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Alarm.com's Wellness System is Life Alert, Only Smarter

A few sensors and an app allow family members to keep tabs on loved ones.

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Home automation tech has been a big hit at this year's CES. It seems like every other booth features some sort of "smart" offering for the home of the future.

Alarm.com has had a foot in this space for a few years now, and its experience provides a solid foundation for its latest offering. Wellness is a package of sensors and mobile devices that can keep an eye on elderly or disabled loved ones, and alert family members or caregivers if something has gone wrong.

Wellness monitors domestic activity through a series of sensors installed in the home.

Specifically, Wellness monitors domestic activity through a series of sensors installed in the home. When a change in routine is detected—such as prolonged immobility, which might indicate a fall—an alert is delivered via a smartphone app to notify interested parties of the emergency. It's like Life Alert, only smarter.

"People are living longer, healthier, and more active lives, and aging family members, as well as people with disabilities, are looking for secure ways to live independently at home," said Alison Slavin, vice president of product management at Alarm.com, in a statement.

Consumers can buy the sensors from licensed dealers in a variety of packages, and the associated app integrates with Alarm.com's other home security, energy management, and home automation services.

"Family members and other caregivers can even check in to make sure that settings like the temperature inside the home are where they should be," Slavin added.

While Wellness' sensors—which include bed presence monitors, panic buttons, and motion detectors—average about $99 per unit, they collectively solve a very real problem for families and caregivers.

As Slavin points out, the demands of elderly care are growing with our aging populace—a problem exacerbated by today's greater geographic distances between family members. A product like Wellness provides a simple, one-and-done solution that is clearly deserving of a CES Editors' Choice award.

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