Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) - Makes elderly people stay more secure and independent with peace of mind
Fear of safety and security of elderly people who stay at home and also in critical situation has led to the introduction of PERS into the Market. PERS are the medical devices that are used by individuals to call for any emergency medical help. It connects to a 24 hr call center with a push of button. It has three parts: Battery operated transmitter which can be carried or worn (around the neck or on a wrist band like watch or bracelet), console or base station, monitoring station. When a transmitter button is pressed, it immediately sends signal to console which contacts the emergency care services or the user’s family members informing to address the emergency.
PERS devices are segmented based on
- Standalone devices
Since the introduction of PERS in the market, technology has advanced rapidly and the traditional home PERS is being tapped out and replaced by highly functional and modern systems.
PERS market leaders in the landline and mobile based segments Philips Lifeline, Health Watch Inc. Other major players that have had a considerable market share are LifeAlert, Alert1, Tunstall, BayAlarm Medical and ADT Health. Though PERS manufacturing companies have comparable product portfolio, there is a small difference in quality, safety, reliability of the services provided by them.
The increased penetration of smart phone and widespread adoption of internet among people have resulted in manufacturers shifting their focus towards mobile PERS. These devices also provide a psychological advantage to few elderly people who feel embarrassed about wearing a PERS pendant or wrist band in public due to fear of being branded as weak.
The mobile PERS devices will be the major growth segment as they are simple to set up and use and integrate into daily life without any interruption as long as there is cellular service. However, limited accessibility range of GPS in few regions can be a challenge for PERS manufacturers.