Canary’s New App Feature: A Virtual Panic ButtonBy - 07/12/2018
Canary, the maker of several cameras including Canary All-In-One, Flex, and View, is releasing a new feature that extends their reach far beyond the walls of your home. This new feature, aptly named the Safety Button, is made possible through a collaboration with an app known as Noonlight (formerly SafeTrek).
How It Works and How Much It Costs
The Safety Button is a virtual panic button connected to Noonlight’s central station of professional emergency dispatchers. You simply activate the feature and Noonlight will send emergency responders to your current location, even if you’re outside your home.
The Safety Button is found within Canary’s iOS and Android smartphone app, and it’s free-to-use if you are already paying for a Canary Membership. We’ve tested Noonlight before, and rated it as our top Panic Button pick. You can read our hands-on comparison of Noonlight, ADT Go, and Lifeline here.
If you choose to use Noonlight as a standalone app, it costs $2.99 per month per user. A Canary Membership is $9.99 per month. A Membership, which now includes Noonlight access, also includes extended video clips, a 30-day video history, unlimited video downloads, advanced detection, desktop streaming, and custom modes. You can read more about our hands-on experience with Canary cameras using a Canary Membership here.
While the additional features offered by a Canary Membership already set it apart from purchasing Noonlight direct, there is one other major benefit: Family members, roommates, or friends who are members of your Canary location can also use the Noonlight integration.
Why Use It
The purpose of the Safety Button feature is to give you a quick and easy way to call for help.
My fiance is a SafeTrek/Noonlight user, and she often uses the button when walking to her car after work, walking through parking garages, and really anytime she doesn’t feel as comfortable as she deserves to feel.
Canary also suggests that users teach their children how to use the button for use “walking home from soccer practice,” during “rideshares,” and even to help protect “elderly parents living alone.”
Triggering The Safety Button
To access the Safety Button, simply update your Canary app and then follow the in-app instructions to set up your Noonlight account via the Canary app. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to give the Canary App access to your phone’s location services. You’ll also need to input information that might be useful to responders such as medical conditions, your home address, etc. After that, you’ll be able to trigger the Safety Button anytime, anywhere.
To use the button, launch the Canary app and hold the “Safety Button” icon. The icon is located under the ‘Location’ tab’s dashboard.
Holding the “Safety Button” primes the ‘call for help’ feature, but to activate it, you must release the button which will trigger a 10-second countdown timer. If you released the button by mistake or if you no longer need help, you have 10 seconds to enter your Safety Button PIN to cancel the alarm. If you enter the wrong PIN or if you don’t enter a PIN at all, Canary (in partnership with Noontime) will assume you’re in danger. Their first course of action will be to call you. If they can’t reach you or if you indicate that you need help, they will immediately send help your way.
If you have a Canary device and Membership, you can access the Safety Button starting today, July 12, 2018. If you own a Canary camera without a Membership, you can start your free Membership trial by using coupon code “Noonlight.” For more information, head over to Canary.is.