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What use is a PERS smart watch without a call center?

You see PERS news releases on occasion. PERS -- Personal Emergency Response System -- is a long-time market dominated by pendants worn around the neck. Recently Parks Associates sized the PERS market to be $1.1 billion by 2024 -- others think it is a $3.1 billion market today. Also early in the year, Vidapoint was announced as a 'global' low cost offering. LifeStation announced Mobile LTE, small and fast, a pendant linked to a sizable 24-hour call center.  Then in April, Verizon does it again, launches a PERS, this time a smart watch offering, called the Care Smart Watch for seniors.   Let us remember Verizon’s last short attention span for this space. Its Sureresponse™ PERS pendant was new in this research conducted in 2012. The quotes are from executive Jonathan Hinds who departed in 2014, not coincidentally when Verizon stopped selling it. Sureresponse was mostly erased from the Internet by 2016, except for user documentation,  online reviews, some not so hot.   

Rapid Deployment Wireless Nurse Call Kit created specifically for emergency situations

03/18/2020

RCare, Inc., maker of nurse call and monitoring solutions, announced today
the release of their Rapid Deployment Wireless Nurse Call Kit created
specifically for emergency situations. Designed for speed and ease-of-use,
RCare’s Rapid Deployment Kit installs in only five minutes and offers a
reliable, secure, 40-patient nurse call system in a box. RCare’s G4
platform provides best-in-class range to cover even the largest of campuses
and deepen building penetration.

VIDAPOINT™ TAKES PERSONAL EMERGENCY SERVICE GROWTH WORLDWIDE

02/05/2020

Global Wireless Health Limited (GWH) introduced Vidapoint™, a comprehensive yet cost-effective personal emergency monitoring solution for delivering help to elders -previously not available many places in the world. As a result it will help more organizations control and reduce the costs of potential elder injury and recovery and care–especially from falls.

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Parks: Traditional and mobile PERS revenue to be approximately $1.1 billion in the US by 2024

01/21/2020

New research from Parks Associates estimates more than 5 million consumers in the US will own PERS devices by 2024. Enabling Independence: Connected Solutions for seniors and Caregivers forecasts traditional and mobile PERS revenue will reach $1.1 billion in the same year.

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MobileHelp® Safety-focused Products Enhance Consumer Safety Net

10/18/2019

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For the nearly 90 percent of older adults who plan to age in place in their homes, MobileHelp®, a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) and healthcare technology, has created a product and service portfolio designed to provide continuous and unobtrusive assistance throughout the home – and outside of it.

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Reinventing old age? Some MIT tech assertions are simplistic

MIT Technology Review’s "Old Age is Over" is thought provoking.  Or in the case of the technology section – "Old Age is Made Up," written by Joe Coughlin, head of the MIT Age Lab, the content is just plain provoking. We agree that old age is made up – but in this article, that assertion is underpinned with generalizations that are just, well, also made up. And it shows a lack of understanding about who benefits from technologies that exist in their current form, or that some of those have been upgraded well beyond his generalizations.  Consider:

Ten Years – Technology for Older Adults – 2009-2019

Look back to remind us where we are.  Ten years ago, the tech product choices designed for older adults were few and rudimentary. The intent was simplification of the basics for the tech-reluctant – sending email, looking at information online.  As an analyst migrating from the IT industry, it was startling to see the limited capabilities of the offerings like Presto the Printing Mailbox (used, eBay), Celery (printing mailbox – gone), Mailbug (device to send-receive email – still on Amazon), and Big Screen Live (browser for seniors - gone).  According to an AARP Healthy@Home report from 2008, the only home tech device that had any level of awareness (91% of responders) was Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS).

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