The R499 Linea watch, which has no monthly subscription fees, features a panic button that can send an SMS to give pre-programmed trusted contacts and offer real-time location monitoring for up to 30 minutes.
“When required, the owner of the watch can simply push the panic button on the device, and their pre-determined trusted contacts will immediately receive an alert via SMS, with a date, a time and a live GPS location link to a map to click on,” Vodacom said.
The device is aimed particularly at senior citizens, who might need to call for assistance if, for example, they have fallen and can’t reach their phone.
The associated phone app is just required to setup the trusted contacts it seems, as the watch has it's own embedded SIM.
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