When a person or property is under stress, a wireless panic button can be used to send wireless signals to obtain emergency assistance. It is also called a duress panic button, hold up button, silent button, emergency push button, SOS alarm button, personal alarm button, alert button, and remote button. The device, which is usually controlled by a hidden emergency alarm button, can be connected to a security control center or a local alarm, where the local security, police, or emergency services will be alerted and dispatch personnel for support and assistance. We will tell you how to choose the right wireless panic button at the end of this article, but first, we will introduce how it works, the protocol involved, features, advantages, and a few key applications to give you a better understanding of the device and make a more informed decision.
Who needs a wireless panic button system?
No one knows which day the accident will come, robbery, falling down, getting lost, sexual harassment, personal attack, and other accidents are staged every day, which has caused people to strengthen the safety awareness of themselves and the people around them. The panic alarm system is a convenient and effective way for people who need help to send a distress signal quickly and discreetly.
Of the 5,000+ fatal workplace injuries in the United States in 2019, nearly 800 were the result of the assault by someone else, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. In addition, more than 20,000 workers in the private sector have been traumatized by non-fatal workplace violence. These accidents require a few days off. Moreover, of those victims:68% were women, 65% were between the ages of 25 and 54, 70% worked in health care and social assistance, 21% needed more than 31 days off to recover, and 20% needed three to five days off. Some industries are more prone to violence than others, such as hotel workers, taxi drivers, bank counters, supermarket cashiers, health care workers, school teachers and students, security personnel, office receptionists, construction workers, the elderly, and children living alone.
Panic button in the hotel
Rioting between guests and rioters in hotels has been in the news many times, causing losses to the hotel industry and causing panic among staff and other regular guests. In response, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) started an initiative in 2018 to provide location-based services and emergency communications for employees. Since then, intercontinental, Marriott International, Hyatt, and Hilton have pledged to provide employee alerts and wireless panic buttons to hotel workers across the United States. In this way, the hotel can let the staff wear Bluetooth panic button B1, and send tasks based on their location, guests can also press the red panic button to request cleaning room and emergency assistance.
Panic button in school
The increasing violence in schools around the world is forcing school officials to find ways to respond to public safety incidents, and the wireless panic button is one of the most effective methods. It could be widely used to disseminate 9-1-1 alerts to school staff, students, parents, and any possible responders. When faced with an external threat or medical emergency, the person using the SOS panic button can quickly activate the alarm.
Panic button in the hospital
Hospital staff faces many challenges every day, such as patient falls or staff being harassed or even maliciously injured. So the use of a duress panic button in the medical industry is very necessary, when a patient (or visitor) is prone to violence, nurses and staff can quickly call for help and backup by pressing a button. The wireless panic button can be worn on the neck, or wrist, or attached to a wall or under a desk, and IoT sensors inside will provide a precise location, along with the wearer’s name and other information via wireless networks such as Bluetooth, LoRa and Wifi. When the alarm button is triggered, it sends an alert to security personnel and nursing stations.
Panic button in the bank
People who work in banks, especially counter clerks, need to be vigilant because 4,091 bank robberies were reported to the FBI in 2015 alone, a staggering number that shows the importance of providing security for bank workers. Once there is a mob robbery, the front desk or other staff can quietly press the Bluetooth panic button, struggling for the fastest rescue time and avoiding major property damage. In addition, with this layer of security, customers can also feel more secure in the transaction, thus increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction.
Panic button on construction site
The construction site has long been considered a high-risk place to work. Although authorities have scrutinized all kinds of safety hazards, there is still no way to avoid the injury of workers, and unlike other industries, an accident here may lose a human life. LW004-PB panic button, as a wearable beacon, uses LoRaWAN technology to transmit and communicate. It can press the alarm button to quickly send a distress alarm when workers meet an emergency. It can also automatically trigger the alarm when workers fall to the ground, and then the administrator can send personnel for rescue after receiving the alarm.
Panic button in workstation
Workstations and workshops are also places where accidents often occur, and the operator will be accidentally injured by the machine. By pressing the wearable panic button, you can quickly get help, or when the machine broke down accidentally, or there’s fire and other major disasters happened, a single distress signal with one click can save a lot of rescue time, so as to avoid greater personnel and property losses.
Panic button in the home
When there are elderly people or children living alone in the home, it is necessary to receive signals and obtain real-time location when they need help in the first place. A wireless panic button can save your loved one from an accident or injury, so why not act on your love?
Panic button for the driver
The safety of drivers needs to be ensured because they are often carrying a busload of passengers, and their protection is equivalent to the protection of passengers. If a driver has a sudden illness, a small button can buy them a faster rescue time. In addition, car riot is also common, blatantly calling the police is bound to provoke the rioter, but a panic button silent warning can subtly send a distress signal to the relevant security agencies.
Mute emergency button alarm and audible duress alarm button
The wireless panic button can alarm in a variety of ways, either silently or noisily, so which one is best for you? Before we dig into that question, let’s look at the goal of both approaches.
Mute emergency button alarm
The mute emergency button is mainly used in situations where employees are responding to aggressive and threatening behavior from members of the public or colleagues. In such cases, loud and shrill emergency calls can aggravate the situation or scare people away, making it even more difficult to arrest them.
Audible emergency button alarm
An audible panic button will make it very clear to the person threatening you that you have issued an emergency signal and that help is on the way. This can scare people away in many cases and prevent violent attacks. But it could also further irritate them and put employees in more danger. Therefore, the choice of alarm should be based on the situation.
Why do I need a wireless panic button system for my team?
Quite simply, if they are working alone or around potentially violent people, then they need a wireless panic button to provide security for themselves. And in the United States, some industries have unique safety legislation, such as requiring hotel employers to provide free wireless panic buttons for employees. Alternatively, NIOSH and OHSA also have a good occupational violence resource page that offers an updated page of useful information on workplace violence.
Occupational safety hazard and risk assessment
If you’re still unsure about the need for a panic button, the most effective thing to do is to conduct a risk assessment of the relevant work environment. A thorough risk assessment will identify any security concerns associated with violence and allow you to develop protocols and strategies, such as wireless panic buttons for employees, to help prevent violent attacks from occurring. Of course, the panic button from MOKOSMART can do more than that for you. You can also ask us to customize the program for you, not only sending distress calls and geolocation reports but also monitoring employees’ progress and attendance records.
Precious peace of mind
The wireless panic button can not only call for help before an incident escalates and an employee is injured, but they also provide valuable peace of mind to both employers and employees. Workplace violence can take a toll on employees not only physically, but also mentally. If your team is at risk of a violent incident, large or small, the employer’s moral responsibility is to offer them the utmost protection as effectively as possible.
What are the components of an emergency alarm system
A panic alert system consists of two basic components:
An emergency button is a starter device that triggers an alarm. Most smart panic buttons are specifically designed to resist accidental activation. It is usually installed in an easily accessible location and does not attract attention from outsiders.
Emergency buttons can be wired or wireless. Wired emergency buttons are connected by cables and are very reliable, but sometimes it is difficult and expensive to connect cables to every emergency button location; Wireless panic button uses short-range radio transmitters that are easy to install and can be placed anywhere or carried with you.
The communication system is the method used to call for help when the emergency button is pressed. The type of communication system used depends to a large extent on the level of security threat and the resources available to the facility where emergency alerts are installed.
Types of communication systems used include:
- Communication with off-site alarm monitoring centers: This method is commonly used in facilities without on-site security personnel, such as small businesses. The emergency button will be connected to the alarm control panel, which will send a distress signal to the monitoring center when the emergency button is pressed by the person in need of assistance. The alarm monitoring center will then call the relative security apartment to respond to the scene.
- Communication with security control Centers: Most large companies have centralized security monitoring and control centers. This type of resource typically monitors the wireless panic buttons in the control center. The panic button connects to the organization’s access control and security management system, which sends alerts to the control center. When the panic button is pressed, the security control center sends out an alarm. The center will then dispatch local security personnel or police.
- Communication with non-security personnel: Some organizations without on-site security choose to notify non-security personnel when the panic button is pressed. Typically, these response organizations are made up of employees from multiple departments (facilities, human resources, etc.). The system can be used to alert the security support team when the emergency button is pressed.
Tips for using the smart emergency alert
Wireless panic alarms are only as valuable as employees know how to use them properly. Therefore, enterprises not only need to configure corresponding facilities but also need to provide training for employees, especially in positions with high employee turnover rates.
If possible, companies can install a video surveillance camera and link it to an emergency alarm system. Whenever the emergency button is activated, the video surveillance system should automatically display the corresponding camera in the control center.
In addition, facilities that use response teams to respond to panic alerts should have some means of assessing the situation before personnel enters the scene. The camera that monitors the location of the panic button should be viewed remotely by members of the emergency response team.
By the way, in some places, different types of reactions may be needed to deal with different types of situations. For example, the threat posed by a drunk person in the lobby is not the same as the threat posed by an armed robber, but employees may wish there was a way to call for help in both situations separately. To solve this problem, we can customize the “two-state” emergency button for you. This button can be programmed to send two types of signals, one for real emergencies and one for situations where help is needed but no emergency response is required.
Common technologies for the IoT panic button
What’s the problem with physical buttons? Physical panic buttons are simple and useful but have some potential drawbacks. Physical buttons can be quite expensive to install, especially if there’re multiple buttons in the building. So if you use wireless buttons, the installation cost is not an issue.
The wireless panic button is most often used in the room is Bluetooth communication, because the Bluetooth panic button price is cheap, long battery life, and some service life can even reach 10 years. However, Bluetooth’s short communication range also means that the button needs to be positioned relatively close to the primary alarm system. So, when an emergency arises, you better hope you’re near the button.
Panic Buttons using LPWAN, even if more expensive than BLE panic buttons, provide remote connectivity and long battery life without the need for huge infrastructure. LTE cat M1, NBIoT, and LoRaWAN are two of the most popular LPWAN technologies.
2 g / 3 g / 4 g LTE
These technologies are a bit more expensive and use more power than the previous ones. These technologies can be considered when data is required to be stored in the cloud, when packets are large, and when the infrastructure can offer external power.
How much does it cost for a panic button system?
The cost of installing a wireless panic alarm system will vary depending on the number of buttons you need and the communication protocol you choose. Generally, each button will cost no more than $50. In addition, there are app-based panic button systems, which cost less than physical panic buttons because you pay for the software, not any hardware, but are sometimes not very convenient and timely for responding to emergencies. So when possible, it’s best to opt for the wireless panic button.
Where to buy wireless panic buttons?
From the previous introduction, I believe you already know what kind of wireless panic button you should choose and how to use it. So, where should you source the panic button?
MOKOSMART has been focusing on IoT products for more than 16 years and is world-renowned in location services. Our panic button also supports Bluetooth and LoRaWAN protocols, which are convenient for customers to use in different application scenarios. At present, there are two wireless panic button models developed, which are B1 and LW004-PB.
Location sharing: Facilitate rapid response by sharing user information such as location with responders.
Custom Event Triggers: The ability to configure optional custom event triggers to improve default emergency button functionality
Highly scalable: Quickly and easily deploy tens to thousands of pre-configured buttons.
Easy to carry: The emergency button is small in size, light in weight, wearable, and easy to install.
Ease of use: Intuitive design, buttons are provided for ready use and pre-configured for your organization
Quick: One click triggers an emergency alarm to notify security and personnel to come to help
Because we have studied deeply in this industry, we have the strength to provide firmware and other customized services according to the different needs of customers. Moreover, our supply chain is very stable, and we have passed ISO9001:2015, CE, UL, RoHS, and other certifications, so you can trust us to do the project.