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Wearsafe adds Android to existing Apple support

Steve Rogerson
August 3, 2017

Wearsafe Labs has added Android Wear to the existing Apple Watch support for its tags that let users send an instant alert for help directly from their watch face.
The Connecticut company has also unveiled version 1.9 of its software, providing new users with a faster, easier way to become a responder.
"At Wearsafe, we're building technology that redefines the way we signal for help," said Dave Benoit, CEO and co-founder of Wearsafe. "Engineered to seamlessly integrate with the connected devices consumers can't live without, Wearsafe offers users the quiet confidence to feel more secure and prepared during an emergency or distress event. We're excited to support Android Wear, as it's an important step in our strategy to be the world's personal safety companion, and we look forward to expanding our service to support additional devices in the near future."
Personal safety devices are in-demand, with a recent Ericsson survey revealing half of respondents were very interested in concepts such as panic buttons and wearable location trackers. Wearsafe's proprietary technology pairs remotely with a smartphone, unlocking a modern-day panic button for situations when dialling a phone would delay assistance.
Previously, the tag was required to prompt Wearsafe's service, which instantly shares the user's GPS location and continuous audio stream with their pre-selected network of family, friends or co-workers. With Android Wear support, users have all the features and functionality, with the added benefit of sending alerts directly from their Android Wear watchface.
When activated, Wearsafe opens a group chat among predetermined friends and family contacted through email, text and push notifications. The contacts can then determine the best course of action after receiving the user's location and audio data. Contacts can communicate with one another instantly, and can call emergency responders directly from the app if needed.
Both the tag and Android Wear app pair remotely with a smartphone, allowing users to call for help discreetly while keeping their phone out of sight. When pressed, the tag or Android Wear vibrates to let the user know the alert has been sent. It also vibrates each time someone in their network views an alert so they know help is on the way.
With support for both Android Wear and Apple Watch, Wearsafe has the potential to reach three-quarters of the global smartwatch market share.
Wearsafe also announced its 1.9 release, simplifying the process to become a responder. The update gives anyone the ability to accept network invitations and view alerts from a web browser. Responders can opt to receive alerts by email and text or can download the app for free.
"You shouldn't have to jump through hoops to answer a call for help," Benoit said. "With this update, we're making it easier than ever to spring into action and help the people you love and care about when they are in need."
Wearsafe for Android Wear supports both Android Wear 1.0 and 2.0, and is available on Google Play.