February 28, 2007 German Telecommunications giant Siemens is preparing to market a diminutive multi-purpose device that can be used as a mobile alarm, a fitness trainer and an emergency call system for the elderly and disabled. The functionality of the multi-sensor, modularly constructed AySystem can be expanded to include a camera and a GPS positioning module. The GSM/GPRS-based device (Ay) is about the size of a pack of cards, and has a dedicated Web interface (AyPilot.com). It features integrated motion, sound and temperature sensors, as well as a loudspeaker, and also enables two-way voice communication. If the threshold of a programmed sensor setting is exceeded, the device immediately notifies the user (e.g. by sounding an alarm, sending a text message or opening a voice call). This first-of-its-kind security, personal safety and monitoring solution provides users continuous real-time status updates on anyone or anything anywhere in the world – all of the time. The device can be remotely controlled via the dedicated Web interface for a broad range of uses, both private (e.g. child, elderly and handicapped care, room monitoring and protection of personal belongings) as well as business-related (e.g. tracking and tracing goods and delivery vehicles, providing personal security for employees, and optimizing business processes). The AySystem literally serves as an extension of yourself and your business – as a sensory protective presence.
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