For many modern-day adventurers, the ideas of security and personal protection while traveling are much more than a passing thought. Considering Europe has faced multiple attacks in the past year, along with civil unrest growing around the world, travelers have every right to prepare themselves for the worst-case scenarios prior to departure.
Although travelers can do things ahead of their trips to ensure safe travel, such as building a contingency kit, many mistakenly drop their guard once they enter their hotel room or shared hotel space. this creates a dangerous situation for many travelers, as a dropped guard can result in everything from losing personal items, to alleged attacks from bad homesharing hosts. Although they may seem secure, rented accommodations may not be as safe as they seem.
For those who travel regualrly and want to maintain their personal security in a room away from a room, a New York start-up wants to add a new level of safety to hotels and homeshares through a self-contained portable security device. TripSafe is a new device launching to the marketplace early in 2017, with the goal of being the new best friend of anyone staying in a hotel or homeshare and want an extra level of assurance to their personal safety.
What is TripSafe?
TripSafe is the brainchild of U.S. Air Force veteran Derek Blumke, who formerly served as chief executive of a non-profit prior to starting his latest venture. During one of his trips, Blumke was booked in a hotel that appeared less-than-secure, complete with broken exterior security doors and faulty locks. From this, he began envisioning a personal safety device that could be left in a hotel room and alert travelers when anyone attempts to enter from the outside.
Working with a team of fellow veterans, Blumke founded TripSafe with the goal of building a personal hotel safety device. After many rounds of prototyping, the team has settled on one device, split between three pieces, which could all work together to give travelrs a little extra security while in their hotel rooms.
How does TripSafe work?
The TripSafe unit is an all-in-one system, which travelers can pack in their carry-on bag everytime they leave. The unit consists of a single base unit, as well as two wedges that attach to the base by magnets.
Much like comparable personal safety devices, the main unit is a motion-detecting camera with a battery backup that allows travelers to monitor their room by video with a companion smartphone app. Travelers who are concerned about snooping staff or hotel break-ins are alerted every time the camera is triggered. In addition, the base unit also monitors air quality with smoke and gas detection.
The TripSafe unit will work on hotel wi-fi networks, but can also be utilized with a cellular back-up as well. In addition, the unit comes with GPS tracking, so emergency dispatches always know where travelers are at – even if they are unsure of their exact locations.
When it is time to retire for the day, the two wedges can be detached from the main unit and slipped under two hotel room doors, such as the main door and an adjoining room door. The wedges serve two functions: first, the wedges add an extra door jam, in the event someone attempts to break in. Second, the wedges also trigger an alert on the base unit, which can trigger an alarm, or an assistance call from a centralized customer care group.
How can TripSafe keep me protected in my hotel room?
Although TripSafe cannot protect guests from every threat they may face, the units can help travelers maintain their personal safety through multiple safeguards. First, the unit sends a motion detection alert to the user via the smartphone app, with options to save the video in the event of a situation. With that video, travelers can work with hotel security staff or local police to get resolution.
If the wedge door jams are triggered when under a door, multiple safeguards are triggered by the TripSafe system. First, travelers are alerted by their smartphone app, which then gives them the option to sound a siren alarm to deter the threat. From there, travelers can also request automatic contact from the TripSafe monitoring center for additional assistance. TripSafe monitoring advisors can call local authorities for help, as well as contact other emergency contacts.
How much does TripSafe cost?
The TripSafe unit is expected to retail for $149 when it is released in the beginning months of 2017. Backers of the Indiegogo campaign can order theirs for $135 through August 13.
While the unit and smartphone app will be a one-time cost with no added fees, additional services may come with an additional monthly fee. These may include fees for cellular data backup and security monitoring. These fees will be optional, and are subject to change between now and launch. The units will be constructed and shipped from the United States.
What are the limitations of TripSafe?
Although the TripSafe unit is projected to offer many different features, there are still certain technologies to be rolled out before the device goes out to travelers. First off, the information about celluar connectivity has not yet been announced, meaning the cellular backup may have difficulty in remote areas. In addition, because the unit is still in testing and prototyping phase, the final unit could change in features and some design quirks prior to delivery. Finally, there is always the risk of delays during a launch campaign – so travelers should be prepared to be patient to receive their final unit.
Should I buy TripSafe when it launches in 2017?
Considering how easy travelers can find their hotel rooms broken into, it always makes sense to have a backup plan in the event of an emergency. For travelers who know they will be traveling to potentially dangerous locations or want an extra level of security, the small investment in TripSafe can result in major help down the line.
While TripSafe is a new technology that has been untested by travelers, this personal security unit offers a lot of promise down the line. For those who are concerned about their personal safety when traveling, this product may be one to consider before heading far from home.