Personal Safety Wearables: Thwarting predators or bringing them closer?

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What if pepper spray, calling 9-1-1, or screaming for help does not cut it if you run into a dangerous situation? That is where personal safety wearables not only step in, but have to step up. 

“The wearable market is one of the fastest growing markets in 2018 and 2019,” said cyber security expert Arun Vishnawath. 

He said the estimates are that the wearable market is going to be valued upwards of $12 billion by 2023. 

“We have a lot of safety and security technologies. (There are) some that are for children, some that are for senior citizens, and some that is for everyday users,” Vishnawath explained to News 4 on Monday. 

What most of these devices have in common is they give you security that is attached to your body. 

“Things like wearable jewelry are starting to come out. When you have a panic button it, which helps people come close to you, or even law enforcement in some cases,” said Vishnawath.

One company uses a cell battery and circuit boards that activate with pressure detection. 

It saves five emergency contacts and connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth. 

“It looks like regular jewelry. There are buttons on it and when you press the button, it either makes a phone call to law enforcement or sends a text message with your location to law enforcement who are in your list of favorites or your family members,” Vishnawath said. 

Just like any new technology, Vishnawath said there is no regulation for developing these type of devices. 

“From a security stand point, just like you could use a wearable piece of jewelry that can tell people your location when you are in trouble, it can also tell a hacker, or a stalker, who has some technology the ability to track your location when you’re not wanting them to do that.” 
 

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