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Protection at your fingertips

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Brian Bonitto, Special Assignment Editor

Are you on the move and in need of that added protection?

Well, this is just a mobile phone away.

At least two local security firms are offering mobile phone tracking.

"We introduced the service a month ago," said Ricky Mahfood, managing director of Hawkeye Security Limited. "And, as far as we are aware, we were the first to do so."

According to Mahfood, in the event of an emergency, a button is pressed on the mobile phone which alerts his office that the user is in danger.

"Once activated, we can see where the person is and a response team is dispatched," said Mahfood.

The managing director said any smart phone could be used, once it has GPS capabilities and internet connectivity.

A similar service was recently launched by KingAlarm Systems.

According to a press release from John P. Azar, KingAlarm's managing director, in addition to sending a distress signal to the monitoring centre, users can also simultaneously have an SMS or email sent to emergency contact persons of their choice.

Mahfood said the service was ideal for persons on the move.

"It's for anybody who has the need for personal security while travelling on the road," Mahfood said.

Azar, according to the release, shied away from giving pricing specifics.

Mahfood, however, said his company - Hawkeye Security Limited — made the service very affordable for clients.

"It's $12,000 plus tax, for the year," said Mahfood. "We priced it aggressively to make it very attractive," he pointed out.