Umpteenth report of Apple Watch fall detector summoning help in the wild

An elderly woman falls. The watch calls emergency services. Firemen kick in the door.

From the Munich Fire Department (Google translation):

Last night, an 80-year-old woman fell into her apartment and, thanks to her watch, unconsciously dropped off a necessary emergency call. Her watch was equipped with a fall detection system and alerted the emergency services after the fall. A dispatcher in the integrated control center accepted the emergency call. He heard a band announcement telling him that a person had fallen heavily. Likewise, the clock transmitted the coordinates of the scene of the accident. The police used the data to identify an address to which an ambulance had been alerted. The ambulance crew found that the door was locked and the retiree could not open it. Then they called for the fire department, which opened the apartment door by force. During this action, the smartwatch alarmed the son, who had deposited his phone number as an emergency number. Since the woman was not injured, the ambulance crew cared her only until the arrival of the son. He took over the further care.

My take: Surprised this took so long. Against how many heart incidents?

UPDATE:  Not the first…

Apple Watch fall detection credited with saving user in Norway after severe overnight fall

I stand corrected.


  1. John Konopka said:

    Seems like I’ve seen a few others.

    April 15, 2019
  2. “I’ve seen a few others.”

    Got links? I couldn’t find any in a quick Google search. Happy to stand corrected.

    April 15, 2019
    • George Row said:

      Apple Watch saves life

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      April 16, 2019
  3. Jerry W Doyle said:

    We are on the cusp of a fundamental change where the Apple Watch will play an instrumental role in assisting senior citizens to live independently and more productive lifestyles.

    With advancements in medical science, new and innovative rehabilitation technologies concomitant with the proliferation of new designer drugs people are living longer. Most senior citizens want to live independently in their homes. The Apple Watch affords them a new prescribed lifestyle to do so.

    The Apple Watch is a unique and innovative device. That Watch brings medical monitoring directly to the wearer 24/7, whether in urban settings or in rural areas.

    At a period when medical costs are becoming prohibitive, a time when medical monitoring requires in-patient visits to doctors’ offices or home health trips by nurses and other health care specialists, the Apple Watch is going to serve the health monitoring role of these health care professionals freeing them up to become ever more productive in their respective health care positions.

    One trained health care professional can be situated in an office miles away monitoring via computer a caseload of dozens of patients wearing Apple Watches where before teams of dozens of medical associates did similarly in either going to patients homes or having patients come to medical facilities.

    The Apple Watch feeds medical information continuously to the nurse monitor who sees not a screening “snapshot” of what is happening with the patient, but who views a continuous readout of health information for the screener to scan as far back in time as needed.

    Apple will be rolling out new and innovative health monitoring features in the coming months and years. Those of us who wear the Watch soon learn its inherent value in our lives. We don’t leave home without it. We’re naked without it. We soon find that it becomes indispensable to us. For some it already usurps our iPhone and the Watch still remains in its embryonic stages of development.

    Anyone who fails to recognize the Watch’s uniqueness, its innovativeness, it functionality, its utility, its life saving qualities, its perpetual role in our daily activities of living is indeed myopic in understanding how compelling this device will become in our lives going forward. The Watch is commensurate with any previous unique and innovative device Apple already is noted for historically and soon, more and more good folk will grasp that fact.

    “… I think the biggest innovations of the twenty-first century will be the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning, just like the digital one was when I was (young).” Steve Jobs

    April 15, 2019

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