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The devices are self-sufficient, meaning they have their own SIM cards and operate without requiring the user to connect to a cellphone. When in an emergency situation, the user simply presses the panic button for three seconds and a signal is sent to the MyLifeline SAIDSA-approved control room. From there, up to five contacts receive an SMS with your details and the operator can dispatch emergency services to your location, which is determined by the built-in GPS and sent along with the panic signal.
Santam, South Africa’s largest general insurer, has announced the founders of an innovative panic device as winners of the 2018 Safety Ideas Campaign. Bester and Swanevelder created the panic device with GSM and GPS tracking to enable people to receive fast assistance wherever they may be. Affordable and accessible, they’re hoping their product will go a long way to making South African communities feel safer.