The Scoop: Modern daters often find each other online, and some have safety concerns when meeting for the first time in person. Silent Beacon can help put those worries to rest with its pocket-sized panic button that allows users to call 911 and notify friends and family of his or her location with the push of a button. The button tracks the user’s whereabouts and informs others of their location in the event of an emergency. That can give singles peace of mind when they decide to go on a first date with a stranger.
Meeting matches online is common today, but how well can daters get to know someone through a digital profile?
Around 53% of Americans admit to embellishing at least some part of their dating profile, and the FBI often receives complaints about romance scams in which criminals pretend to be enamored with another person for nefarious reasons.
That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t go on dates with singles they meet online, but they should be appropriately cautious.
One precaution that offers daters a feeling of security is Silent Beacon.
Silent Beacon is a small button that users can push if they are in danger to alert authorities, friends, and family members of their situation. Daters can keep the button in a small, inconspicuous place, including their pocket or purse. When pressed, the button calls 911, shares the user’s location, and alerts family and friends to the location. It also has speaker mode, so the user can talk to 911 and provide more information.
Silent Beacon offers the ultimate protection anywhere, but other tips can help users stay safe on a date without having to press it. One suggestion is that singles not let dates pick them up at their home. Instead, they should drive themselves or take public transportation to an agreed upon meeting place. That way, they aren’t relying on a date to take them home, and they can leave at any time.
Additionally, people should meet in public places where they won’t ever be alone with a potential partner.
Many daters also tell others where they’re going and when they plan to be back. But with Silent Beacon, daters can have the added peace of mind that they can quickly get help in any situation.
“It’s a good idea to tell others you got home from the date safely. You can also tell them, ‘Here’s my tracking information using Silent Beacon.’ That lets them know when you’re home and OK,” said Tyler Charuhas, a Sales Manager at Silent Beacon.
Differentiating Itself From Other Safety Options
Silent Beacon differentiates itself from other panic buttons with several features.
For one, users don’t have to pay a monthly service to use it. Instead, the panic button operates through the user’s mobile phone provider. That way, they only have to buy the product, not a monthly service, as well.
“We want to provide an affordable service, so we made it a digital device,” said Tyler.
Another problem that Silent Beacon wanted to solve was false alerts. The company heard from many people that it was easy to press other panic buttons by accident, which erroneously notified law enforcement.
To remedy that issue, users must push two buttons on Silent Beacon, so they don’t accidentally trigger a false alert while carrying it in their pockets, for instance.
Silent Mode is another feature many users value. If someone is in a situation where they can’t speak, they can use this feature to let the person on the other end know what’s happening.
“We understand that a call to 911 or a loved one can escalate a situation. Shortly after you engage alert mode, you can press another button for one second. Whoever is on the other end can hear what’s going on with you, but you can’t hear them,” Tyler said.
Users also can go to the Silent Beacon app on their mobile devices in non-emergency situations. For instance, if a device is lost, they can use the app to locate it. They can also send their loved ones “nudges” to let them know that they are safe in an emergency situation, including a natural disaster.
The Devices Can Be Used in Many Situations
Though other panic buttons are made with seniors in mind, Silent Beacon is designed for people of all ages. Parents can give one to their young children, so they have a way to call for help. Older adults can also use them to live active lives while having the peace of mind knowing they can summon help if they need it.
Other users include people who work in hotels and hospitals where staff members might find themselves in dilemmas. Real estate agents, for instance, may travel to an isolated location with a client and want to use a Silent Beacon to let others know where they are.
“We serve many different markets. We want to provide security for anyone who might need help,” Tyler said.
In addition to dating, Silent Beacon has been useful in other situations.
“We had a college student tell us a story about when she used Silent Beacon. She was in a parking garage, and a man started following her. She held the device up, and the guy ran away. She didn’t even have to press it,” Tyler said.
People also use Silent Beacon in accidents. Many people think they’ll stay calm and call for help if they are in an accident. But if someone is disoriented, it can be difficult to make a phone call, let alone explain their location.
Tyler shared the story of a man who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Though he was conscious, he didn’t know where he was. So he used his Silent Beacon to help others find his location.
Another user has found a unique function for her Silent Beacon. She uses it to call her medical assistance dog if she’s struggling. With a push of her button, she can ask her dog to help her.
Silent Beacon: Protecting Users From Modern Dangers
For those dating someone they’ve just met, it’s a good idea to let family and friends know when they plan to return home. But Silent Beacon’s tracking updates can provide even more peace of mind to their loved ones. The button lets appointed contacts know that users made it home from a date safely by sending tracking information once they’ve arrived.
The Silent Beacon team envisions more uses for the product outside its functionality so far. The team also wants to create mass notification software in the instance of large-scale emergencies. One person could press Silent Beacon to send a mass-scale correspondence.
The team has a cellular version of the product in mind, as well.
Many singles regularly meet up with strangers they’ve only met online. But no matter how common it becomes, it’s important to remember that there is a possibility that things could go wrong. While that may mean a date looks a little different from their profile picture, one deception can sometimes lead to danger.
Carrying a Silent Beacon isn’t about choosing fear. Instead, it is about choosing peace of mind and engaging with a date without worrying about what might happen.