I was intrigued by this article at CNN.com about how some hotels in New York City are outfitting their cleaning staff with panic buttons like medical alerts.
Obviously the technology will be a little more complex than a standard medical alert button, because a button worn by a hotel maid for her to use in case she got assaulted by a guest would have to identify her location, not just the fact that the button got pressed.
Still, it’s a good “vote of confidence” for technology that can be carried on the body to alert others when you’re in trouble.
Bravo for the hotels for taking better care of their workers and doing something to keep them safe from harm.
Also, I can’t help but wonder whether something like this will provide a technology boost back to the medical alert market. This might be what spurs a long-range unit that performs in more challenging conditions than most home-use medical alerts do.