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Could This Device Replace PERS Wearables?

The Walabot Home is said to be able to detect if a person has fallen and automatically place a call for help, without requiring any wearables.

SAN FRANCISCO — Personal emergency response systems (PERS) and mobile PERS (mPERS) have been around for a while. Traditionally, these devices are worn on the customer. However, 3D imaging sensor developer Vayyar looks to change that with its latest solution.

The Walabot Home can detect if a person has fallen and automatically places a call for help, without requiring any wearables, according to the company. The solution Vayyar’s is flagship product in a new line of smart home devices being developed to ensure seniors stay connected in cases of emergency.

Vayyar says it created the Walabot Home to eliminate the need to carry a fall detection device by discreetly monitoring for a fall — it operates in the background of the home just like a smoke detector sensor.

When a fall is detected, the device automatically calls a designated emergency contact. The contact can also be called at any time with the push of a button on the device.

Walabot Home uses advanced, low-power radio wave technology, similar to WiFi, instead of cameras, to monitor individuals’ movements and ensure privacy where falls are most likely to happen, such as bathrooms.

Walabot Home is also said to work in a wide range of conditions that cameras cannot, including steam and darkness, and can sense through objects like curtains and glass walls.

Security pros, what do you think? Could the Walabot Home be a viable replacement for traditional PERS wearables?