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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Security for people without landlines

David Tucker

BUNCLODY-BASED company, Tunstall Emergency Response, has launched a new solution for those in Wexford forced to cancel their landlines because of telephone allowance cuts for elderly people announced in the Budget.

The company says its 'Lifeline Dual' provides all the same monitoring services as before, without the need for a landline. The new system is operated through a simple SIM card and is easily accessible across Ireland.

'Lifeline Dual' is €98 less expensive per annum than the traditional system with landline rental fees, the company said.

'The landline system costing €344 per annum (line rental €264 plus €80 annual monitoring fee with Tunstall Emergency Response). In contrast, the new 'Lifeline Dual' system is €126 per annum for monitoring and equipment rental with just €10 credit required per month at a total cost of €120, leaving a significantly reduced expense per annum of €246 per year.'

James Doyle, Director, Tunstall Emergency Response, said that following the recent abolition of the telephone allowance, he had many calls from concerned service users who face losing their phone line and worried they will also lose their monitoring and security systems as a result. We have developed our new SIM-based system, Lifeline Dual, providing the same services and reassurance without a landline.'

'Lifeline Dual' is Tunstall Emergency Response's first monitoring home unit with an integrated GSM module allowing the unit to operate using a SIM card. This provides a simple solution when a land line is not available.

The system is activated in an emergency, contacting the company's 24 hour expert monitoring centre who then help the user by assessing the situation and contacting the relevant health professionals or users chosen contacts. Using the system's internal speaker and microphone, service users can speak hands-free with the operator until help arrives.

Each unit is accompanied by a MyAmie personal alarm that can be worn easily on the wrist, belt or neck as a pendant. This allows users to activate the alarm from anywhere in the home.

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