RE/MAX puts REALTOR® safety first by partnering with PROtect
Kelowna, BC (Jan. 24, 2018) – RE/MAX of Western Canada is proud to partner with the most user-intuitive personal safety application on the market: PROtect.
PROtect is a smart & simple personal security app that was born out of a need to unite mobile technology with reassurance of personal safety. The application allows REALTORS® to connect with their closest contacts and alert them when they find themselves in unfamiliar or emergency scenarios.
Merideth Schutter, CEO and founder of PROtect, is a Vancouver-based RE/MAX Sales Associate who understands that REALTORS® are often isolated when doing their job. She created PROtect to empower REALTORS® to do their best work while feeling safe.
“There have been several close calls during my career in real estate, and I even created my own security hack—keeping my mother on the phone in case of emergency—when I was in vulnerable situations. PROtect was launched with the goal of leveraging mobile technology and personal networks to create a virtual security guard,” says Schutter.
RE/MAX of Western Canada Executive Vice President, Elton Ash, explained that PROtect is an important application for the real estate industry.
“The safety of real estate professionals is of the utmost importance to the RE/MAX organization,” says Ash. “There are many situations when REALTORS® are alone, such as at an open house. We believe the PROtect app has the potential to add an extra layer of security, not only in our industry, but for anyone who finds themselves in a vulnerable situation.”
The application allows users to send out an alert to a circle of chosen friends, known as “PROtectors,” if they feel at risk at any moment. Alternatively, it allows them to set up a timer for an alert as they enter a situation they are cautious of. Once an alert has been sent, the “PROtectors” are shown the location of the user, along with information on their battery status and any photos or notes taken during a specific event. The application allows the circle of PROtectors to communicate with one another to ensure the user is safe. PROtect syncs easily with calendars, contacts and event schedules.
A RE/MAX sponsored version of PROtect is now available for download on the iTunes store and Google Play.