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Wristwatch incorporates personal response system

November 6, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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Breaking the tradition of offering a personal emergency response system (PERS) in a wearable pendant, San Francisco-based Lively now offers PERS safety watch.

As an enhancement to the company's in-home monitoring system, the safety watch does not require an internet connection but uses cellular connectivity and an in-home hub with a range of 1,000 feet. For distances greater than that, the watch can connect to a smartphone.

The new watch also includes a button for 24/7 emergency response, a pedometer and a medication reminder. Next year the company will add automatic fall detection technology.

"Personal Emergency Response devices are an enormously valuable concept, but they are worthless if people aren’t wearing them," said Iggy Fanlo, co-founder and CEO of Lively, in a press release. "Compliance with daily use is the biggest oversight with current offerings–older adults don’t like to admit it, and family members have no way of knowing otherwise. In fact, we’ve been amazed that other PERs products that have the ability to communicate compliance, do not; leaving family members unaware that their loved one is not wearing their pendant-style device."