Traditional Landline PERS vs Mobile PERS (mPERS)

Alex Flitton
Aug 28, 2018 8:05:00 AM

In a presentation at a PERS Summit event, AvantGuard president, Justin Bailey, predicted the end of traditional landline PERS devices. While the number of landline units has dramatically decreased in the last 10 years, their continued existence is cause for analysis; especially in contrast to the rising popularity of mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS).

A Dying, Yet Persistent Technology

Simply put, traditional Landline PERS units are on the tail end of the bell curve. Their popularity has already spiked, and now it is on the sharp decline. But, why? The biggest challenge with the traditional PERS device is its direct connection to a phone line. This connection keeps it grounded, immobile and useless outside of its dedicated room. That doesn’t sound too appealing to people who want to go shopping, go for a walk or visit the park; let alone someone who simply wants to go from room to room.

Relevant Features

Although landline units have many flaws, they are better than mPERS devices at a few things, especially when it comes to volume and sound quality. Because of its direct connection to the telephone line, the landline unit is a superior communication facilitator. On many mPERS devices, the volume capabilities and overall sound quality often struggle to meet the demands of aging ears.

Another benefit of the traditional PERS unit is its direct connection to the wall of a home. This power connection reduces the chances of having a dead battery or losing power. That is, unless the home loses power entirely, in which case, back up batteries will last for a period of time.

The Superiority of mPERS Devices

In spite of the few advantages held by landline devices, mPERS devices seem to have the features that subscribers want. The biggest feature, which is described in its name, is the mobility factor. It should be obvious to manufacturers and dealers that, no matter the age, people want to live independently. So having the option to leave the home without losing the protective shield that a PERS device offers is invaluable.

In addition to the mobility factor, mPERS devices are more likely to come with GPS and WiFi locating technologies. Instead of having to assume that a subscriber is at home when an alarm goes off, mPERS devices can identify the exact location of a subscriber after the button is pushed. Locating subscribers becomes increasingly important as they move around. Whether they are in a park, at the grocery store or in their backyard, the application of both locating technologies extend the device’s utility beyond the walls of the home.

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