December 10, 2012

SecuraTrac a Finalist for Phonebooth.com SMB Innovator Award for 2012

Award finalists move on to “People’s Choice” voting round Dec. 10-14, Grand Prize winner to be announced Monday, Dec. 17

RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cloud based business VoIP provider Phonebooth, a division of Bandwidth, announced today the Top 10 finalists selected for the 2012 SMB Innovator Awards. The finalists represent small and medium-sized businesses from industries such as food and beverage, technology, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and nonprofit that showcase innovation as part of their core DNA.

All SMB Innovator Awards nominations received from Nov. 5-30, 2012 were reviewed according to specific award criteria by Phonebooth representatives and by an esteemed panel of judges representative of government, media and the SMB community. Nominees were asked to describe how innovation manifested itself in the products the company develops or sells, the tools they use to operate the business, the risks they have taken to grow the business, the way they treat their customers, how they manage staff and the ways they impact the community. Applications were assigned to the five-person panel that independently read and scored each submission, with independent reviewers’ scores averaged to determine nominees’ weighted outcome.

Phonebooth is proud to announce the following 2012 SMB Innovator Awards finalists:

People’s Choice Award
From Monday, Dec. 10 to Friday, Dec. 14, voting will be open for the People’s Choice Award. This award will be given to one of the Top 10 SMB Innovators and will be determined entirely by the online voting process. The People’s Choice Award winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize in addition to the following items:

  • One Phonebooth User for a year plus one 3-line Yealink T-22 HD IP Phone
  • SMB Innovator badge to use on websites and in print materials
  • An engraved SMB Innovator 2012 award

Click here to vote.

Grand Prize
The Grand Prize winner of the SMB Innovator Awards will receive $20,000 to help fund its business, add resources or support any aspect of the company’s growth and development. The Grand Prize winner will not be announced until after the People’s Choice Award portion of the competition has ended. Both award winners, as well as the complete ranked list of the Top 10 SMB Innovators, will be announced on Monday, Dec. 17.

About Phonebooth
Phonebooth is a division of Bandwidth – a nationwide supplier of voice and data communications services to small and medium size businesses. Bandwidth is one of the largest and fastest growing telecommunications providers in the nation with over 13 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry.  Phonebooth is a cloud based phone system that is perfect for small businesses, freelancers and independent professionals who need a professional, cost-effective and easy-to-use phone solution.

For more information, click here: www.phonebooth.com.  To read the Phonebooth blog, click here: www.phonebooth.com/blog.

Contacts

PAN Communications
Matthew Briggs, 617-502-4357
bandwidth@pancomm.com

January 27, 2012

SecuraChild Offers a Free Online Service to Report Missing Children

Filed under: Children, Family, Online, Safety, Security, _SecuraChild RSS, _SecuraTrac RSS — admin @ 2:00 am

By Dachell McSween of Yahoo Voices!

It can be a nightmare for a parent to find out that their child is missing. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States every year. Unfortunately, all missing children cases reported to the police are not eligible to have a traditional Amber Alert issued for them especially if police officials do not believe that an abduction has taken place and the child is not in a life-threatening situation.  

A technology company called SecuraTrac, LLC located in Hermosa Beach, California, created a child safety service called SecuraChild. Through this free service, parents enter pertinent information about their missing child including name, age, height and weight on the SecuraChild site. Parents also have the option of providing additional personal information relating to their child including medical conditions, photos and videos. In the event that a child registered on the site is missing, parents can quickly log into their account to alert SecuraChild and also provide descriptive information including where the child was last seen and what the child was wearing. Then, a community response alert goes out to thousands of SecuraChild members through both email and text and social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Parents also receive a document via email with all of the stored information about their child to provide as key information for police and help ease the process of registering their missing child with law enforcement.

“We are using social media and word-of-mouth efforts to help find missing children,” explains Chris Holbert, CEO of SecuraTrac.

SecuraChild is a fully encrypted site and each account and information submitted is secure for users. According to Holbert, 90 percent of their users are based in the United States. They also have users from other countries including Mexico, Canada and in the Philippines. Through the site, parents have the opportunity to reach so many people to assist with find missing children in seconds.

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January 26, 2012

SecuraTrac A Phone App That Helps Keep Kids Safe!

I worry about my kids constantly… but that’s a mother’s job, right?  Maybe they think I’m overprotective (I know they do) but I just want to keep them safe.  Is that so wrong?  Last week, I dropped my 9-year-old off at one of her activities and began to pull away in the car pool lane. As I watched to make sure she went in the door to her class, I saw her turn back and go out to the playground – where no one was supervising.  I drove back, parked and told her to go inside to her class and she rolled her eyes and told me she was waiting for her friend.  I had no idea eye rolling started at 9…why didn’t someone warn me!  I explained that it wasn’t safe for her to be on the playground alone without a parent or teacher there.  I told her that it’s not that I don’t trust her – but there are a lot of bad people in this world who try to hurt or take children and she can never be alone.  She really wasn’t listening…she just wanted me to go before her friends got there. Sigh.  No matter how often I tell her, and we talk about it a lot, she just doesn’t seem to understand what a dangerous place this world is.

The truth is, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing.  That’s more than 2,000 kids a day…frightening isn’t it?  Recently, I received an email about a website that could help if the unthinkable does happen.  It’s called SecuraChild.com and it combines the power of Facebook, Twitter, email and text in the event a child goes missing.

On this encrypted and secure website you can create a free, secure account  for your child where you can put a picture and information like height, weight, hair color, eye color, other identifying information and medical conditions. If, God forbid, your child goes missing you add updated information like where the child was last seen and what he was wearing.  That information is sent out in a blast to social networking sites and through text messages and email. SecuraChild, which is operated by SecuraTrac is a free service that parents can access in an emergency.

SecuraTrac also has an app that may be helpful when the kids get a little older.  It’s called SecuraFone and it transforms a cell phone into a safety device.  SecuraFone allows parents and kids to always be connected through the power of GPS technology.  The app gives parents location updates and goes one step further by uploading an SOS key onto the phone.

If the child is in trouble or needs help, he simply presses an SOS button or slides a bar to send out an alert, via email or text, to all emergency contacts. I think that’s a great feature!

This next feature may be controversial with teens…but it could also save lives.  The SecuraFone App has a distracted driver feature which detects the speed of a car and locks the phone to prevent texting and emailing while driving.

If parents choose they can also receive speed alerts.  A message will be sent if the child is driving over a predetermined speed threshold.

Parents have access to all of the phones settings through a password protected web account.  SecuraFone is available for iPhone and Android devices for $8.99/month. For more information go to the SecuraFone Website

What do you think?  Would you install this on your child’s phone?  How do you think he or she would feel about it?

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September 19, 2011

SecuraChild – Make Your Own Amber Alerts!!!

Filed under: Blog, Children, Family, Online, Safety, Security, _SecuraChild RSS, _SecuraTrac RSS — admin @ 9:00 am

Frugal Family Fun Blogger, Lisa Moore Gee

Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone’s son or daughter goes missing, but only a fraction of those children are eligible to have a traditional Amber Alert issued for them because the circumstances for their disappearance do not lead officials to believe they are in life-threatening danger among other criteria. A new technology has been developed, however, that allows parents to send out their own alert anytime their child goes missing. 

The technology is called SecuraChild. It is an internet service that is free to use where parents can create an account, save profiles on each of their children that they can print out for police with details that can be hard to recall under stress like height, weight, etc. And, parents can also log in and submit a missing child notice that is broadcast over Facebook, Twitter and the SecuraChild network (members of the network receive a text and email missing child alert message) notifying hundreds of potential searchers that the child is missing in mere seconds.

As a mom I think this is a revolutionary service.  Many times the message gets out too late. Every moment a child is missing is a moment too long. 

There is a simple, 3-step process:
1. Register online in just a matter of minutes

2. Enter identifying information about your child and login anytime you want to securely update or change this information

3. In the event of a missing child, report your child missing at www.SecuraChild.com to trigger a Community Response Alert (CoRA™) in seconds. 

Provide yourself with peace-of-mind and your child with an instant search party should he or she ever go missing.  Sign-up today at www.securachild.com.

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August 25, 2011

So Mommy Asks “What if your child went missing?”

“Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone’s son or daughter goes missing, but only a fraction of those children are eligible to have a traditional Amber Alert issued for them because the circumstances for their disappearance do not lead officials to believe they are in life-threatening danger among other criteria. A new technology has been developed, however, that allows parents to send out their own alert anytime their child goes missing. 

SecuraChild is entirely free for parents and guardians to use. An account can be created for any child with a minimum of important identifying information including: height, weight, hair color, and eye color. A parent can include other meaningful information including medical conditions, unique and descriptive features as well as posting images, videos and other content that could be used to help find their missing child quickly. The site is fully encrypted and each account is protected to ensure the security of all information. Also, parents can choose exactly what details they want to save on the profile that they create.

If a parent’s son or daughter should ever go missing, the parent can quickly login to their account to provide basic details such as where the child was last seen, what the child was wearing, and where they may be going or ties to an area or community. SecuraChild then broadcasts the information and the child’s detailed portfolio to thousands via social networking sites, text messages and emails, creating a nearly instantaneous network of searchers. 

In addition, when a missing child is reported, SecuraChild emails the parents a free PDF document that packages all of the stored information on the missing child. Parents can provide this document to law enforcement to expedite the process of registering their missing child with local law enforcement and the issuance of a traditional Amber Alert.”  (All above is from the press release).

SecuraChild is extremely easy (and free!) to sign up.  I definitely recommend doing it!  Like said above, if your child goes missing it may be hard to recall some important details.  SecuraChild remembers them for you!

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August 18, 2011

SecuraChild Steps in Where Amber Alerts Cannot from About.com

By Christie Matte, About.com Guide

A missing child is one of the biggest nightmares for parents. The feeling of helplessness adds to the fear of the unknown. Most of us are familiar with the Amber Alert system, but not everyone realizes that there are specific criteria for when an Amber Alert is issued:

  • Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place
  • The child is at risk of serious injury or death
  • There is sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor’s vehicle to issue an alert
  • The child must be 17 years old or younger
  • It is recommended that immediate entry of AMBER Alert data be entered in FBI’s National Crime Information Center.

Text information describing the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the child should be entered, and the case flagged as Child Abduction.

What do you do when your child doesn’t meet that criteria? One father had an idea and createdSecuraChild, a website that uses social media to help the search for missing children. To use the service, sign up and provide information about your child, such as eye color, hair color, and identifying features. If your child goes missing, notify SecuraChild and they will spread the information through their social networks. The site is still relatively new and their social media reach is too small to have much of an impact, but I would expect it to grow over time.

What do you think? Is this a service that would make you feel more secure?

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August 2, 2011

Retail Therapy Lounge Blog Discusses SecuraChild

Filed under: Blog, Children, Family, Online, Safety, Security, _SecuraChild RSS, _SecuraTrac RSS — admin @ 9:00 am

Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone’s son or daughter goes missing, but only a fraction of those children are eligible to have a traditional Amber Alert issued for them because the circumstances for their disappearance do not lead officials to believe they are in life-threatening danger among other criteria. A new technology has been developed, however, that allows parents to send out their own alert anytime their child goes missing. 

The technology is called SecuraChild. It is an internet service that is free to use where parents can create an account, save profiles on each of their children that they can print out for police with details that can be hard to recall under stress like height, weight, etc. And, parents can also log in and submit a missing child notice that is broadcast over Facebook, Twitter and the SecuraChild network (members of the network receive a text and email missing child alert message) notifying hundreds of potential searchers that the child is missing in mere seconds.

You can join the network to receive missing child alerts by either creating an account for your child (children) at www.securachild.com or by just liking the SecuraChild page on Facebook.

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July 13, 2011

SecuraChild Uses Social Media to Spread the Word If a Child Goes Missing

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

The U.S. Justice Department reports that approximately 2,185 children are reported missing every day, which averages to a child going missing every 40 seconds. That’s almost 800,000 kids each year in the U.S. alone. The statistics are terrifying. It is every parent’s worst nightmare to be in the midst of a scenario involving a lost child, but tragically it happens all too often.

Amber alerts have been helpful in quickly broadcasting the suspected abductor’s and child’s details through Emergency Alert Systems, but with the advances in technology, there are additional ways that can get the word out faster and to a wider base of people. SecuraChild is one of those ways. It is a website and service that uses all modern means of communication – social networks, Facebook, Twitter, email, texts – to send an alert whenever a child is reported missing through the site.

Parents need to go to the website and register their child(ren) for free. Identifying information such as physical characteristics, medical conditions, photos and videos can be securely added to complete a child’s profile. In the event of a missing child, the parent can quickly go to the website and enter where the child was last seen, what they were wearing, etc. and immediately activate a Community Response Alert. The information, along with the child’s profile, is blasted to thousands of people including followers of SecuraChild on Facebook and Twitter and Securachild members, who can then become a virtual and offline search party.

When the alert is created, SecuraChild also sends parents a document containing all the information entered about the child, which makes it easier for officials and local law enforcement agencies. CEO Chris Holbert says, “If your child goes missing, it is nearly, if not totally, impossible to remain calm. Unlike other services that exist today, SecuraChild is free for parents to use to create profiles for their children, and we broadcast the notification they send us when their child is missing to Facebook, Twitter and our members to create a vast network of searchers in seconds. By using SecuraChild parents can crowd source thousands of willing parents and child protection networks to mobilize a search party quickly as every minute counts.”

It is important to note that SecuraChild does not contact the authorities and police department in the event of an abduction. This is simply an additional service that parents should be aware of to help spread the word and get more people mobilized quickly.

It is the hope that you or I will never ever have to experience anything as traumatic as a missing child, but in the tragic event that it happens, being prepared with technology on your side is the best thing that you can do.

July 11, 2011

SecuraTrac Partners with Simply Consistent, Inc.

Company spreads knowledge of GPS location technology through celebrity, community connections

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – SecuraTrac, a dynamic provider of personal location services focused on protecting children, the elderly and pets, announced today a new partnership with Simply Consistent, Inc. as part of the company’s goals to increase sales and marketing surrounding new product launches slated for this year.

Simply Consistent, Inc. provides a diverse array of services to fulfill all of their client’s business and personal needs. They specialize in cultivating the success of small businesses and individual clients through brand, businesses and personal management.

“We are looking forward to working with Kathleen Checki and her team at Simply Consistent, Inc. to help build the SecuraTrac brand as we continue to grow our business and provide consumers and corporations with innovative safety solutions,” said SecuraTrac CEO Chris Holbert.  “Increasing awareness about the technological advancements and potential safety benefits of GPS locators and emergency response systems is a primary goal of ours, and through our partnership with Simply Consistent, we believe we will drive the market forward and achieve our goals.”

CEO of Simply Consistent, Kathleen Checki said, “Mahatma Ghandi is quoted as saying: ‘A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members’ and Simply Consistent’s mission is to help make a difference, working with and providing safety and education to our most vulnerable groups.”  Ms. Checki continued, “Today, we are honored to be combining forces with SecuraTrac, a company that is unparalleled to any other safety-related product we have researched.”

About SecuraTrac
SecuraTrac, LLC focuses on improving the lives of families through the use of a small, light- weight GPS device and a state-of-the-art, easy-to-use website. SecuraTrac’s SecuraPAL® Guardian solution for children is the recipient of The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and their LifeTrac® MobileProtector solution for seniors is currently nominated for Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards for Excellence in Mobile & Wireless Communication Technology. The company is headquartered in Hermosa Beach, CA. For more information please visit www.securatrac.com.

About Simply Consistent

We, at Simply Consistent, have, over our 10 years of solid experience, managed a multitude of exceptional and creative personalities, spanning from Etta James to NASA Scientists. Simply Consistent’s high-end clientele represents, amongst others, writers, directors, singers, children, doctors, sommeliers, therapists and chefs; any Small Business or Individual who expects to get to their highest level or boost the success they have achieved. If you are at the cusp of greatness or have achieved your summit of success and want to maintain and or excel to greater levels, the team at Simply Consistent will ensure that creatively and financially, you and your career are being managed completely and flawlessly. For more information please visit www.simplyconsistent.com.

June 23, 2011

Mommys Links — SecuraChild.com Helps Parents Find Missing Children Faster

Filed under: Children, Family, Online, Safety, Security, _SecuraChild RSS, _SecuraTrac RSS — admin @ 9:51 am

Seconds after parents upload a missing child report SecuraChild.com notifies network of social media websites and SecuraChild.com members to begin the search

Every 40 seconds someone’s son or daughter is reported missing, totaling 2,160 missing children a day or about 800,000 missing children in the United States each year. From the days of printing children’s faces on milk cartons and posting on highway electronic billboards the alert systems available to help locate missing children have gone hi-tech.

SecuraChild™ is entirely free for parents and guardians to use. An account can be created for any child with a minimum of important identifying information including: height, weight, hair color, and eye color.  A parent can include other meaningful information including medical conditions, unique and descriptive features as well as posting images, videos and other content that could be used to help find their missing child quickly.  The site is fully encrypted and each account is protected to ensure the security of all information.  Also, parents can choose exactly what details they want to save on the profile that they create. If a parent’s son or daughter should ever go missing, the parent can quickly login to their account to provide basic details such as where the child was last seen, what the child was wearing, and where they may be going or ties to an area or community.  SecuraChild then broadcasts the information and the child’s detailed portfolio to thousands via social networking sites, text messages and emails, creating a nearly instantaneous network of searchers.

In addition, when a missing child is reported, SecuraChild emails the parents a free PDF document that packages all of the stored information on the missing child.  Parents can provide this document to law enforcement to expedite the process of registering their missing child with local law enforcement and the issuance of a traditional Amber Alert.

Provide yourself with peace-of-mind and your child with an instant search party should he or she ever go missing.  Sign-up today at www.securachild.com

SecuraChild powered by SecuraTrac is the latest advancement in these systems, combining the power of various social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, with email and text message notifications whenever a child is reported missing through the site.

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