way used the product, so this is not an endorsement or recommendation; I’m merely offering the information. The idea certainly makes sense and, as the promotional material suggests, has any number of applications: runners, travelers, even as a way to keep track of a child.

After doing your own research, if you decide to try the product, I’d love to hear how it works out for you!