Our co-founder Lukas Lampe appeared on Jean Shin’s Mobile Interactions Now podcast. Jean’s podcast interviews technology leaders about building mobile experiences and sharing their first-hand experience on how to make them work.
Lukas discussed the story about how POM started, describes POMs current and future growth and the technology that enables POM to be a small, discrete personal safety device for students, realtors, nurses and anyone who may experience uncomfortable situations in their lives.
Listen here to the podcast.
Download the transcripts of Lukas on the Mobile Interactions Now Podcast: Part 1 & Part 2.
Earlier this month, Crains New York reported on POM’s partnership with Visiting Nurse Services Westchester. Headed by CEO Timothy Leddy, VNS Westchester was the very first home health service to use our device. The pilot program we implemented there led VNS Westchester to make the POM available to its entire field-based staff (more than 200 individuals). In addition, the company is currently working on offering it as an employee benefit to non-field-based workers and family members. We’re incredibly proud of the work we’re doing together with VNS Westchester, and can’t wait for this new chapter to unfold.
Click through the Crains link to read the full story or get the pdf here.
With the POM, it’s easy to connect to safety–three taps and help is on the way. But where does that help come from? For campuses, it’s typically that institution’s security team. If you’re a POM Personal user, however, we’re proud to share that we’ve partnered with Rapid Response, an industry-leading 24/7 emergency dispatch center.
Rapid Response has a 25-year track record of excellence and employs over 550 professionals in their self-sustaining, high-network security facilities in Syracuse, NY and Corona, CA. The company is the recipient of numerous awards, including the TMA Central Station of the Year, which cited its three-pronged “people, training, and technology approach.” Its technology and growth were also recently recognized by the New York State Governor’s Office.
For POM, the company acts as a 24/7 emergency call center. This means that when a POM user triple taps their device, a Rapid Response dispatcher receives the call and can talk to you directly through the POM.
The dispatcher will not only be able to see your location and profile information, but they can also track your movements to help ensure the right help gets to exactly where you are in real time. If you’re able to speak to the dispatcher, you can specify what help you need (police, ambulance, or firefighters). If you’re in a situation where you can’t talk freely, a police dispatch will be sent. In this way, peace of mind is truly something anyone can put in their pocket.
Thousands of students in the US rely on POM for safety. One of them is Alexandria Iglesia, a sophomore at Sage University. Read on for exactly why she’s headed back to school with the POM.
What’s your favorite POM feature?
My favorite POM feature is being able to have a choice of who to reach out to if I’m in danger. The POM device provides me with more options to contact someone besides Public Safety if I’m in need of help. Personally, I have my mother as that contact, and the POM will send a text message to her if I indicate that I’m in an unsafe situation. My mom and I have a code, and if she receives that code she knows I need help.
When do you normally use your POM?
I use my POM all the time! It’s on when I arrive to campus and I also use it when I go with friends or even by myself. If I’m out by myself i feel so much safer with it device with me. It provides me and my family a piece of mind.
What’s your favorite place to keep your POM (on your lanyard, keychain, bag etc)?
I typically keep my POM device with my keys. My keys are always with me and so is my POM.
How does POM improve your sense of personal safety?
It definitely gives my family and me peace of mind when I’m out and about. I’m just a click away to safety.
A licensed agent for eXP Realty in Montclair New Jersey, Darren Klein’s decade in the business has taught him a thing or two about staying safe. We caught up with him and got his 411 on meeting new people safely on the job.
How did you get into real estate?
I’ve been a real estate agent for the past 10 years. I’m a pretty social guy and I have a strong business background, and I love that there’s something new every day. You wear many different hats whether it’s marketing or an inspection and not tied to a desk.
How does safety play into your work?
When I chose this career, I never thought my safety would be an issue. But spend enough time showing homes and you quickly learn it is. I’d say there’s many one realtor out of a hundred who hasn’t been in an uncomfortable situation. Agents and brokers talk a lot about safety, the do’s and don’ts, but the truth is our job is all about meeting people we haven’t met before, and there are situations that can go bad very fast.
Not all of us are showing houses, but be it a work meeting or a date, we all occasionally have meetings with new people in unfamiliar environments. Any tips that you’ve developed on the job?
First off, I only meet people in daylight. I always take my keys out, and I let them walk in front of me, including up and down any stairways. If they want to go to the basement, I say I’m allergic and stay back.
I also used to have a system with my wife: I would let her know when I had a showing, I’d give her the address of the property, and I’d have her call me at a specific time. She would ask me what I wanted for dinner–Chinese food or pizza. If I said Chinese food, she knew that was the signal to call the police.
Now that you have a POM, how do you use it?
I keep the POM in my front pocket and then I keep my hand over the front pocket. It’s very reliable, very discreet, and much less complicated than constantly having to talk about fake dinner plans.