Realtor® Safety Real Alert Application - How Does It Work?

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties

Realtor® Safety Real Alert Application - How Does It Work?

After reading Gene Wunderlich's blog about the latest safety app called *Real Alert, I downloaded it on my iPhone 4. If you have a smart phone I highly recommend purchasing this app. Even if you never use it, it's good to have for an emergency. You can purchase it directly via your iPhone, or you can go to the App Store online. The download was very quick and simple.

I'd like to share the results of my short test run. After the download, it shows up as an icon much like your apps for Contacts, E-mail, Camera, or Calendar. When you're showing properties, or at your Open House, just click on the icon, leave it up, and press any of the features if needed:

Real Alert on the iPhone

1. The most prominent and important feature is the 911 button of course, one press and it calls 911 directly without fussing with the keyboard--it's intuitive and very prominent. (I did not test run this one, the police really takes it seriously!)

2. I find this one very handy: it has a flashlight using the camera flash, not the screen ambient light, and it's very bright! Of course I tested this at the movies, too!

3. If you're only a bit paranoid about the showing or Open House, press the Alert A Friend icon to call someone you program into the phone--in my case, my husband's cell phone number. I tested this, and it's just like a regular phone call, but again with no fumbling on the keyboard. The call is made immediately with no prompts.

4. Another valuable feature is the Locate Hospital. My iPhone is GPS enabled, so a click on this shows the nearest hospitals to my phone, in this case St. Elizabeth Hospital in O'Fallon, Illinois, the address, and the corresponding phone number--which is live linked. All you need do is press and the app will call for you. It's very handy if you find yourself on the road and can drive, but don't want to call an ambulance. Or if someone asks about the nearest hospitals.

 

Locate Hospital - Real Alert

  • Caution, don't drive to the hospital if you feel you, or your client, or family member is having a heart attack! Press the 911 button instead--that's what it's for!

 

5. When the creep leaves, and after you've called 911, you can use the Save Creep Data to login vital information about the creep while it's still fresh in your mind. You have an option to either Save the Creep Data by filling out the blanks, take a photo, or even record audio, and then Save it for retrieval later. One other option is to e-mail the data, with the physical features, vehicle information, etc., to yourself or whomever.

This is also applicable if you have witnessed a crime, or want to report something later so you can retrieve the information in great detail.

6. The one feature which I'm disappointed in is the Sound Alarm, when pressed it emits a tinny siren that only I can hear. If it's in your purse, I doubt anyone can hear it. Don't know if this fixable.

7. One more utility for this app that's not necessarily real estate related, is if you were in an accident or saw an accident, or witnessed a crime, you can easily call 911 and report it.

That's it! I hope you find my test results helpful. Overall, for $1.99 plus tax, this app is well worth it and might save your life, or someone else's. This app, however does not replace being aware of your surroundings and taking other precautions. Here's the link to download online: Real Alert. You can also download directly from your iPhone by clicking on the App Store logo.

EDIT:  For Droid users... I was informed by the developer that the Droid app is going to be out next week. It is now live here: Real Alert for Androids. (Updated 6-16-2011)

For Blackberry users... there is a similar safety app called PANIC available now. (Updated 6-4-2011)

*I'm not paid nor asked to endorse this product. I just believe it's a great safety tool for us in the real estate industry.

05-30-2011

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Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
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Hi, June. It's a great app--its use is not just for real estate agents. I believe it's available for the Blackberry but not 100% sure. Please post back when you find out. Thank you.

Trang, I e-mailed the developer about this, so if she replies I will give an update. Thank you.

May 31, 2011 02:40 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Hi, Sam - you're welcome! It's a great idea, and for $2.11 each, it offers some peace of mind. :) Please come back and tell us what you and your daughter think. :)

Hello, Jodi. You're welcome, If you have an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, it should be available for you.  Good luck!

 

May 31, 2011 02:47 AM #10
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Hello, Rose. You're welcome, and thanks for dropping by.

Hi, John. I'm glad to be of help. Thanks for your kind words.

May 31, 2011 02:49 AM #11
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Hi, Marguerite. Wow is my response too, when realizing its other applications.

Good morning, Teral. You're welcome, I'm glad to share. Thanks for the reminder, and congrats on finishing the challenge. :)

May 31, 2011 02:53 AM #12
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Dale Baker
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Howdy and afternoon to you Yolanda

Yolanda,
you sure posted a mighty fine and helpful blog post for folks. Plus you sure did write a mighty fine overview of the test you did of the APP.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 31, 2011 07:38 AM #13
Rainer
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Yolanda: Seems they have an App for most everything these days. It was nice of you to share this info. so that others can look into the download.

May 31, 2011 10:22 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Good evening, Dale! Thank you, I tried.  I think everyone with a smart phone should have this app.  I'm sold! :)

May 31, 2011 04:16 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
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C&C ~ If they only have an app for a smart phone that cooks, I'd be set. lol Thanks for dropping by... I hope your weekend was a great one. :)

May 31, 2011 04:18 PM #16
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Yolanda,  I wonder if this would work with my blackberry.   Will have to check it out.   Thanks!

Jun 04, 2011 09:14 AM #17
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Good afternoon, Elyse - Thank you for asking... I looked around and it turned out Blackberry has a similar application called Panic. I will edit my blog to add the link.  I hope it helps, and thanks for your comment. :)

Jun 04, 2011 09:50 AM #18
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I was informed by the developer that the Droid safety app is going to be available next week, and Blackberry has a similar safety app called Panic available now.

Jun 04, 2011 10:01 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
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The new safety application for the Android market is out now Real Alert Application for Android users.

 

Jun 15, 2011 07:25 AM #20
Anonymous
Henry Siegel

Good to see the R/E industry adopting this technology. I am requesting that some users test our technology at www.Safetec.com. The full featured version can be used in a 15 day free trial. There are some similarities betweeen SafeTrec and Real Alert. However, where our technology differs is as folllows:

1. Working across every mobile carrier and any cell phone (iPhone App being released in two weeks), it immediately alerts one’s emergency contacts by opening every voice, Internet and SMS channel possible to send, receive and coordinate a response.  Even works on a feature phone by programming a speed dial.

2. When pressing the "Panic " button on the APP, the user's pre-defined personal safety network  is teleconferenced with the user along with  an emergency call center, all within 10 seconds, or less.

3. Video start recording the moment Panic button is pressed.

4. The app also features an “Emergency Safety Profile” that is sent with your messages. This profile can provide critical details of your emergency situation to responders, such as your location, suspect information, and your one-hour location history. You also can upload images, sounds, and video to the profile to provide responders with extra details. The profile also includes your medical information, such as allergies, blood type, and your physical description (along with your photo).

5. Each person in your Personal Safety network also receive both a text message and email providing your exact GPS location when the Panic button was pressed. A link, with address, is embedded within the text the link will bring up google mapping and navigating capabilities, thus making a response and assistance more accurate and timely. 

6. What is unique about MobileTREC technology is that upon an alert being escalated, and requiring a Police or Emergency Response,  the Subscriber's complete profile are instantly transmitted to the appropriate 911 Emergency Call Centers relevant to the user's real-time physical location.  MobileTREC technology is a proprietary gateway, connecting cell phone users, and/or groups of users, directly to 911 Emergency Call Centers and relevant emergency responders. (Police/Fire/Ambulance) 

 
7. Finally, MobileTREC has just been named in Emergency Management Magazine, being hailed as the next safety management system and the only safety management system that possesses so many different levels of security.  The article includes information about our successful pilot program with the Alhambra School District, located in Southern California. Smartphone Panic Button Connects Children with 911, Emergency Contacts
 
If you decide to test our product, would you kindly, email me at Henry@MobileTrec.com with your feedback?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
 
Henry Siegel
Chief Visionary Officer
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Jul 31, 2011 05:48 AM #21
Anonymous
Henry Siegel

OUCH!  The site;a correct URL is  SAFETREC.COM

Jul 31, 2011 05:50 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, Henry. Thanks for the info... you didn't include the cost to use this app.

You can also write a separate blog about this to get your advertisement out to more ActiveRain users.

Have a great day!

Aug 01, 2011 06:32 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Thank you Yolanda, I'm going to look into this, it's very help full.

Nov 27, 2011 01:13 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Hi, Kenneth! The flashlight function alone is worth the minimal cost. Thanks for your comment!

Nov 27, 2011 04:55 PM #25
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Mohamed

I've tested this application when I had my iPhone but now I've changed to Android I'm using "Mobile Alert" from Avanquest Mobile Technologies that is more usefull as it allow you also to inform rescue teams of your medical condition (allergies, medications, etc...) to help them taking care of you the best way they should.

In addition to that it will automatically dial the correct emergency number wherever you are (mean in an other country that do not support 911 or 112), it will notify people you selected to be notified that you need help and also with your position, it has Flash Light and Alarm functions, allow you to tell people if you are an organ donor or not.

But the most powerfull feature is as said above that all your medical info are available to rescue team to help them in assisting you (if you are allergic to penicilin then they will know before injecting you the fatal dose!

Get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avanquest.alert

 

Jul 02, 2012 08:18 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
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Thanks, Mohamed. Should I change to Android, that will be helpful.

Jul 03, 2012 01:33 AM #27
Anonymous
Mohamed

I don't think so

My Wife has an iPhone and I did take a look at Avanquest Mobile Technologies website (those who are publishing this app) and it seems that an iPhone version is also on the work (no date about its availability)

Wait and see... :)

Keep doing good work on informing people

Thanks

Jul 04, 2012 06:59 PM #28
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