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Entering PERS: problematic or practical?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

PERS. It’s come up a lot lately—everywhere I look it seems that I’m hearing about new angles to the market, and new contenders. One thing I’ve also heard plenty of is that it’s not a space for everyone. But some seem to be finding it a very sensible new market.

Just recently the cellphone provider Consumer Cellular entered the market, choosing this as a logical space to make its first step outside of cell phones. I think it’s interesting that a market avoided by some can be an easy fit for others.

Another newcomer is Blue Star. The company took a look at a certain area it saw as underserved: the veteran community and their families. Now, Blue Star is looking to triple sales by the fall.

It was even a lively discussion at ESX. AvantGuard’s COO Justin Bailey said that mPERS is a quickly growing market. PERS isn’t for everyone, panelists said, because it can take a toll on your operators that you need to be prepared for. Daniel Oppenheim, VP for Affiliated Monitoring, said that it might be best left to those centrals that can handle it.

Now, the Medical Alert Monitoring Association is looking toward its annual meeting, catering specifically to the medical alarm space.

So, it seems that the PERS market is particular, a very specific niche in the industry of monitoring, but there is space for those companies willing to look into the space and work their way into it.

Consumer Cellular enters mPERS market

Company takes first step outside cellphones; VRI will do monitoring
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07/14/2015

PORTLAND, Ore.—Consumer Cellular, a nationwide mobile phone company focused on the 50-plus demographic, has entered the mPERS market with its new product, the Ally.

ESX Panel: To PERS or Not to PERS

Speakers underline necessities for monitoring PERS
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07/01/2015

BALTIMORE—Monitoring PERS and mPERS is different from monitoring traditional alarms, ESX 2015 panelists said in the “To PERS or Not to PERS” educational session, and those who can’t handle all that monitoring PERS entails in-house might be better leaving that the market to central stations that can.

ADT releases mobile PERS

Product allows seniors—and others—peace of mind away from home, company says
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03/20/2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT has added a wearable, mobile PERS device to its health product portfolio.

Where does the name 'Freeus' really come from?

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Last week, AvantGuard’s CEO, Josh Garner, told me a story. He had recently heard of a woman recovering from a fall, one who was set up with a traditional PERS unit. After hearing that it wouldn’t work outside of the home, she hadn’t left the house for 15 months, he said. After a dealer heard of this, he set her up with one of Securus’ mPERS devices.

“Eventually, she took a walk to the garden, then she walked down the street,” Garner told me. “She would test her device in all of these scenarios, and realized that if something were to happen to her… it still worked.”

“She celebrated by buying a puppy [which] she walks around her block every day.”

Garner wanted to incorporate this sense of Freedom into the naming AvantGuard’s new sister company, Freeus, which recently acquired the PERS business built by Securus.

“We really liked having something that linked us to the past. Securus has had a legacy of innovation, developing products.”

Thus, “freedom” and “Securus” combine to make “Freeus.”

“It sounds crazy, but that story—to us—just epitomizes what our business is about, and it’s delivering freedom to individuals,” Garner said.

That’s where the name comes from.

Central gets into software business

Third-party monitoring company a.p.i. Monitoring has new mPERS partnership
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01/07/2015

TORONTO—Operating seven central stations across the United States and Canada, a.p.i. Monitoring will offer more to its dealers, with proprietary accounting software to be released Q3 2015, and a new mPERS partnership agreement to monitor Numera devices.

Security Central to offer mPERS

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11/20/2014

STATESVILLE, N.C.—Security Central, a national wholesale monitoring company, plans to add mPERS to its suite of services.

MobileHelp nabs Frost & Sullivan award

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07/29/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—MobileHelp, a provider of mobile PERS solutions, based here, recently won Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 North American Price Performance Value Leadership Award in the PERS category, according to a joint news release.

Metrodial to go live with trio of mobile apps

The central station is the first adopter of SmartTek’s trio of personal protection apps, which includes an app-based mPERS service
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07/02/2014

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—With several different mobile PERS models gaining traction in the monitoring space, it’s not yet clear what type of device and what combination of features will be the winner in the marketplace.

Making money on mobile monitoring

Monitoring company execs extol the benefits of mobile PERS and mobile apps
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05/28/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Whether the talk is about mobile PERS devices with geo-fencing, speed alerts and lone-worker monitoring, or about smartphone apps that better connect subscribers with central stations, the takeaway is that the monitoring space is going mobile, and the transformation is happening fast, according to central station executives who are using these newer technologies.

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