Security never looked so good
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
Originally developed by Florida company Secure Couture, Stiletto is a charm that can be attached to a bracelet, necklace, or any other piece of jewelry. Its intent is to offer a discreet way of contacting emergency lines, friends, or family when you feel threatened.
The inspiration behind the charm was the realization by the company co-founders, brother duo Alexander and Daniel Gladstone, that oftentimes when people, women especially, are under threat, the security of a cell phone is not immediately at hand.
Logically, it makes sense. Security apps that can be activated on your phone when you feel threatened play a big role in thwarting many attempted assaults—however, a large majority of these apps are not available in Canada. Those apps are also designed to send a text or call to an emergency contact, who is then responsible for checking in with you. This creates a weird third party dynamic where your safety is completely dependent on whether your friend or family member reads their text message in time. Stiletto streamlines the process by contacting your emergency contacts, as well as 911 to put them on alert to a possible situation. If the situation progresses the Stiletto automated system will give your location to the 911 operator with a request for immediate assistance. Otherwise, you can simply cancel and the system will inform the operator that the situation has been resolved.
Perhaps most impressive of all, all of this is done through a few button presses.
The intent when creating Stiletto was to make it as discreet as possible, so that possible attackers won’t be alerted to you contacting the police and either turn violent or halt your ability to do so. The charm itself comes in a variety of styles that you can customize so it’s nearly impossible for it to be recognized as a security precaution.
You activate Stiletto by pressing the jewel in its centre to send out the initial texts and call. If the threat continues, you press the jewel two more times to request immediate assistance. At any point in time you can hit the jewel once to cancel the call.
Another added security feature is that the charm will also create an audio recording once activated, making it even more useful as it can then be used as proof of verbal assault.
Right now you can pre-order the system for $179–220.