Apps now leverage and optimize smartphones in ways that are quite useful to security professionals and law enforcement, witnessed in the unfortunate Boston Marathon incident
. Many sources of data were pulled from mobile devices, including those of the perpetrators, to assist law enforcement with their apprehension.
Apps and back-office software that provide new ways to deliver on the RMR business model continue to get more exciting in delivering LUT to everyone. By enabling your phone with an app, you can have a virtual police department in your purse or pocket. Today if you are traveling alone through dark alleys, you can set a destination timer and if you miss your ETA due to a gang of hooligans, your phone quietly turns on (no lights or displays to alarm the thugs). The device then delivers steaming video, audio, geo-position and text communications to a security command center, central station or campus police department.
Talk about a first responder’s dream tool for efficient notification, location and identification. By the way, it’s very cost effective. These apps leverage investments made by the big companies like Google, Apple, Motorola and Amazon, while we reap the benefits.
Now back to my book and glass of zin.
Paul Boucherle, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Sherpa Coach (CSC), is principal of Canfield, Ohio-based Matterhorn Consulting. He has more than 30 years of diverse security and safety industry experience.
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