Nuvel vSOS Emergency Response Application for Smartphones Teamed with AFCA/FBI
National Child ID Program
Gives Children, Parents and Guardians Peace of Mind with Fast, One-touch Access
to Emergency Responders
CAMPBELL, CA (October 25, 2011) – Nuvel, developer of vSOS(tm), the industry’s
leading personal emergency response application for smartphones, announced today
that it has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to
offer vSOS as part of the expanded AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program. Focused
on promoting child and family safety, the expanded program will be fully launched
According to the FBI, a child disappears every 40 seconds in the United States.
By helping to protect more than 30 million children in the past 14 years, the
National Child ID Program is the largest child identification effort ever conducted.
With the addition of Nuvel’s vSOS, the AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program now
offers a complete range of family safety and child identification tool: the Child
ID kit and Nuvel’s vSOS Personal Emergency Response Application for smartphones.
The Child ID Kit was developed to help parents and guardians provide law enforcement
with the information they need to begin looking for a missing child. vSOS complements
this tool with a proactive capability that enables anyone with vSOS on their
iPhone or Android smartphone to immediately contact professional emergency responders
with a single push of a button. Since smartphone users are known to carry their
phone with them wherever they go, the vSOS app enables emergency support and
assistance anytime, anywhere.
Developed to provide assistance and save lives, vSOS is designed with advanced,
patent-pending technology that provides 24/7/365 response to any emergency-health,
accident, assault-through GEOS Alliance, the world leader in emergency monitoring
and response services. To send a distress alert, users simply press the red
vSOS emergency alert icon on their iPhone or Android smartphone. This instantly
triggers the vSOS secure, HIPPA-compliant1 server to send a distress alert to
the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC). Mission
coordinators at IERCC SAR can then contact the user to verify the emergency.
If a user does not answer the call from GEOS, certified emergency response professionals
will contact the closest emergency dispatch center. Using GPS technology, vSOS
provides the user’s precise location to the responders to guide emergency personnel.
The user’s name, mobile phone number, address and personalized health information
are also included with the alert. In addition, vSOS will send a text or email
message to alert up to five contacts (physician, family, friends) listed in the
vSOS also includes the GEOS Search and Rescue (SAR) feature at no additional
cost. With this feature, if the standard emergency services need to be supplemented
to ensure the user’s safety, the GEOS IERCC will authorize additional personnel
and equipment (including private aircraft/helicopter charter, private search
The Child ID Kits include an inkless fingerprint identification card, an inkless
fingerprinting black image applicator, two sterile cotton cheek swabs to collect
DNA samples and a physical description card with space for a photograph. These
kits are meant to be completed and stored at home by the child’s parent or guardian.
Families who would like to receive a free Child I.D. Kit for their child can
also order the kits by calling 1-888-55-IDKIT or via the internet at www.childidprogram.com.
“Our goal with The National Child Identification Program is to protect all 60
million children in the United States,” said Kenny Hansmire, executive director
of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)/FBI National Child ID Program.
“With vSOS, we can expand our reach to protect not only children but parents,
grandparents, and anyone with a smartphone. Families will have the peace of
mind knowing that even when they aren’t together, in case of an emergency, help
is only a smartphone button away. It complements our goal to provide important
safety tools for families to aid in emergencies when every second counts.”
“We feel vSOS will play an important and pro-active role in the AFCA/FBI National
Child ID Program,” said Jay Elliot, Nuvel’s founder and CEO. “The AFCA has been
very successful, not only in building awareness of the importance of Child ID
programs but in providing parents and guardians with the tools they need to protect
their children. We share their commitment to child safety and intend to continue
to add features and capabilities that will protect every family member.”
vSOS Availability, Price
The vSOS subscription fee of $12.99 per month includes both the application and
the personal emergency response services. vSOS Version 2. can be downloaded
at the iPhone App Store, the Android Market and the Nuvel website. vSOS will
be available at the AFCA’s Child ID site, www.childidprogram.com. Downloads
for other smartphone platforms will be available soon. Volume licensing is available
directly to OEM partners as well as corporate and institutional customers at
a discount price based on volume.