BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AskMyBuddy, a personal alert network voice assistance application, today announced that it has completed its latest technology development that will allow the Company to interface with emergency Call/Monitoring Centers, closing the loop on a significant and growing space in the voice-activated personal assistance world. With 11,000 baby boomers turning 70 years old every day and the life expectancy increasing in age, there is an overwhelming need for voice activated services to notify a network of caregivers in the event of an emergency. While push button alert devices are useful, they only work if the user is wearing the device, especially true with newer “wearables” using accelerometers to detect falls.
“We believe that all methods of notification, including 911, push button devices, accelerometer impact activated devices and voice alert services are ALL important tools to get assistance when we need it,” said Pat Coggins, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder of AskMyBuddy. “If the user needs assistance but can’t reach their phone or button, with AskMyBuddy, they simply call out for assistance using their voice. While our original version of the app contacted the users’ network of family and caregivers, this new integration will add the ability to contact the users’ preferred emergency list and call monitoring service and that service follows a protocol that includes sending emergency services if needed.”
Currently, AskMyBuddy is a free service on the Amazon Alexa, Google Home/Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana voice platforms and at just over two years old, AskMyBuddy has over 125,000 users and is a top 10 Alexa Skill. The service sends more than 10,000 alerts per month, a number that Coggins sees growing exponentially in the coming years. “According to the market research study by Transparency Market Research, in 2015, the global intelligent virtual assistant market is projected to reach a value of $7.9 Billion by the end of 2024. By integrating with call/monitoring centers, we see tremendous expansion in our market over the next several years.”
Integration with the AskMyBuddy service requires minimal implementation time and will provide the monitoring service access to a significant and growing customer base, especially as the cost of in-home devices continues to decline, making them accessible to a larger audience. Sheryl Coggins, Co-founder said, “Emergency call centers have been looking for creative ways to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive industry and the integration of AskMyBuddy and its broad service offering may be an immediate and required next step.” She added “The app has been called ‘innovative,’ ‘disruptive,’ ‘The Future’ and many others but the one phrase we prefer is ‘Necessary’.”
Further information can be found on the Company’s corporate website at https://www.askmybuddy.net
Ask My Buddy is a free service that leverages Amazon Alexa and Google Home Voice Platforms to connect a user to their Personal Alert Network using only their voice. The service is designed for ease of use by all customers, and is a favorite of senior and mobility challenged individuals. Ask My Buddy is not a substitute for 911, but rather an additional tool for those trying to preserve their independence, offering the security of knowing help is just a shout away.