Falls Are Serious and Costly for Seniors

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2004 - 2013, United States Unintentional Fall Death Rates per 100,000 All Races, Both Sexes, Ages 65+  Source: www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars 2004: 41.15, 2005: 43.12, 2006: 44.8, 2007: 48.47, 2008: 50.91, 2009: 51.54, 2010: 53.76, 2011: 55.36, 2012: 56.07, 2013: 56.96

My wife’s friend fell in her apartment and couldn’t get up or reach her phone. Two days later, her friend realized that something was amiss and called the Emergency Services, who had to get in through the third floor window to rescue her. She was hospitalized for ten days, and the doctor said that one more day would have killed her.

My wife fell on the curb on her way to Aqua Fit.  She couldn’t get up! She didn’t have her phone with her. She had to wait until a caring passing motorist and his wife stopped and helped her.

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
  • Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
  • Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture.
  • Each year at least 250,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways.
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $34 billion annually. 

What Can Happen After a Fall?

Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own.

  • Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures.
  • Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners). An older person who falls and hits their head should see their doctor right away to make sure they don’t have a brain injury.
  • Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.

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The Rising Threats from the Adult Children of Seniors


Before I start, please note that this is a generalization. It doesn’t refer to all our adult children, all the time. However, we should be aware that things often change fast when circumstances change, usually unexpectedly. Interestingly, of the thousands of talks I have delivered in thirty years, this is the most popular discourse I present.

We love our children and we want the best for them. However, there are certain threats and rising threats that we Seniors should be aware of and plan for. The Chinese have a saying, “Dig the well before you thirst.” First, I will share some ugly home truths and threats, with which many of us, sadly, are intimate, albeit sometimes privately, and then I will provide you with some hopefully welcome, proven solutions.

The reasons why these threats are so prevalent in our modern-day society are obvious to all who observe how things are changing under ubiquitous Liberalism. The Peter Pan Syndrome, that is children who grow into adults but never mature – men who stay boys in their minds – is evident to many of us. The entitlement mentality of spoilt adult children who demand ever more and give less and less, who feel they have a right to that which they didn’t earn, is endemic.

And so a large number of adult children live off their elderly parents and women from broken marriages often leave the unfortunate children of those marriages with their struggling senior parents to raise. There are adult men living at home, refusing to marry or take responsibility for their lives, depleting their declining parents’ life-savings and waiting for their parents to die so that they can inherit, then being disappointed that we take so long to shuffle off this mortal coil, thereby solving all the debts incurred by our undisciplined, intemperate adult offspring.

Too many children harbor passive aggression against their aging parents who are taking too long to die and solve all their financial woes. After all, isn’t that the reason why so many of our children fail to plan for their financial future? They reason that Mom and Dad will soon be dead – they’re in their sixties already – so why save? Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we inherit! This passive aggression is often manifested in bullying, neglect, and financial abuse.

Let Granny sell her comfortable apartment, leave her dear friends and familiar surroundings, and move halfway across the country to live in the cold basement our house – the one she gave us the money for – and look after the kids while we party and work. Until Gran gets dementia – every ten minutes, someone in Canada is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia – or breaks a hip, thereby becoming a burden to her busy kids, that is. Then the pawpaw hits the fan.

An objective Mr. Spock from Star Trek might say that our children may be our greatest blessing, but also our greatest threat because of our emotional attachment to them.

I have witnessed an adult daughter who blackmailed her retired parents by telling them that if they refused to spend the same amount of time with her unmanageable, difficult older son with Downs Syndrome as with the younger one with whom they had spent a glorious six years of building a happy relationship, they would no longer be allowed to see either grandson. She deprived her own son of a future relationship with his doting grandparents and his grandparents of any contact with her son.

Blackmail and manipulation take many forms, and often they are financial. If you don’t pay for the holiday, you won’t be coming with us. If you don’t babysit all week, every week, you won’t see your grandchildren. Many grandparents bribe their kids to obtain time with them, depleting their savings by paying for cruises and expensive gifts in order to be included and acknowledged.

Adult children become become indignant and upset when Mom wants to remarry in her old age because they may miss out on some inheritance. And how dare she spend our money on cruises? That’s our inheritance she’s wasting!

Now you may not presently be the victim of any financial, physical, or emotional abuse, blackmail, or manipulation, however, things can change overnight. A doting child gets married or starts living with someone who doesn’t like you, is demanding, has another agenda, or brings kids from another marriage into the family. Mortgage rates go up, someone loses a job, a marriage breaks up, someone gets transferred to another city or province or state, someone gets ill or dies, and everything is different – quickly and unexpectedly. Then a lot of the above issues could occur simultaneously.

How can we avoid these problems and prepare for them? After all, we’re getting older, with less energy, less resilience, perhaps less money as medical expenses spiral, and sometimes, unfortunately, fewer faculties. An excellent book I’m reading via Leader Impact says that we should always ask ourselves three questions about any decision: 1. What is the wisest thing to do in light of my past experience? 2. What is the wisest thing to do in light of my present circumstances? 3. What is the wisest thing to do in light of my future plans? Here are a few useful tips:

  1. Form a strong Support Group – among Seniors, in your church, among friends. And find yourself a good lawyer and accountant to run things by and protect you.
  2. Find a solid social worker and doctor that you can turn to for advice.
  3. Find out about the many home support services like Nurse Next Door – these people will serve you professionally, reliably, gratefully, punctually, and with a smile, and ultimately they will be a lot more affordable than your own progeny. Using a cab or home delivery service eliminates the need for help from your offspring. Become as independent as possible.
  4. Consider downsizing and finding a home that doesn’t have stairs or an elevator. Get your ego out of the way.
  5. Be frugal: save, cut unnecessary costs, and realize that you’re likely to live a long time. We can’t rely on the government. Remember, the government allows lavish spending of taxpayers’ money on mentally and physically disabled children, but not on Seniors. We need to take care of ourselves.
  6. Bear in mind that you are NOT responsible for your adult children and their misguided decisions. Don’t be like a good friend of mine who has allowed his psychopathic, predator son to rip him off financially for at least 24 years of which I am aware, because of my friend’s guilt for past, bad decisions he made. We need to learn to forgive ourselves, ask forgiveness of others when it’s appropriate, and move on.
  7. Prepare: food stored, money saved, will in order, a safe environment, strong friendships and a caring support group, professional help, access to financial and legal assistance, and objective decision-making. The less your children know about your finances, the better. The executor of your will should not be one of your children.

Finally, other Seniors understand and can offer good advice. Young people seldom understand our problems. Bear this in mind. Our company, IPS Safety Inc., provides protection and safety for Seniors and peace of mind and savings for their Caregivers. I present this talk regularly for Seniors in the Greater Vancouver District and on Radio. I turn 65 early next year.

Robin Elliott

IPS Safety Inc.



Six Urgent Things Every Canadian Senior Should Do NOW


Here’s WHY it is imperative that Canadian Seniors take note of the following essential Six Steps they should be taking in order to protect and improve their futures.:

  • With the onset of age, we lose energy and physical abilities: we become more vulnerable.
  • As our country continues to be flooded with refugees, new immigrants, and illegal immigrants, government health providers are struggling to keep up and wait times at hospitals and doctors will continue to increase. Already, there are more Seniors in Canada than children.
  • The resources and pensions available to us from the government will continue to lag further and further behind the cost of living and our increasing medical needs.
  • State nursing home facilities will be more congested and it will be harder to get in, and those who can’t afford expensive private nursing homes will need more help remaining in their homes.
  • For many of us, our financial resources will be stretched to breaking point as we age.

In light of the above, we should prepare as well as possible. The Chinese have a saying, “Dig the well before you thirst.” So here are five things we can do to cope with the future we face:

  1. Create a strong support group: friends, church, clubs, other Seniors. Make sure there are younger people in your group as well. If you’re all in the same boat, it’s harder to gain support.
  2. Do what you can to increase your financial stability and cut costs. Do you really need that boat/cottage/RV? How many times do you actually use it? Are you paying for your adult children instead of conserving your savings? Along with cutting costs, seek safe, legitimate ways to make more money. I suggest you avoid Network Marketing /Multilevel Marketing/MLM schemes and “Get-Rich-Quick” schemes. Never invest more than you can afford to lose.
  3. Get fit. Lose weight. Strengthen your body. Obesity adds to the potential of falling and all sorts of other physical problems, like diabetes, knee and hip problems, and much more. Walk for at least 40 minutes a day if you can. Watch your diet.
  4. Make sure your home is “Senior Friendly” – no stairs, nothing to trip over, including animals and small children, and secure from burglars.
  5. Do some serious planning – physical as well as financial – for your future. Take the time. Beware of “Financial Consultants” and have your lawyer check things out before you sign anything or commit to anything. Be especially aware of financial scams.
  6. Make use of technology. It is amazing how much safer and easier life can be when you look at some of the products available to us and our adult children and spouses.  Falls, elder abuse, wandering due to dementia or Alzheimer’s – these are things Seniors have to cope with. Here is what our company provides (much more to come).

Robin Elliott

If You Have Loved Ones in a Nursing Home, You Need to See This


Many Seniors find themselves in Nursing Homes and posh Senior residential Care Homes, Retirement Communities, and Assisted Living Facilities. And their Caregivers/ Spouses/Adult Children should be aware of some startling statistics.

We are promised the earth when we sign the contract and start paying the hefty nursing home fees, of course. We are told Mom or Dad, or, in some cases, our spouse will be very well cared for and all their needs supplied. But promises are not always fulfilled…

A recent study that was sponsored by the US Government found that 30% of nursing homes in the country were cited for at least one instance of abuse in a two-year period. There were almost 9,000 instances of abuse documented, and these included but were not limited to untreated bedsores, dehydration, and accidents that could have been prevented. And nearly 20% of the abuse incidents that were reported were actually serious enough to place the elderly residents in immediate jeopardy of serious injury or death.

More than 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90%, in fact, report that they or another resident of the same facility have been neglected.

I could go on, and of course, nursing homes will vehemently deny that these violations of human dignity occur in their facility. But facts are facts. And what makes this all the more frightening and worrying is that many of these residents suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, so they don’t remember what happened or, worse still, they are accused of lying about abuse. In Canada, doctors are diagnosing one new case of Alzheimer’s or related dementia every five minutes. Search “hidden camera seniors” on YouTube and you’ll be shocked to see things like this.

What can one do about this? Well, that’s why we created IPS Safety Inc. And one of our products is particularly well suited to this situation: our GrannyCam. It’s a tiny camera hidden in an innocuous little digital clock. The clock works and can be plugged into a wall outlet or it can work off its rechargeable battery. The camera is HD, full colour and sound, and motion activated, so it only records when there is movement. And it has night vision, too.

The camera doesn’t require WiFi: it has an SD card hidden in it and it can record for up to a week. It is easy to set up and use, and if you have any questions, you can simply call our office and ask. More information here.

Enjoy peace of mind and keep your loved ones safe. Elder abuse is a reality: physical, emotional, and financial.

Robin Elliott

10 Reasons Why an IPS Distributorship in the Baby Boomer Market is Worth Seriously Considering



  1. Not everyone is good at selling or recruiting.

Knowing this, we designed IPS Safety Inc. Distributorships to take this important factor into consideration. We specialize in the use of Leverage and Collaboration and we teach our IPS Safety Inc. Distributors to use that to build their businesses instead of hard selling and knocking on doors.

  1. Nobody wants to pay leases, carry inventory, get licensed, deal with customers, or handle the financial transactions if they don’t have to.

Our company handles all of the above and more. Our Distributors don’t have to be licensed or carry insurance or create websites. All sales, shipping, customer service, warranties, etc., is handled via our website and staff, leaving our Distributors to work freely and unhindered. The company carries the inventory.

  1. Nobody wants to have to approach Friends and Family or Past Business Associates in order to sell them stuff.

Knowing this, our system makes it possible to work without contacting anyone you know if you don’t want to. After all, there are much more people that you don’t know!

  1. Nobody should risk more money than they can afford to lose.

We insist our IPS Safety Inc. Distributorships do not invest more than they can afford to lose. There is no hard sell or pressure from our side. We only want people who want to work with us and who can afford to do so.

  1. People want to choose their own lifestyle, and not be forced into a cookie-cutter, job-like routine.

We pride ourselves on the flexibility of our system. Work in your own time from anywhere in the world. Create your own routine according to the lifestyle you choose and your resources, skills, and experience.

  1. People should NOT have to limit the potential amount of money they can make.

There is no limit to the amount of money you can make in your IPS Safety Inc. Distributorship since the market is growing by 10,000 Seniors per day in North America and our Distributors can sell anywhere in North America, regardless of the territory they invest in. There are already over 60 million Seniors over the age of 60 in the US alone.

  1. People should care about the people their business helps and believe in their products and services.

All our Distributors own at least one of each of our products and use them themselves, all are over the age of 45, and all are aware of the serious, increasing problems faced by Seniors in North America.

  1. People need support, training, coaching, mentoring, and help when they need it.

We personally train and mentor and educate our Distributors on an individual, ongoing basis. We are available, capable, and eager to help. Our system is proven to work and is working well.

  1. A good business has a serious purpose and vision to help many people meet urgent needs.

Every ten minutes, a Senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia in Canada alone. Falls, wandering, loneliness, abuse, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and many other problems are on the increase, including the pressure on the adult children of Seniors, and who outnumber the Seniors, and our products assist in each case. We also help relieve the stress and pain of the caregivers of these Seniors and we are Seniors ourselves, so we understand the issues.

  1. A really good business is constantly evolving, growing, and changing to meet current needs with the right products and services.

We are constantly evolving, upgrading, and finding new and better products. We are in touch with the best manufacturers and their engineers and we are always open to suggestions from the marketplace and our IPS Safety Inc. Distributors. We are flexible and open and we stay ahead of the curve with cutting edge products and exceptional customer service.

Robin Elliott IPS Safety Inc.

The State of Seniors in our Society is Troubling


This is why IPS Safety was conceived, and why we are successful. Many thanks to Jeevin Bains for this compilation:

A Strained 911 System and Threats to Public Health – Reference: Cannucio et Al, 2015
– Firefighters express concern that responding to non-urgent 911 calls diverts resources
to the right people who need help.
– A firefighter estimated that 90 % of the calls they have got are not true emergencies
– Sometimes callers use a ‘magic word’ such as chest pain to get more attention when
not needed
– “A consistent portrait emerged of a system strained by the otherwise unmet needs of
our community residents, especially those who are elderly and poor, for whom calling
9-1- 1 is often the only path to obtaining much-needed immediate assistance”
– “As firefighters in this and other studies have noted, the challenges of our country’s
poor and elderly citizens are not met by other existing safety nets”

Abuse of Older People – Reference: Andrews, 2017
– About one in ten seniors experience abuse each month
– “Professionals and organizations are required work together to reduce risk, and to stop
any incidents of abuse or neglect”
– “A person with dementia may be at considerable risk because they are not listened to or
they are regarded as an unreliable witness”
– Nurses need to take an active approach is determining where there is elder abuse

All Eyes are on Granny Cams – Reference: Edwards, 2000
– Two-way communication is possible with granny cams
– Granny cams can ensure the safety and security of residents
– Family members can monitor their loved one in a facility with Granny Cams
– Granny Cams are a valuable tool for those who don’t always see their loved one, but
suspect neglect or abuse.
– Granny cams in rooms don’t capture abuse in bathrooms and hallways in facilities
– Even one person who uses a granny cam in a facility can reveal other abuse that
happens to others
– Irvine Cottages, an Alzheimer’s assisted living center in Irvine California, was one of the
first assisted living centers to use Granny Cams. Families loved that Granny cams were
installed. It documented many cases of abuse, and on one instance a nurse got fired for
hitting a patient with a jacket, and on another instance, a nurse was fired for hitting a
resident on the hand.

A two-question tool to assess the risk of repeated falls in the elderly
Reference: Moinero et al, 2017
– “Approximately 10% of the older population experience repeated falls in one year
with the consequent health risks”
– Patients can tend to forget if they fall based on memory bias, so sometimes they are
not aware that they experience falls.
– This study completed by Molinero et al concluded that 9.9 % of the elderly had multiple
falls during a one-year period
– “It was clear that subjects, who believed that they were at risk of falling, experienced
more falls than others”
– “The results of this study showed, however, that older adults’ self-estimation of their
own risk of fall had a strong predictive value for the incidence of subsequent falls”
– “In addition, falls are related to fragility syndrome, which is a lack of functional
reserve, predisposing to adverse health events such as falls, functional deterioration
of death”

Development Of A Low False-Alarm- Rate Fall-Down Detection System Based On Machine Learning For Senior Health Care  – Reference: Sui, 2015
– “Fatal delay in medical treatment caused by unconsciousness after seniors’ fall-down
results in thousands of deaths each year in the US”
– “In conclusion, the low false-alarm- rate fall-down detection system with an inertial
measurement unit (IMU) and a microcontroller embedded with machine learning
algorithm has been successfully developed and characterized in this work, and the
developed system can be greatly helpful for the health care of senior fall-down”

Elder Self-Neglect  – Reference: Dong, 2017
– “Elder self-neglect is a global public health and human rights issue that threaten older
people’s health and safety.”
– “It commonly refers to refusal or failure to provide oneself with care and protection in
areas of food, water, clothing, hygiene, medication, living environments, and safety
– Elder self-neglect affects millions of older people each year
– “In US, self-neglect has been the primary type (41.9%) of elder abuse (EA) cases
reported to the Adult Protective Services (APS)”
– “It is evident that self-neglect is associated with adverse outcomes concerned to older
people’s physical and psychological well-being, mortality, and health care utilization”       – “Studies found that people with fewer economic resources are more likely to
experience self-neglect”
– Physical Disability, Impairment, and psychological distress also are contributing factors
to self-neglect
– “Evidence has shown that self-neglect is associated with higher levels of cognitive and
physical impairments and self-neglecting older adults are more likely to
experience nutritional deficiency and medical non-adherence”
– “Studies of the CHAP cohort found that self-neglect is associated with a significantly
increased risk of 1-year mortality”
– “Researchers and health care providers should prioritize addressing barriers in the
detection of self-neglect in order to help millions of underserved self-neglect victims”

Cameras can be used to see and hear Seniors when we’re not there – constant surveillance through smartphones.

Granny Cams Keep an Eye on Care – Reference: Reutter, 2004
– “And an estimated 1 in 20 elderly nursing home residents experiences some form of
abuse, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration”
“Three out of every ten nursing homes have been cited for potential life-threatening
deficiencies in care”
– Advocates for Granny Cams argue that they are the best way to prevent and expose

Patient Safety Culture in Norwegian Nursing Homes Reference: Bondekvik et. al 2017
– “Nursing home patients are at high risk of adverse events. These individuals are
particularly vulnerable due to their age, cognitive impairment, complex multiple
diseases, and nonspecific presentation of illnesses”

Development of an automated speech recognition interface for personal emergency
response systems – Reference: Hamill et al, 2009
– “Aging-in- place (i.e. aging at home) is the desire of most seniors and is also a good
option to reduce the burden on an overstretched long-term- care system.”
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) help provide seniors with immediate
access to emergency assistance in these instances
– “Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalization and institutionalization among
older adults 75 years of age and older”
– “Studies estimate that one in every three older adults over the age of 65 will
experience a fall over the course of a year”                                                                                    – Aging-at- home is ideal for the senior citizen
– “Personal emergency response systems (PERSs) have been shown to increase feelings
of security, enable more seniors to age-in- place, and reduce overall healthcare costs”

Persons with dementia missing in the community: Is it wandering or something unique
Reference: Rowe et al, 2011
– “At some point in the disease process, many persons with dementia (PWD) will have a
missing incident and be unable to safely return to their care setting”
– “The risk of missing incidents is significant and the Alzheimer’s Association estimates
that up to 60 percent of PWD will ‘wander’ into the community at some point during
the course of their disease”
– “While most of these individuals will be found alive and unharmed, some of them will
die from exposure, drown, or suffer injuries or fatalities after being involved in a car
accident as either a driver or a pedestrian.”
Thirty percent of persons who wondered having dementia were found dead in this
research study
– “Locating and tracking interventions can be considered”
– “These would be most important for those at high risk of a missing incident, for instance, males with high levels of independent activity in the community. Locating technologies, such as radio-frequency technologies that can find an individual in buildings, under tree cover, etc., are engaged once the individual is determined to be missing. Radio frequency identification locator systems are an example of this technology and can be ordered through local law enforcement agencies who have obtained the equipment. Tracking strategies use a combination of satellite and cellular signals to track the general location of an individual at any given time, similar to using a GPS system in a car”
– Locating technologies would be the preferred technology if the goal was to find a lost

Outdoor Cameras can assist in tracking Seniors who wander.

Physical Abuse of Elderly Adults – Reference: Friedman et al, 2017
– 8.3 out of 1000 adults over 60 are faced with some form of elder mistreatment
– Communities have reported higher rates ranging from 1-5% prevalence of elder abuse
– Studies have shown even after intervention of elder abuse, anywhere from 14-42% of
the elderly will get abused after
– Little can be discovered about those who abuse seniors
– More than 50% of the adults in this study, of those who experienced ABUSE, had
repeated ongoing ABUSE
“It is difficult for the authorities to compel the victim to seek services, change
residences, or seek legal action against the perpetrator”

Global Prevalence of Elder Abuse: A Meta-analysis and Meta-regression
Reference: Wong et al, 2017

– “According to the WHO, the prevalence of elder abuse varies widely from 1% to 35%”
– “Based on previous studies, an estimated 1 to 2 million older adults in the US have
been abused and this number is expected to increase when the global aging
population expands to nearly 2 billion in 2050”
– “Elder abuse is a pertinent social problem that affects one of the most vulnerable
groups of citizens significantly threatens the human dignity of older people and limits
their ability to lead a fulfilling life”
– “Bond and Butler reported that 1 in 5 to 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse go unreported”
Study Conclusion: “Third parties or caregivers tend to report a higher prevalence of
elder abuse than older abused adults”
– “From this study, it is evident that elder abuse is a serious global problem that needs
to be addressed at both society and government levels”

An Unobtrusive Fall Detection and Alerting System Based on Kalman Filter and Bayes Network
Classifier Reference: Bai et al, 2017
– “Besides physical injuries, the fear of falling is developing among the elderly, which
greatly reduces their confidence in living independently and participating energetically
in social activities, ultimately resulting in significant reductions in the quality of their
lives and contributing to an increase in reality due to this reduction of activity level”
– 3% of all fallers are estimated to live 20 minutes without any support

Wandering due to Dementia – Reference: Luther et al, 2015
– “The main findings of our study reveals that community-living persons with mild
dementia who displayed persistent walking behavior are 2.6 times more likely to
experience negative outcomes of wandering and 13 times more likely to elope than
those who did not display persistent walking behavior”
– Wandering behavior in persons with dementia results in negative consequences and
places them at high risk

A review of wearable sensors and systems with application in rehabilitation
– Reference: Patel et al, 2012

– “Remote monitoring systems have the potential to mitigate problematic patient access
– “Monitoring activities performed by older adults and individuals with chronic conditions participating in “aging in place” programs have been considered a matter of paramount importance”
– “Reliable detection of falls via wearable sensors has been achieved by many research
– “Even though the wrist is a challenging sensor location to detect a fall event,
researchers on the project achieved 90% sensitivity and 97% specificity in the
detection of simulated falls.”
– “Besides, when monitoring has been performed in the home, researcher, and clinicians
have integrated ambient sensors in the remote monitoring systems.”

See SmartSafetyNow.com    for some of the IPS Safety solutions to the above.

Robin Elliott