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Noonlight: A Personal Emergency Response App for College Students

Aug 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For many high school graduates, leaving home for college might be the first time they leave their hometown. Leaving a place like Logan, Utah for Chicago, Illinois can be a drastic, and somewhat frightening change. Thankfully GPS can often navigate you to where you need to go, but you might not know what areas are safe and unsafe. For those times, it can make you feel much better having someone, or something to watch over you. Enter Noonlight.

What is Noonlight?

Noonlight is an app that acts as a personal emergency response device. The app is simple: press the blue dot if you feel you are in danger, or you need help. After 10 seconds, dispatch will be sent to your location.

This can be a safety net that college students need when walking back to their car late at night from class, or when taking a ride share service from school back home. With the app, someone always knows where you are, which not only provides peace of mind, but provides actual safety benefits.

How Does The Noonlight App Work?

Let’s say you are walking back to your car from campus. It is late at night, and you feel a bit uneasy. You can press and hold the blue button until you feel safe. If you let go, Noonlight uses your GPS location on your phone to dispatch EMS to your location. Unlike calling 911, there is no need to speak to an operator.

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In that same scenario, let’s say you make it to your car, and there is nothing to worry about, but you already tapped the blue button. You have ten seconds to type in a personalized pin to let dispatchers know there isn’t an emergency. If you forget your pin, Noonlight will contact you via text or phone to verify the alarm, if you do not respond, EMS will be dispatched.

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You can also designate Noonlight as an emergency contact. All you have to do is save Noonlight as a contact in your phone. Then, for instance, in the Uber app, you can add Noonlight as your trusted contacts. When you call a ride, simply share your trip with Noonlight. Then, if you need help, information such as your picture, the driver’s information, the make and model of the car, and your location will all be shared with the police. This provides them with the most useful information to help them respond quickly to your request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is SafeTrek and Noonlight The Same Thing?
Yes, the app has been available since 2013, but SafeTrek rebranded the app to Noonlight in 2017.

How Much Does Noonlight Cost?
When you download Noonlight, you have the option to start a one-month free trial. After the first month, it is $2.99 a month for the service.

What’s The Difference Between Noonlight and 911?
When you call 911, the dispatcher doesn’t have any information until you tell them. Noonlight automatically has your information on file, and your location via your phone’s GPS.

Does Noonlight Record Video?
Currently, you can’t record video for alarm verification using Noonlight.

Does Noonlight integrate with Apple Watch?
Yes. You can download the app and use your watch instead of your phone to get help when you need it.

Does Noonlight integrate with My Smart Home Devices?
Noonlight integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. If you are unable to reach your phone during an emergency, you can use Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands to call for help via Noonlight. You can say something like “Alexa, tell Noonlight to send help,” and Noonlight will dispatch EMS to your home.

It also integrates with Nest systems. When Noonlight is integrated with your Nest system, you will be notified when your alarm is triggered and EMS will be sent to your home. You can cancel a dispatch by entering your four digit PIN number.

Do You Need Cell Service To Use Noonlight?
Yes. It will not work in rural areas or “dead zones” where cell service is not accessible.

Noonlight is a great example of how IoT is changing the way we monitor the world around us. Technology continues to shape the way we live on a day-to-day basis, so it’s important to know about the newest trends, especially when it comes to you or your loved one’s safety. Click here to read more about how AvantGuard is using IoT to change the way we monitor the world.

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