AT&T adds device that detects falls, calls emergency services
AT&T extended its string of new broadband network add-ons with the introduction of a device that can detect when the customer falls down, and automatically initiate a call to emergency services.
EverThere includes a detection device, charger, lanyard and a belt clip.
AT&T said the difference between EverThere and previous fall detection services is that EverThere gives users 24/7 access to emergency services following a fall from virtually anywhere, meaning they are no longer limited to its benefits only while at home.
The new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) uses AT&T’s wireless network for communications and location information. The device can automatically detect a fall and connect to a call center for two-way voice communication for immediate response and support.
The device and associated service can be used by individuals, and AT&T ForHealth also offers EverThere to enterprise customers, such as insurance companies, healthcare providers, home health agencies and assisted living operators.
Individual consumers can purchase EverThere for $99.99 with an 11-month contract with a monthly service charge of $29.99. A no-contract no-cancellation-fee option costs an extra $100; the monthly service charge is the same.
This solution is part of AT&T’s complete suite of remote patient monitoring (RPM) care solutions, including the AT&T RPM software-as-a-service and an end-to-end managed RPM service. Together, these solutions provide a foundation for full aging-in-place care, the company said.
The company cited statistics that at least one-third of adults over 65 in North America fall each year. often resulting in injury and leading to severe and chronic concerns.
Separately, AT&T U-verse today announced availability of another app, The Weather Channel App.
Developed by AT&T in conjunction with the Weather Co., the app can be customized to show local weather for up to five cities.