Medical alarm advancements

SOS Pendant

Traditional Alarms

Connection Type​

Independent device

Landline or Base station required

Location

Nationwide

Works within the house

Set up Cost

$10

$139

Monthly Charges

$50

$41

2 - way device calling

Yes

No

Device Owned

Yes

No

How does a typical emergency go?

Traditional emergency dialer connected through the wearer’s landline phone and allowed a preprogramed message to be sent if an alarm was activated.

A typical emergency is summarised below:

  1. The user activates their alarm by pressing a button
  2. A call unit will receive an alert and attempt contact with the client
  3. The call unit will assist client with the emergency

Most medical alarms imitate this sequence of events, however, there have been many advancements in technology leading to improved alarms available today.

To break down these advancements we can compare traditional features of medical alarms to SOS Pendant.

Traditional vs modern day?

During traditional setup, a base unit is set up within the wearer’s home. This unit is essential for the pendant to operate. When the pendant is activated, it will send signal to the base unit, which in turn will begin calling the call centre.

Some drawbacks to this include:

  • Limited coverage – The pendant will only work within certain areas the wearers house
  • 2-way pendant communication – The wearer cannot speak through their pendant, but only the base unit. This means that even if the pendant can be activated in the garden, the user will not be able to communicate via the base unit as they are outside.

The SOS Pendant is a mobile personal alarm. It connects via the mobile network and places a call to the 24/7 call unit when activated.

The features of the SOS Pendant include:

  • Nationwide coverage – The user can activate their alarm wherever they receive mobile coverage allowing a more active lifestyle.
  • 2-way pendant communication – The device operates like a mobile on loudspeaker. When activated the user can speak through their Pendant and advise of the emergency.
  • Connection Type – The SOS Pendant is 4G.

The differences between the SOS Pendant and traditional medical alarms show that advancements in medical alarm technology make a significant difference in user experience for those requiring a medical alarm.