The Columbia Board of REALTORS® in Missouri now offers its 545 members the personal security device Guard Llama as a member benefit to address ongoing concerns about REALTOR® safety.
The product is a Bluetooth-enabled fob that syncs with an app installed on a member’s smartphone and sends the user’s security profile, pertinent medical information, and live GPS location to the nearest police dispatch center in the event of an emergency.
The National Association of REALTORS® helped fund the development of Guard Llama in 2015. The company was a chosen startup in the REach technology accelerator program developed by Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of NAR.
If users need help, they can either double-press the button on the fob (pictured below) or the alarm button on the screen inside the app. The user can disarm the alarm by entering a personal identification number. If the wrong code is entered more than once, the call will be treated as true distress, and police will be dispatched. If the user ignores the call, police will be dispatched anyway.
Guard Llama is available nationwide and accepted by all 911 dispatchers. The company connects to dispatchers in the same way that OnStar or ADT does. Guard Llama also has a certified, 24/7 security-monitoring center. Bulk discounts for associations and brokerages are available.