Nio harnesses Bluetooth for mobile phone alarm

British mobile innovator TenBu has unveiled a gadget that secures mobile phones and other data rich portable devices by creating a personal alarm system powered by Bluetooth.

Named after the Japanese Guardian Kings, nio is bringing businesses the peace of mind that the confidential data stored on employees’ mobile phones and other portable devices is no longer vulnerable to careless loss or theft.

nio is a lightweight, user friendly gadget consisting of a Bluetooth tag with an innovative software link that downloads directly onto the user’s mobile phone, creating a personalised security zone of up to 25 metres. The security zone protects both the mobile phone and the Bluetooth tag, which may be attached to another valuable item, such as a set of keys or a laptop. When the security zone is breached, both the tagged item and the mobile phone emit an audible alarm. A flashing blue light on the tag is also triggered.

nio is specifically designed for ease of use. The nio software can control multiple nio tags simultaneously, and each tag can be given an identifying name and image on the mobile phone. In extremely high-risk environments, users can activate a motion sensor to alert them if anyone moves their tagged item. A handy locate tone helps users find misplaced tagged items, and a calendar feature allows users to preset specific times for the tag to go active – ideal for the commute to work. Uniquely, nio comes equipped with a fully rechargeable battery that can keep nio on standby for several weeks.

Ben Hounsell, director of TenBu Technologies, said: “We have a responsibility to be realistic about the risks inherent in transporting data, and to ensure that we take every reasonable precaution to protect ourselves, our customers and our businesses from criminal behaviour. nio guards against human error and demonstrates to your staff and customers that you take your security policies seriously.”

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