VariAware LLC, a client of Lab 651, released their “Vitals App” at a press release yesterday in conjunction with the Saint Paul Police department and the Autism Society of Minnesota. The release was followed up by joint efforts between members of VariAware and Lab 651 teams attending a “Safe Summer Nights” event in Saint Paul where we were able meet and talk with those in the community who might benefit from this service.
The Vitals App, is a system that creates safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health, physical, and developmental conditions. This is possible when the officers are using a smartphone application and the individuals with conditions are carrying a small device (beacon) in their pocket or wallet.
KSTP Eyewitness News 5, quoted Charlene Willord of St. Paul as stating, “I got the app to keep him [my son] safe. He has autism and other severe medical conditions and I’ve created a profile for him using the app.” She continues, ”He wears a beacon around his neck that can inform officers that he is scared of people, doesn’t talk much and has Austim.”
The service works with a number of medical conditions. VariAware has a website where those interested in the service can download the apps, learn more about the service, and connect with other individuals who have various mental, physical or other medical conditions.
Lab 651 cofounder, Justin Grammens said, “We are proud to have been involved with VariAware, AUSM and the Saint Paul Police to help bring this product to market. It’s a mission of ours to create connected products that have impact on the lives of individuals in the community.”
Lab 651 looks forward to continuing to work with VariAware as are able to expand the offerings of their solutions to help those individuals in times of need.
Already a number of publications have covered The Vitals App: