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Last updated October 13, 2017

ALIVE SmartSafety Tool + Satellite Messenger

Calls for help, even if you can't. Stays aware because when you are in trouble every second counts! PLB - LiveTracker - LifeSaver

ALIVE SmartSafety Tool + Satellite Messenger

Calls for help, even if you can't. Stays aware because when you are in trouble every second counts! PLB - LiveTracker - LifeSaver

pledged of €200,000pledged of €200,000 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 10 2017 7:31 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 13, 2017

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Prevents serious complications in rescue efforts caused by deadzones or disability to notify search and rescue teams

Did you know that every year more than 20.000 people die in outdoor sports and on the open sea, just because nobody got aware early enough that there is a person in trouble? Only 10% of the planet are covered by cellular network! What if you need help but you are in a dead zone? We made this experience - not a nice one! We want to stop that. And that's why we have developed A*LIVE... for all these outdoor activities:


In 2003 we started the development of safety solutions for watersports. For decades there were no professional safety systems for surfers or kiter at all, although it can get life-threatening rapidly when they adrift.

However, apart from very expensive, complicated and heavy expedition gear with satellite-only connection, a water resistant device that keeps a permanent connection to the land didn’t exist yet. That's where we started. These key points are solved by the A*LIVE SmartSafety tool:

  • Dependency on mobile network 
  • High costs for satellite-only devices 
  • Missing or unreliable 2-way-communication 
  • Unreliable waterproofness 
  • Missing automatic SOS, self-awareness, no dead-man-switch 
  • No connectivity to external triggers like pulse meters or avalanche airbags
  • High monthly or yearly subscription fees


Intended Measurements: 12 x 8 x 4 cm, approx. 200 g


100% connected globally – life saving for people in trouble
The essential SmartSafety function is the connection to someone who can help you when you have a problem. Cell phones are not reliable enough to provide a safe connection, because of dead zones in GSM (2G/3G/4G) networks, sensitivity to cold, heat and moisture, or a limited, temperature depending battery time.

A*LIVE automatically keeps the connection to the world even in dead zones up to four days in a row without charging. Everywhere and anytime on a global scale. You can communicate whenever you want to – or whenever you need to!

A*LIVE automatically chooses the least cost network: GSM, 3G/4G or Iridium Satellite. This secures 100% coverage at a fixed low cost rate. No roaming hassle, independent of any local network, power supply or the internet. A*LIVE also works on the sea or on mountains. In case of an emergency you or your partner does not have to run and search for a connection. You can stay together wherever you are.


100% automatic lifeline – no room for mistakes 

Automatic dead-man-switch:

A*LIVE is the first safety device with a dead-man-switch. It automatically warns your friends or rescue facility about possibly dangerous situations in case you are not able to do this on your own anymore.

There are several automatic alarm-schemes predefined:

  • Hard impact alarm and not moving 
  • Wrong area (geofence) 
  • Unusual speed/movement 
  • External trigger 
  • Dynamic Roaming Geofences for Teams

For certain activities predefined profiles can be chosen: Mountainbiking, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Sailing, Climbing, Mountaineering, Trekking, Skiing/Snowboarding and a very special scenario for kidnapping (additional manual dead-man switch).

You can also cancel the warning anytime, as the device signals all kind of manual and automatic alarms. 

If A*LIVE is connected to a pulse sensor it gives alarm if the pulse rate changes critically. A*LIVE can also be connected to avalanche AirBags and other rescue systems. External data is transmitted via Bluethooth LE.

Example: You crash your bike and don't move for 5 Minutes - A*LIVE sends a warning

Example: You pull your avalanche backback - A*LIVE sends a warning

Example: You leave the safe zone - A*LIVE sends a warning

 Example: Your tracking profile shows unusual (also vertical) speed or movement - A*LIVE sends a warning

Automatic SOS call to the closest 24/7 professional rescue facility:

In case of an emergency your SOS call is send to the closest professional rescue facility automatically. Just press one button three times (S-O-S). No time is lost and there is no room for mistakes. They automatically receive your exact GPS position and can start the rescue at once even on the sea, by night or in difficult environment. We use GEOS for global rescue coordination, but you can also use local SAR facilities. You can also setup automatic 2-step-escalations for the automatic alerts to make sure that always somebody reacts.

Short distance safety alert

In case of an emergency A*LIVE sends strong optical signals. A*LIVE also sends a Bluetooth-Ping every second. With the A*LIVE App (iOS/Android) people can find you even if they have no A*LIVE device within a range of approximately ten meters.

Dynamic Roaming Geofences for Teams

Adjust your geofence only once to your team-leader, and it will automatically move with the masterdevice, keeping the team alongside. Perfect also for Vessels and Tender-Tracking.



The A*LIVE App – Keep in touch with the world everywhere anytime A*LIVE also is a global gateway for your emails and SMS. You can use it as a satellite modem for text messages everywhere anytime. A*LIVE is connected to your cell phone via Bluetooth LE. When you start your trip you choose your SmartSafety profile in the App. You can see your track data and those of your friends using an A*LIVE. The A*LIVE App connects you to your team members, friends and family. In terms of near-field SOS location you can use the A*LIVE App to find someone within a range of ten meters through the Bluetooth-Ping signal as an avalanche transceiver.

Choose your safety profile at the A*LIVE App

Real-Time Tracking for Safety, Competition and Fun

Your A*Live comes with a private tracking website. You can share this link with your team, friends and family. They can see your position anytime. A*LIVE provides high accuracy 3D-localization showing also the altitude within a range of ten meters. There is an API for sharing your track data on Facebook automatically – if you wish to. With the TeamView function you can see your team online - even if you are far outside. Authorized persons can also "ping" your position on the A*LIVE when your tracking is not active.

Screenshot from TripShare Public LiveTracking

 Screenshots from current SmartSafety Web App:



Screenshot from current SmartSafety Web App.


Email, SMS, telegram, weather forecast, see and share track information, team tracking


Inductive charging (QI Standard). 2.4Ah, up to 120 hours of battery life at maximal activity rate. The more time is spent in 4G/3G/GSM network areas the longer the battery lasts.


A*LIVE is a product of ProteGear Global Tracking Safety Solutions. ProteGear provides the only system that works with one data plan at fixed rates globally. A*LIVE automatically chooses the least cost network GSM, 3G/4G or iridium satellite. You can choose between pay-by-day, pay-by-week, pay-by-month or premium options in yearly contracts. Pay-by-day is the most flexible way to use the A*LIVE starting at 3 Euro per activated day or Eur 19 per month.

More than 25 organizations and hundreds of individual clients are already using the ProteGear safety. We have more than ten years of experience in combining different devices like GSM and Iridium trackers and their original software with our own system. We now need your support to bring our vision of establishing an easy and affordable new standard in personal safety into reality .

Find more information at the ProteGear website

ProteGear rescue system – choose between regional or global perspective

Within your ProteGear dataplan you can individually assign to a local/regional or global rescue facility. Local means that you are added to a team or to friends. In case the A*LIVE sends a warning those people are contacted at first. When you choose a regional (for example the European) or the global rescue facility (the GEOS system) your SOS call is directly send to one of those professional 24/7 ones. This is independent of your data plan.


More than 25 organizations and hundreds of individual clients are already using the ProteGear safety. We have more than ten years of experience in combining different devices like GSM and Iridium trackers and their original software with our own system. We now need your support to bring our vision of establishing an easy and affordable new standard in personal safety into reality .

Find more information at the ProteGear website

Risks and challenges

The SmartSafety Service is already working and operating on various places around the world since 2014, with different hardware (trackers) from third parties (operating in Europe, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, Antarctica, Mauritius etc).

As these trackers always had some limitations (range, detection of crash, reliability of connection, costs etc) in 2015 we decided to start the development of our own hardware which combines GSM (2G), UMTS (3G) or LTE (4G) and Iridium connectivity in one device. This is the A*LIVE.

There are already concepts and working prototypes available with 95% of the functionality we need, but not in the casing we have designed. It has been checked and tested by several very experienced outdoor sportsmen. All found the concept and functionality great.

The next major steps are to match the electronic design with the casing to get it 100% waterproof as well as get the accompanied iOS & Android APP ready. We already have the waterproof standard of IP67 but we strive for IP68. We did our homework, checked, re-checked, tested and got everything ready to start the production of the first series of A*LIVE tools.

3G/LTE features depend on availability of networks and hybrid modules for LTE-M1 or LTE-NB1 by late summer 2017.

So it is only a question of your support and time to get all parts fixed. Help us to reach a new level in personal safety standard! A perfect personal safety solution should not remain a privilege for specialists!

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