Mother comes up with a handheld safety device that combines four functions in one

The Australian mother comes up with a handheld safety device for women who walk alone at night – with a strobe, penetrating alarm and an SOS button

  • Stephanie Rodriguez has developed a multifunctional handheld safety device
  • Her invention comes with four functions, including a light, a flash and an alarm
  • It also includes an emergency button that alerts contacts when you need help
  • In 2019 alone, 20 women died as a result of violence; in 2018 there were 69

An Australian mother has invented a multi-functional, non-violent security device designed to help protect and give peace of mind to women who walk alone at night.

Stephanie Rodriguez heads-up Wandersafe, the company behind The Beacon – a small but powerful unit that easily fits in the palm of the hand and works three times faster than just your phone.

The device comes with a series of functions, including a light of 1000 lumens, a strobe and an alarm of 140 decibels.

A safety button at the touch of a button also alerts three contacts if you need emergency assistance immediately.

The mother of Canberra Stephanie Rodriguez (photo) has developed a multifunctional handheld device that easily fits in the palm of your hand

The mother of Canberra Stephanie Rodriguez (photo) has developed a multifunctional handheld device that easily fits in the palm of your hand

Mrs. Rodriguez's device is designed to help those who may find themselves alone and in difficulty (stock image)

Mrs. Rodriguez's device is designed to help those who may find themselves alone and in difficulty (stock image)

Mrs. Rodriguez's device is designed to help those who may find themselves alone and in difficulty (stock image)

The gadget, priced at $ 79.99, has been developed with input from security experts including retired CIA professional Thomas Pecora.

& # 39; The CIA has protocols about what you keep safe and what you should do and what you should do first, & # 39; said Rodriguez The Canberra Times.

According to Rodriguez, statistics show that the combination of light and sound can throw a potential attacker up to 87 percent.

The SOS function, one so sensitive that it can be activated by the slightest touch, is linked to a specially designed app.

How safe is Australia?

* 20 women died in 2019 alone as a result of violence

* In 2018, the total of all women killed by violence in Australia was 69

* Two in five people aged 18 and over have experienced an incident of physical or sexual violence from the age of 15

* This figure includes 42 percent of men (3.8 million) and 37 percent of women (3.4 million)

* Four in ten men and three in ten women experienced physical violence

* One in five women and one in twenty men has experienced sexual violence

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics & Destroy the connection

The device comes with a number of important functions: a 1000-lumen light that becomes a disorientating strobe light with a two-click, a 140-decibel siren and an SOS warning button

The device comes with a number of important functions: a 1000-lumen light that becomes a disorientating strobe light with a two-click, a 140-decibel siren and an SOS warning button

The device comes with a number of important functions: a 1000-lumen light that becomes a disorientating strobe light with a two-click, a 140-decibel siren and an SOS warning button

The device connects with a specially made app that comes with a series of safety features

The device connects with a specially made app that comes with a series of safety features

The device connects with a specially made app that comes with a series of safety features

After activation, it sends a message with a map from your location to three current contacts. It continues to do this every 60 seconds until the device turns off.

& # 39; All those (features) are especially important when you walk to your car, walk across campus, go jogging in an unknown place & # 39 ;, said Rodriguez.

The Wandersafe app can also be downloaded and used without using The Beacon.

Thanks to the app's security features, users can mark whether a location has previously been marked as unsafe and people can add photos or comments.

Ms. Rodriguez said the app will also send users push notifications to alert them to dangerous situations. The mother cites terrorist attacks as such a situation.

The device, developed by Mrs. Rodriguez, a solo traveler who was once alone and in need of help, has been on the market since October.

The beacon is currently stored at airports around the world and has also won a prize: the best new travel accessory of 2019 in Singapore.

Although Rodriguez is happy to be recognized for her invention, her greater goal is to influence lives around the world.

Her plan? To see her device in the hands of a billion people in 2025.

"Looking at a broader picture for every person going to work and school unharmed has a socio-economic impact, whether in Chicago, Canberra or Kenya," she said.

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