Most people will deny being addicted to their cell phone, but let’s face the facts: according to Daily Infographic, the average person looks at his or her phone approximately 110 times a day. Fifty-six percent of people check their smartphones before going to sleep. And, perhaps most shockingly, according to the A10 Networks’ Application Intelligence Report, half of the respondents believe mobile applications are almost or equally as important as breathing, eating or drinking.
Smartphones are used for everything nowadays – from shopping to controlling the thermostat to turning on the car, it’s no doubt that cell phones are becoming smarter than ever. With the continual developments in technology and software, consumers are hooked to their multifaceted lifeline that intrigues them every day and keeps them connected.
While cell phones are most frequently used for talking, texting and endless entertainment, their growing significance opens the door to a new industry: security. What better way to stay up to date in an emergency situation than through a device that’s always in your hands?
The security industry has recognized users’ attachment to their cell phones, and the safety capabilities available are only increasing. Parents can now GPS track their children through their phones; Amber and severe weather alerts are automatic, and surveillance camera footage can be streamed directly on security directors’ devices.
According to Pew Research, 74 percent of cell phone owners have used their phone to get help in an emergency. People often use Twitter or Facebook on their phones to locate or check in with relatives during an emergency incident, and students can immediately text or call their families in the event of a campus lockdown.
Specific sectors of public security, such as access control and incident management, have also shifted to the digital world: emergency notifications and fast and easy communication through mobile devices has streamlined response operations in dangerous situations.
Real-time location system (RTLS) technology has followed this trend and allows cell phones to be easily used as personal safety devices. This can be combined with two-way communication, analytics, and existing physical security systems to create Internal Real-Time Intelligence Software (IRIS) from VuTeur.
It’s clear that society’s adherence to smartphones isn’t fading away anytime soon; it’s only getting stronger. Using them to their full capacity for safety and security purposes could prove to be life-saving.