Always looking on the look-out for new technology in the security industry, I’ve recently come across the splitsecnd. Similar to how helmets could notify coaches of their players’ well-being, the GPS-enabled keyfob is smart enough to alert paramedics in the case of a roadside emergency. The device is quite compact, and fits onto a keychain that would usually contain car keys. Its energy is taken from the cigarette lighter socket of the vehicle. Plugged in, the small device can detect the severity of an impact or an emergency stop. If any of the two events occur, the device automatically connects to the splitsecnd monitor center, who reassures the driver via the device’s microphone and speakers. If per chance that the driver does not response to the operator, the GPS location of the device and emergency services are sent to the accident. For every day use, the splitsecnd mobile app allows loved ones to be notified once the device’s user has arrived at their destination safely by accessing their GPS location (this however, seems like an infringement on personal freedom if used by employers).
All the benefits of the device having been analyzed, the device does come at a pricey USD 199.95, with an additional cellular plan of USD 14.49 per month.