Patrocinium Systems of Reston, Virginia announced the release of a new smart phone security app. Granted, this is a crowded field; there are plenty of apps out there promising to keep you or your loved ones safe. So why bother with this one or its price ($4.99 per month for the basic service and $19.99 per month for the premium version)?

Let’s start with the ArcAngel beacon. This signal is sent to users to alert them that they are approaching a dangerous situation. This could include a fire, natural disaster, violent protest, etc. This proactive feature is not found in most security apps.

Once the beacon has been sent, the subscriber can ignore it, press “OK”, or press “NOT OK.” If the beacon has not been responded to or the user selects “NOT OK,” the system locates the subscriber and gives the location to first responders. Precise location includes the exact floor of a building.

Internationally, location data is pushed to the nearest embassy so consular personnel can safely extract the user. Given the widespread unrest in Northern Africa and the Middle East, this is a very valuable feature.

Patrocinium Systems is staffed mostly by military and law enforcement veterans with operational experience. The company values the warrior mindset that can think calmly through an emergency situation.

ArcAngel is available at the Windows Store, the App Store, and Google Play.

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Lately, he is developing a corporate learning management system (Moodle LMS), curricula, and technical documentation for lighter-than-air tethered surveillance craft (aerostats). He has an extensive background in fleet modernization and military analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

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