Security Blanket - Help Kids Get Home Safe
Help us build a secure crowd-sourced network of smartphones to find lost children!
Security Blanket - Help Kids Get Home Safe
Help us build a secure crowd-sourced network of smartphones to find lost children!
Security Blanket is the worlds first crowd-sourced Network of Smart Devices dedicated to finding missing people in emergency situations.
It uses advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to turn Smart Phones, Tablets and Laptops into a Network that can search for lost children 24/7. If your child should go missing, the Blanket gives us something we've never had before: The power to quickly enlist a lot of nearby users to search a very large area for your child, all at the touch of a button.
This means that kids are quickly and safely returned to their families. When someone goes missing, it’s important to act quickly — there is no time to waste, hours and minutes are precious.
Security Blanket is going to help get your child home safe.
How it works
Security Blanket is made up of two parts:
The first part is the Security Blanket Device itself, which the parents attach to their child and register that device. If the child goes missing, the parent can report them lost with the mobile App or on our Website, which immediately triggers Security Blanket’s Network to start searching for their child’s device.
The second part is our App, which can detect nearby Devices. It creates the Network and will be available for iOS and Android. The App works automatically in the background, the user doesn't need to do anything once it's installed. Just leave the App on your phone and it does the rest.
The App will detect nearby Devices that have been reported lost.
When a Device is detected, the App sends the location to Security Blanket using it's internet connection. The parent or guardian is contacted immediately with the location.
The more devices we have in the Network, the better the chance of picking up the signal, the sooner it’s detected and the more accurate the location becomes. Each device can sweep large areas as users move about over the course of a normal day. With over 1.75 Billion Smart Devices around the world and rising, we have an incredible opportunity to use all this technology for something really important.
Use the App to conduct your own Grid Search. Invite others to your Search Party. Coordinate the search with real-time chat. The map will constantly update to show you which areas have been searched, allowing you to quickly and efficiently find your child.
You can create your own Network-on-demand right where you need it by getting other friends, family and neighbours to download the App and just walk around the area.
For this feature, you don't even need our device. You can conduct a visual search for your child and use our App to to track what areas have been searched. This means Security Blanket can help even if the device has been lost, damaged or removed from the child.
It's small, light weight and water resistant. The tough Polycarbonate shell makes it impact resistant. We've designed the size specifically to meet North American Child Choking Hazard safety requirements, so it's safe for all ages.
Uses a Low Energy signal that is just 1/10th of WiFi signal or 1/100th of Cell Phone signal strength. That means its safer than a WiFi hotspot or even your Smart Phone.
The Blanket Device communicates with the App using a short range encrypted signal, concealing it's unique identity. This prevents anyone else from tracking the device. We're using an intelligent chip with AES Encryption capability. It's a little more expensive. It's a lot more safe.
When the Device is reported lost it will enter Flare Mode and increase its signal output so that it can be detected at greater distances. This increases the chance of finding it in an emergency.
The replaceable battery lasts up to a year and the App will tell you when it's time to change it, so it's super-low maintenance.
We're here to help in case of emergency. Yes, a real live human being.
Security is our Top Priority
We're very serious about making sure our device and service are as secure as possible. With AES Encryption, audited Server security, a Network monitored 24/7 and secure Internet communication, we'll do everything possible to safeguard the system. A key aspect of that defence is NOT collecting sensitive information about you or your child in the first place. Our system doesn't need it to function.
We believe that the parents should have complete control over all information, reporting a child lost and being first notified when the child is found.
How can I help?
Thanks for asking! Because we can’t do this without you!
- You can pledge your support to our Kickstarter campaign and make Security Blanket a reality!
- When our FREE App is available download it and you'll be helping find lost kids 24/7/365! (Did we mention it's going to be free?)
- Please spread the word! Tell you friends, neighbours, anyone, that we're building something amazing.
Finally, if you're a Developer, we will also offer an App plugin called an SDK, that can be included in any App — you can help us expand our search Network by leaps and bounds!
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On June 1st, our team entered the PayPal: “Battlehack For Good” competition with a plan to tackle this problem of so many lost kids. After winning first place out of 51 competitors, we knew that we had made something good.
How we react when a child is missing hasn't changed in decades. Call the police, friends, family and drive around the block in a car calling out a name in the middle of the night.
That's why we're doing this. Because we can and we feel this is something that needs to exist. So, we’ve decided to commit ourselves to helping these kids Get Home Safe.
We're Dragon Certified!
We've been working with Dragon Innovation during our development to certify that our product is feasible and that we can deliver it as promised on time. That means you can back us with confidence!
Where we are today - Current Development Status
With working protoypes of our Hardware, Software and Servers, we've established technical feasibility for the system. We still have a lot of work to do to get ready for production, scaling up the servers and testing it all to ensure it meets the security standards we've set. We're going to need your help to get there. Let's take a look at a live demo of the system in action!
Are you tracking the location of all kids on the Network?
No. We don't know where any children are and we don't know where any users are. That's because we don't have any location data. Until a child is actually reported missing, we simply don't receive any location data from our Network. The only time the App will send us location data is when a lost child is detected. We receive that location over a secure internet connection. We immediately provide it to the parents. And when the child is reported found, we remove the data from the system.
This helps keep our system safe from exploitation and is an important part of how we make Security Blanket safe and secure.
What devices are supported?
iPhone, iPod, iPad with iOS 7.0+ / Android 4.3+ with Bluetooth
We will expand support to Macs, PCs, Tablets and other Smart Devices after launch.
What about Privacy?
We absolutely respect your privacy. For users with the Security Blanket App, we don’t need any personal or identifying information to make it work. We don’t need, or store, any information about the children. When you report your child missing, you choose what information to share with Security Blanket that you think might help us find them.
How close does the App need to be to a Blanket Device to detect it?
The detection range is up to 100 meters. With a clear line of sight it may be even greater. It may also be reduced by your environment and other factors, like whether you are inside or outside and the type of Smart Phone used.
How do you determine a child location when they are lost?
When a Smartphone with our App detects a Blanket nearby of a child reported lost, the Phone uses its GPS location ability to automatically send a report to Security Blanket immediately, or as soon as an Internet connection is available.
Will the App alert me if my child wanders off?
Yes, this is a great feature for parents of younger children. It works between the Guardians Phone and the Device, alerting you when it's too far away. With an adjustable alert range up to 100m, Hide-and-Seek will be absolutely no fun anymore.
What if there aren't that many people on the Network?
Then we will help you quickly build a local Network around your child. Invite friends, family, anyone you wish, to download the App. Building a layer of protection around your child is so easy. And when you Report your child lost, you can send out a Alert Message to your group, letting them know there is an emergency and you need their help.
Where do I get the App?
The iOS and Android Apps will be available before the Devices ship. The Security Blanket website will provide information on how to download when they are ready to launch.
How do I use the App?
Once you download it, launch the App and you're done!
Bluetooth must be enabled on the phone for the App to function, so try to leave that on most of the time please. Just leave the App in the background and it will work automatically all on it's own. The power requirement for the App is very minimal.
If you have a Blanket Device, you'll need to register it. The App will guide you through a very short setup process.
Will I know when my phone detects a lost child nearby?
No, the app works automatically in the background and the information is only made available to the guardian and law enforcement. We will have a monthly newsletter where we’ll tell everyone how many kids we found so far so you know your help is making a real difference.
What about Police involvement?
We want to work with Local Law Enforcement to ensure kids safety. Security Blanket is not a replacement for the real professionals when it comes to missing persons. Call the Police as you normally would when your child is missing. We will also file a report when recovered to ensure all parties involved are acting in the interest of safety.
How does the Support Team work?
We are here to help in emergencies. We will also engage with local Law Enforcement to helps find kids and monitor the system is ensure it's not being abused. We want a real human being to safeguard the system, deal with the unexpected, protect the children and the parents/guardians in it.
How long does the battery last? What happens when it runs out?
The battery in a device will last up to 12 months depending on usage. The App will tell you the battery level and notify you when it needs to be replaced.
Is Bluetooth safe?
Yes! The Bluetooth frequency is safer than Cell Phones and WiFi and has been used in many personal electronics devices worn on the body.
Where should a child wear the device?
Anywhere secure and preferably concealed. Here are some suggestions:
- On a Backpack strap
- Stitched to the inside of a Coat
- Concealed in a Jacket pocket
- Attached to a Stroller or Buggy
- Clipped to a belt or pocket
If you have a suggestion how you would like to attach it, we'd love to hear about it!
How is Security Blanket different from other Bluetooth Trackers?
Safety is our primary concern. With most other trackers, malicious people can track your child.
With powerful features like Grid Search, Rotating Encryption, an expansive Network interconnected through our Server and a small device kids won't mind wearing, there is nothing out there like Security Blanket.
Still have Questions?
Follow our Campaign as we go into more detail over the next few weeks about our Mission, Bluetooth, Privacy and especially Security. We have some big plans we'd like to share with you!
Risks and challenges
1) Building the Network - Our system works better with more devices, improving the odds of one being near enough a lost Beacon to report its location. To overcome this challenge, we need you. Sign up to participate in our Network, download our App and tell someone about it. With our App you have the ability to create your own local Network, and you're not reliant on having thousands of people already on the system.
1) Timing - There is always uncertainty when it comes to scaling up to mass produce a product. We have done our best to reduce the risks to our timing and have had a expert in Hardware Startups, Dragon Innovation, review our timeline to ensure what we have presented can be realistically and confidently achieved.
2) Compatible Devices. While we want to get our App on as many Smart Phones, Tablets, Laptops and Desktop computers as possible, hardware limitations may restrict our deployment on some devices.
3) Battery Life - We can't guarantee we will achieve our stated battery life until we conduct real world testing on production-level hardware. So, just in case we miss the mark, we've decided to include an extra battery with every device we ship.
4) Recovery Time - We can't guarantee how quickly we will be able to find a lost child. There are so many factors that can affect this, such as density of our network, environmental factors limiting transmission range and detection and internet connectivity, to name just a few. We believe anything that even slightly improves your chances of getting a child home safe is a very good thing. With your help, that's what we're going to do.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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