From: St George and Sutherland Shire Leader By: Belinda Connolly Publish Date: August 8, 2013

It was when his father had a stroke while driving that Paul Apostolis realised there was nothing out there to keep older people safe while retaining their independence.

Along with his brother, Peter Apostolopoulos of Gymea Bay, they looked for an emergency pendant but couldn’t find one that suited. “We realised they weren’t good enough as they only work in the home and near the (pendant’s) base station,” he said. “Dad is independent and likes to drive.” So the pair created the SOS Mobile Watch which is a phone, GPS locator and SOS emergency alert for older people.

With Peter’s background in telecommunications it wasn’t long before the pair had created a design that allowed people to continue to live independently while having the security of an emergency response at their fingertips. “You can open a two-way communication without the wearer having to press any buttons,” Mr Apostolis said. “Anyone can call the watch.

All the wearer needs to do is press the orange button to take the call and, in an emergency, they hold the same button down for three seconds. “You can see where elderly parents are with your smartphone via an app if you have an android phone.

If you have an iPhone you send and SMS command to the mobile watch and it sends a message back with a location. “They don’t want to wear these pendants and this looks like a watch.”