The Compelling “Total Cost of Ownership” of Personal Security Software for Mobile Workers
It is most assuredly not our parent’s world. We suddenly find ourselves in a new phase in the global threat environment which has implications to our critical infrastructure, our schools, and our businesses. Cybersecurity remains a concern, but our physical security in our personal and professional lives is now front and center. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally present a diverse and non-predictable threat environment.
IT Security professionals are increasingly forced to consider technology that enables a more rapid and informed response to a situation by providing real-time data to those tasked with neutralizing violent events should they occur. Yesterday’s professional workers had the luxury of calling for help down a hallway, most worked under monitored conditions. Today, mobile professional field workers every day are potentially walking into dangerous situations. Organizations have a responsibility to provide a solution to ensure worker safety.
Let’s cut to the chase: telecommunications companies are dying to sell you another phone number. Activations and “yet another data plan” represent the very metrics by which Wall Street measures carrier growth, hence it is difficult to blame the carriers for pushing hardware solutions. The fact of the matter is that personal security does not require another device, another red button, or another data plan. If your personnel have an Android device or an iPhone, then they have everything they need for personal security notification. Most personal security software solutions use less than 60MB of plan data per month. Just about every smartphone and tablet with an existing data plan is capable of being an excellent personal security tool.
An additional benefit to leveraging the smart phone is that generally, no one leaves home without it. We ask you to think about your own behaviors. What is the one thing you carried to lunch today? What is the one thing you carry and hold close for a night out on the town? What is the one thing most of us keep close to our beds at night because we have families and children? We no longer care as much about wallets or purses: We carry and look after our smartphones. Smartphones are what keep us connected to our world today and they can be our lifelines as well.
Almost all of us have a data plan that provides 10GB of data per month. Personal security software on a mobile device generally uses less than 60MB of data per month. This equates to .006% of an average 10GB data plan. From an economic and cost of ownership perspective, with data usage at less than .006% of one’s plan, why would anyone want to pay another $9 a month for a machine to machine (M2M) data plan to enable a big red hardware button? Why would we expect that anyone would want to maintain, carry, and charge yet another device? It is completely unnecessary, very inconvenient, and significantly more expensive.
BlueBeacon is a highly secure software based emergency notification system that provides a safety net. The product delivers location services, secure text communications, covert emergency camera triggering, “listen live” capability, and provides situational awareness of end-user movement and position. Built on Blueforce’s patented location and sensor fusion platform, BlueBeacon endpoints can be autonomously monitored where no personnel are required and panic notifications are done with email and SMS. When BlueBeacon is used with Blueforce Web Command Center (WEBCC), users can be monitored by dispatchers in real-time on the WEBCC map with visual and audible alerts when a user triggers a “panic” event.
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