From cars to food to cleaning services, there’s almost nothing that smartphone users can’t summon straight to their doors these days — and thanks to one new app, that includes personal bodyguards.
Bond, a personal security platform available for iOS and Android, allows users to hire their very own bodyguards to escort them to meetings, walk them home, or even get them safely from one bar to another during a wild night out.
And while the company’s cadre of armed and unarmed protectors are made up of former security professionals, police, and Secret Service, the prices are actually affordable, even for non-Presidents of the United States.
VIP protection: Bond, a personal security platform available for iOS an Android, allows users to hire their very own bodyguards
The Bond app has quite a few personal security features, including on-the-go GPS tracking, video monitoring, and roadside assistance — but it’s personal bodyguards are certainly the most unique offering.
They can be called upon to accompany users when they walk their dog, go shopping, wait for a repairman at home, navigate a new city, or just about anything else. Some costumers have also used it for protection at religious gatherings.
While the service isn’t quite at instant, Uber-levels of on-demand readiness yet, guards can be on the scene in as little as an hour and will be available in all major US cities in a matter of months.
Bond founder Doron Kempel, 57, a decorated former deputy commander in the Israeli Defence Forces’ special ops division, said that the app fills the ‘meaningful gap between the security concerns of individuals and the security solutions that are available.’
‘People seem to be concerned about their own security and that of their loved ones,’ he told DailyMail.com.
They can be called upon to accompany users when they walk their dog, go shopping, travel to a restaurant, navigate a new city, or just about anything else
Bond’s founder told DailyMail.com that the app fills the ‘meaningful gap between the security concerns of individuals and the security solutions that are available’
‘They’re are also concerned about walking into parking garages or parking lots [and] encountering strangers with no one around,’ he went on, citing ride-share vehicles, receiving deliveries at home, and looking at homes with a real estate agent as examples.
Bond founder Doron Kempel is a former decorated deputy commander in Israel’s special ops division
‘Personal security and peace of mind are human needs and human rights,’ he added.
Though Americans can call 911 for emergencies, police can’t always address non-emergency threats.
‘We realized that some situations and some people can benefit from having bodyguards available to them,’ Kempel said. ‘The problem is that bodyguards are not easy to reserve and are not affordable.
‘Usually, one needs to reserve a bodyguard 24 hours in advance, commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service; and pay nearly $500 for the base service.’
Not with this app: The Premium service for the app currently costs $9.99 per month, and bodyguard fees start at $30 for the first 30 minutes or $50 for first hour. Each additional 30 minutes is $25.
Security agents can also monitor via video and contact emergency services
Eventually, Kempel hopes that customers will be able to have a bodyguard on the scene ‘as quickly as it would take you to get dinner’
Eventually, Kempel hopes that customers will be able to have a bodyguard on the scene ‘as quickly as it would take you to get dinner.’
Meanwhile, the Bond app offers several other safety features for users who might feel uncomfortable in a given situation, or just want to know that someone is watching their back.
Using the app, customers can send real-time location updates to friends and family, set off a siren with bright flashing lights, or call a car — which will even find users if they’re on the move.
They can also have a Personal Security Agent monitor them via video on their phone, or put an agent on standby simply by pressing a button.
And the ‘Track Me On The Go’ feature monitors a user’s location until he or she has reached a given destination. If the user goes off-route or doesn’t reach their destination by an estimated time, an agent will attempt to verify their safety — and if they don’t answer, the authorities and an emergency contact will be notified.