GPS bracelets – there are 1,000 that measure your performance

But there is only one GPS bracelet that is created for your safety   Today, we at PFO Tech AB are launching a Kickstarter campaign with the aim to create the obvious companion for sports and fitness people – PFO Shield. With our new GPS bracelet, climbers, snowboarders, runners, and others can soon increase their safety with the same high precision GSM- and GPS technology as our other services used by companies, organizations and journalists. With the bracelet on your wrist, you can immediately send your position to the phone of the person or people connected to your bracelet, by the press of a button or a pull of the strap.   Why PFO Shield? Our technology is developed so that you will never have to think about anything but the actual experience. When running in the woods, climbing a mountain or paddling a kayak in the Stockholm archipelago, it is nice to be able to simply notify your friends that you have arrived and all is well. Similarly, it is easy for you to communicate if something unexpected happens and you need help.   Where can PFO Shield be used? Through our roaming agreement with Telenor, the PFO Shield technology works as well abroad as it does in Sweden. This means you can use your bracelet in 60 countries without roaming costs.   Why Kickstarter? We are an IT company developing security technology, and need support to make PFO Shield the obvious companion to an active and sporty target group. Through our Kickstarter campaign, we invite everyone who is interested and involved to be one of the first to...

New, world-leading security technology for companies, journalists and humanitarian organisations, worldwide.

PFO Tech’s wearable security technology already protects human rights activists, political dissidents and aid workers in 15 countries. Today sees the launch of the new generation “PFO Shield” – the market’s most advanced safety and security concept with GPS / GSM / GPRS for journalists, humanitarian organisations and companies in dangerous environments, the world over.   PFO Shield is an app for smartphones that is combined with a patented GPS/GSM bracelet, or any other of PFO Tech’s security products. The system gives the user the ability to connect one or several persons to their app and, in the event of an emergency, to easily trigger an alarm that reaches the group via GPRS with information about the user’s location.   The alarm is triggered by the user taking one of the following actions:   Clicking the alarm button on the screen Pulling out the headset cord Triggering the PFO Shield Bracelet Triggering one of PFO Tech’s other security products paired with the app   PFO Shield is developed to provide both individuals and companies with dynamic, efficient and immediate protection – in Sweden and globally.   Working conditions for journalists, aid workers and the like in countries ravaged by civil war, social instability or dictatorships have become considerably more dangerous over the past 10-15 years. People in these occupations are increasingly becoming subjected to attacks and kidnappings, and in 2014 alone, almost 100 journalists have been reported killed, internationally.   – Journalists, aid workers and employees in dangerous environments make up an increasingly vulnerable group today. Our mission is to give these people increased safety and security by developing...

PFO Tech to use Combain for best GPS bracelet positioning

PFO Tech, the company behind the first tracking bracelet for human rights activists and journalists at risk, have signed an agreement with Combain for unparalleled positioning capacity.   With over 44 million cell-ids and 400 million Wi-Fi spots, Combain have the world’s largest available database for mobile positioning. Their nearly 6 billion positions are updated daily, thus continuously improving their services and accuracy.   PFO Tech is the Swedish technology company that designed and developed the alarm bracelet with GPS and GSM behind the acclaimed Natalia Project for human rights defenders at risk. “Due to the nature of work these individuals do and the risks they take daily against oppressive regimes, it is paramount that we utilise every square inch of cells available to establish a fast and accurate position when an alarm is triggered,” says Johan Carlsson, CEO of PFO Tech.   “With the bracelet now having been made available to any organisation with staff in unsafe areas, such as journalists, lone workers, aid workers and value transport drivers, we must also ensure a seamless transition of cell-id usage for wearers who move quickly across borders,” adds Carlsson. “With Combain, we have access to their near 99% global hit rate of cell-ids, so I am confident our wearers are getting the best possible positions anywhere in the world.”   “The bracelets provided by PFO Tech are supporting a very important purpose. We are glad and proud that our technology is used in this way. In critical situations the access of an accurate position can save lives,” says Rikard Windh, Chairman and Co-Founder of Combain Mobile...

GPS tracking bracelet proposed at UNESCO to safeguard journalists

PFO Tech, the companybehind the technology of security bracelets protecting human rights activists at risk, was at UNESCO this week presenting their solution at the World Press Freedom Day conference in Paris.   Journalism is one of the most dangerous professions today, and in places like Syria it is often called “an impossible job.” Journalists are constantly at risk of attacks, imprisonment and even death for seeking to tell the truth.   A two-day conference marking the World Press Freedom Day at UNESCO Headquarters aimed in part to address the safety of journalists, adding to a Declaration that highlights the contribution of free expression to development. Ernest Sagaga of the International Federation of Journalists invited PFO Tech to demonstrate their alarm bracelet, saying, “Increasing the safety of journalists is key to the freedom of expression around the world, and we believe this type of initiative can make an important difference for our members’ safety.”   Johan Carlsson, CEO of PFO Tech, is confident that charitably funded initiatives similar to that of the Natalia Project for human rights defenders can be implemented to protect journalists as well. “Information is the very foundation of our morals and ideals, and protecting the people who bring us that information is key to knowing where to direct our resources for development,” says Carlsson. “Reporters are a target for doing their job, and it’s our job to report when and where they are being targeted.”   PFO’s solution includes a GPS bracelet with patented alarm mechanism, a mobile application and hosting service. By triggering the alarm, a journalist can send their live position to pre-chosen...

GPS alarm bracelet wins big at Golden Egg awards

The Natalia Project , the world’s first assault alarm for human rights defenders, won two gold and one silver at the 53rd annual Guldägget Awards in Stockholm. PFO Tech , suppliers of the GPS bracelet and tracking system, joined the creators of the project, RBK Communications and Civil Rights Defenders at the ceremony.   The Guldägget is Sweden’s oldest, largest and most prestigious competition in creative communication.   For the Natalia Project, it was the culmination of being one of the most awarded digital campaigns of 2013, having earned recognition for using innovative technology to safeguard individuals at risk. In his acceptance speech, Robert Hårdh of Civil Rights Defenders said, “This campaign is for real, it saves lives.”   The Natalia Project was launched in April 2013 as a security solution for human rights activists at risk. In the case of an assault, a wearer can directly notify the Civil Rights Defenders, as well as the world through social media.   PFO Tech developed the assault alarm bracelet, GPS tracking system and social media integration behind the Natalia Project, opening the eyes of companies and organisations worldwide to the importance of enhancing the safety and security of their staff. The bracelet and system, which is easily integrated into individual company security platforms, now protects journalists and lone workers around the...

PFO Tech release new version of award-winning GPS bracelet

This week, on the first anniversary of the acclaimed Natalia Project by Civil Rights Defenders, Swedish Wearable Technology firm PFO Tech unveil their next generation of GPS alarm bracelets.   Named the PFO Shield, the new personal safety bracelet is the latest in wearable GPS technology for lone worker protection. When discretely triggered, the bracelet sends an alarm to designated groups or individuals with the wearer’s live location. Its predecessor, the first alarm bracelet with GPS and GSM on the market, became the star of the Natalia Project to protect human rights defenders at risk.   The new bracelet is yet another groundbreaker, being the first to utilise both American GPS and Russian GLONASS. “The new bracelet is a direct response to the feedback of hundreds of companies in need of our technology to safeguard their staff or associates,” says Johan Carlsson, CEO of PFO Tech. “Physically, it’s smaller, softer and more ergonomic, while behind the scenes we’ve released a more user-friendly interface. We’ve implemented three new features, one being the high security Stealth mode developed for Civil Rights Defenders. And for more everyday use we’ve added I’m here! and Where are you? for non-urgent positioning. All factors to appeal to both men and women of all ages and in all industries.”   PFO Tech was founded in 2009 and is a market leader in wearable GPS technology. The patented alarm function in combination with GPS/GLONASS and GSM triangulation, as well as size, design and flexibility has helped the PFO bracelet and security solution retain its uniqueness in this rapidly growing sector.   In 2013, PFO Tech developed the...

PFO-powered security bracelet for human rights activists now in Western Balkans

In the past weeks the Natalia Project , a security bracelet with GPS and GSM technology developed by Swedish based PFO Tech for Civil Rights Defenders, has been assigned to human rights activists in Albania and Montenegro. The bracelet enables a bearer to send a distress signal with a live GPS position to an assigned group of people.   Kristi Pinderi, LGBT activist and Executive Director of the organisation LGBT Pro in Albania, is exposed to threats and hate crime on a daily basis. For him, the bracelet represents a strong moral support in his day-to-day work. ”Behind the bracelet there is an entire system and organisation with people, institutions, and media ready and willing to act in case of an emergency. It is a way for human rights activists not to feel alone and it is definitely the best tool for empowering them. When you are an activists, sometimes you forget about practical details like security, you are driven by your activism and ideals,” says Pinderi.   Another activist to receive the bracelet is Vanja Ćalović, head of MANS, an organisation that works on corruption issues Montenegro, a country that has been beset with corruption scandals, often involving high-ranking officials. ”Bearing in mind the nature of MANS work, the fact that we are investigating some of the most powerful criminals in the country, and their dealings with politicians, our security is a matter of concern. I find the Natalia Bracelet a useful security tool that will be especially helpful during my field work.” says Vanja Ćalović.   Johan Carlsson, CEO of PFO Tech , is pleased to see...

PFO Technologies’ GPS Bracelet shortlisted for Cannes Lions Awards

Presentations were held over the weekend by the shortlisted entrants in the Cannes Lions Awards. Among them was the PFO-powered Natalia Project, an innovative GPS safety bracelet developed and designed by PFO Technologies for Civil Rights Defenders. The GPS bracelet, configured to protect human rights activists at risk, has so far been nominated for the categories Innovation, Mobile, PR , and Promo & Activation.   The Natalia Project , a GPS bracelet developed and designed by PFO Technologies to protect human rights activists at risk, was launched in April by Civil Rights Defenders. The bracelet enables activists to notify the organisation’s headquarters, and the world, of an attack through sms and social media platforms, giving people everywhere the chance to get involved and put pressure on an oppressive regime.   PFO is a smart bracelet utilising GSM and GPS with a patented alarm function, as well as specifically developed algorithms to improve location accuracy and speed up communication. It allows for easy integration into an organisation’s own infrastructure through a standardised API. The PFO system has been adopted by companies and organisations globally to increase the safety of associates and...

Alarm Bracelet Built To Protect Activists

The killing of a Russian journalist has inspired a Swedish human rights group to develop a personal alarm system for activists in danger. The group hopes the bracelet, designed to endure an assault and send a distress signal by the wearer....

Natalia Il Braccialetto Che Si Collega A Facebook In Caso Di Rapidamento

Natalia, il braccialetto che si collega a Facebook in caso di rapimento WireLanciato dall’associazione svedese Civil Rights Defenders sfrutta, oltre ai social network, Gps e reti mobili per attivare in tempo reale una rete di protezione a favore degli attivisti attaccati in ogni parte del mondo Combattere per i diritti umani è un intento nobile e fondamentale, oggi come in passato. Ma può essere anche molto pericoloso, soprattutto in certe aree del mondo. Attivisti e simpatizzanti di centinaia di organizzazioni, ma anche giornalisti coraggiosi, vengono spesso sottoposti alle più insopportabili persecuzioni se non addirittura rapiti o uccisi. Non serve guardare troppo lontano: si va dalle denunce verso la criminalità organizzata, proprio in Italia, alle scelte di governi a dir poco opachi come quello russo. Natalia Project nasce per cercare di difendere dalle prepotenze del potere illegale o legale chi si batte per la giustizia. Lanciato dall’associazione svedese Civil Rights Defenders, Natalia Project è un progetto che ruota intorno a un braccialetto da indossare al polso e che fa leva anche sulle donazioni online degli utenti. Ricorda un po’ quelle wristband che si usano per il tanto di moda self-tracking. Battezzato Natalia in ricordo della giornalista Natalia Estemirova – la reporter rapita in Cecenia e ritrovata morta nella vicina Inguscezia nel luglio 2009 – il dispositivo è programmato per spedire messaggi d’allarme se attivato o forzosamente rimosso da chi lo indossa. Insomma, un sistema wi-fi anti-aggressione: in caso di un attacco alla propria incolumità fisica l’attivista può spedire un’allerta al sistema. Il messaggio sarà raccolto sia dal quartier generale del gruppo svedese a Stoccolma che dagli attivisti più vicini al...