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SpaceAlarm: Keeping Distance. Prevent Harm.

by Harold Jonas

We are developing the SpaceAlarm, which is a repurposing of existing technology designed to encourage social distancing for all Americans as a response to address the current COVID-19 epidemic.
Delray Beach, FL United States Community Prevention Mental Health WarOnCOVID challenge

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About our project

The problem we solve: Community members do not automatically maintain safe social distancing. There is a need for additional tools to remind and reinforce protective measures. In addition to increased testing, hand washing, and wearing facemasks, social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Americans need a reliable, easy-to-use product that allows them to integrate back into the community. SpaceAlarm is protecting the safety and health of all Americans through social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. SpaceAlarm is a repurposed technology that immediately reminds individuals they are within 6-feet from others by displaying a flashing red light.

About our solution: SpaceAlarm is designed to assist with reducing the anxiety about the spread of Covid-19. It is also an aid in facilitating the learning and reinforcement of proper social distancing. It is a passive device worn to remind others of your presence and for them to keep a safe distance. It protects them from you as much as you from them. The incidence of verbal and physical violence in-regard to social distancing is a frightening prospect. It is critical we develop and implement every available tool to protect ourselves and our communities. We are also committed to social capitalism and are proudly contributing $1.00 of every sale to the American Nurses Foundation.

Progress to date:

This project has been self-funded. The initial product prototype has been successfully developed and is being distributed locally. We are gaining traction. Social media, Google and Facebook ads have generated traffic and some sales. The request for investment is to design a study and use SpaceAlarm as the device to assist with the goal of reducing anxiety and reinforce social learning.  The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS) has been selected as the instrument for measuring participant's anxiety. We are also seeking a pathway to engineer a software chip with custom programming to link via Bluetooth to mobile app. This will provide users a pathway to complete surveys, earn rewards for utilization and contribute to contact tracing. The possibility of adding a low sounding alert is also under consideration.  Funding will be used to initiate the research study, market our solution, gain traction, and increase sales revenue for the next iteration.

About Our Team

Creator: Harold Jonas

Location: Florida

Bio: Harold Jonas, PhD, LMHC, CAP, ICADC brings over 30 years of extensive experience in counseling psychology, treatment psychology, healthcare, case management, mobile phone apps healthcare information technology, start-ups, product development, software development life cycle (SDLC), web development, mobile technology, and technology integration. Dr. Jonas trained as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, as well as a Florida State Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. He holds a PhD from International University with a focus on Addictive Disorders and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. Jonas specializes in addictions, intervention services, crisis, and trauma counseling. He has worked in variety of professional settings including drug treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and outpatient counseling programs. In addition to his clinical background, Dr. Jonas is a serial entrepreneur. Dr. Jonas is the Founder and President of Intervention Strategies that responded to treatment option changes and the impact of managed care on the healthcare industry. Here, Dr. Jonas has since conducted numerous “carefrontations” and guided the healing process for numerous individuals and families on to the road of recovery. In 1995, Dr. Jonas launched a drug-free living environment called the Recovery Zone. This shared, supportive housing concept was designed for people in early recovery who benefit from a community type living situation. He’s also responsible for the concept, design and launch of multiple Internet directories serving the addiction and recovery industry, including Soberhouses.com, Sober.com, Detox.com, Halfwayhouses.com, Rehabs.com, Sobernetwork.com, Recoveryroommates.com, and Interventionstrategies.net. Two of his most recent apps for the Addiction & Recovery space received national recognition and prestigious awards.

Title: President

Advanced Degree(s): PhD, MA, CAP

About Our Company

Intervention Strategies, Inc

Location: 215 NW 1st Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Founded: 1994

Website: https://spacealarm.com

Twitter: @spacealarmalert

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceAlarmSafetyLight/

Other link: https://www.interventionstrategies.net

Other link: https://sobernetwork.com

Product Stage: In the Market

Employees: 1-2

How We Help Patients

SpaceAlarm is designed as a preventive tool. Ideally, it will assist with others measures implemented to keep us, our loved ones and other community members from becoming patients. The idea of prevention has consistently been underfunded and thought of as unnecessary. We all know preparedness cannot be measured and quantified since it does not generate revenue stream. SpaceAlarm can contribute in multiple ways. It acts as a preventative agent and generates revenue through sales as well as contributes creating jobs.

 

How We Help Physicians

SpaceAlarm will adhere to the harm reduction strategy adopted by other national health problems, for example Substance Abuse Disorders. By working to keep people from becoming patients it reduces the need for physicians to treat. This will alleviate a tremendous stress on the front line workers, emergency room personnel and ancillary staff that supports every admit to a facility.

 

How We Help Hospitals

SpaceAlarm will alleviate hospital overloads by encouraging social distancing. In return, this will reduced the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the emergency room. SpaceAlarm will be a straightforward solution that can be used by all Americans. It can be quickly deployed anywhere, especially in highly dense populated environments such as workplaces, hospitals, school, care facilities, nursing homes, gyms, and restaurants. With this assurance, SpaceAlarm would help ease the transition for employees, schools, businesses, and other organizations, including hospitals and healthcare facilities, to return to work in a timely and safe manner. We also have the ability to integrate automated contact tracing features into SpaceAlarm as well.

 

 

How We Help Partners

COVID-19 presents a unique challenge for us all. We can partner with business' for a back to work solution. Assisting your employees to maintain safe social distancing is creating is going to be an ongoing dilemma. Implementing SpaceAlarm as an option will help solve that problem. We have researched multiple solutions that are cost prohibitive for most companies. Vibrating bracelets, sounds, verbal ques have a place for some but not all. Encouraging or even mandating use of SpaceAlarm has the potential to achieve measurable success.

 

Challenge Mission

COVID Problem We Address

SpaceAlarm is a straightforward, easy-to-use solution that can be quickly implemented across America at scale to accommodate large mass amounts of people. This product is important to bring to market during these critical times as Americans are adapting to the new norm of social distancing. Thus, bringing SpaceAlarm to market as quickly as possible would be critical to combat the COVID-19 health and economic crisis across America. It would benefit a variety of different stakeholders across the US impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes employers and businesses in healthcare, businesses, retail, gyms, restaurants, etc. Through social distancing, SpaceAlarm would give Americans the confidence that they will be safe and healthy by preventing COVID-19 transmission; reducing the burden of overwhelming hospitals; as well as, enabling them to return to work, normal daily routines, and travel.

Our COVID Solution

Community prevention on the mass scale is a challenge that requires an economically feasible intervention and one that will be adopted by many. As discussed, SpaceAlarm will be designed to reduce anxiety for all Americans by encouraging social distancing while alleviating fear and anxiety, especially in places with high densities of people (e.g., schools, workplaces, hospitals, restaurants, etc.). SpaceAlarm is an intervention that is easily scalable and affordable. Measuring its effect will only be accomplished with access to testing and hospital admission data. Since it is an adjunctive tool, surveys will be instituted through a mobile app we own and intend to replicate specifically for this purpose. Once funded, we plan on app implementation for data accumulation, reminder accountability and a rewards mechanism for repeated app use (HayverShield). In 2021 we plan to launch a second- generation SpaceAlarm product which will include chips for geo location, Bluetooth capabilities, contact tracing, and data generation (www.safedi.com). 

Innovation Details

Intellectual Property Summary

We have filed an "In Use" trademark applicvation with USPTO for "SpaceAlarm." We anticipate this will be published for opposition in June 2020 by USPTO (USPTO #88935650). The light sensor is commerciality available and will be repurposed as a safety light at a manufacturer overseas. To fabricate the next iteration, we will partner with a mobile app technology company to integrate SpaceAlarm with Bluetooth technology to have surveys (e.g., symptoms, COVID-19 anxiety scale (CAS),  and a rewards for social distancing (e.g., starts/point system to get reimbursed for a gift card).  We plan to file provisional patents when appropriate as we develop the prototype and other reiterations.

Clinical Information

Our research has not identified clinical efficacy for this intervention. We intend to pioneer data research on measuring anxiety with SpaceAlarm as the independent variable. By administering the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS) to participants, we can measure increase/decrease of self reportted anxiety based on use of our wearable device.  

Survey Items: Coronavirus Anxiety Scale (CAS)

I felt dizzy, lightheaded, or faint, when I read about or listened to news about the coronavirus.

I had trouble falling or staying asleep because I was thinking about the coronavirus.

I felt paralyzed or frozen when I thought about or was exposed to information about the coronavirus.

I lost interest in eating when I thought bout or was exposed to information about the coronavirus.

I felt nauseous or had stomach problems when I thought about or was exposed to information about the coronavirus.

The CAS is placed in the public domain to encourage its use in clinical assessment and research. No formal permission is therefore required for its reproduction and use by others, beyond appropriate citation:

Lee, S.A. (2020). Coronavirus Anxiety Scale: A brief mental health screener for COVID-19 related anxiety. Death Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1748481

Regulatory Status

Not applicable to our project

How we will use the funds raised

We propose to use this funding to develop a working prototype for SpaceAlarm and to conduct a small pilot marketing study with human subjects. Upon successful completion of these goals, we will have a minimum viable product (MVP) and plan to partner with a manufacture to scale production. Additionally, we will be developing and launching an aggressive marketing, branding, and sales campaign across the US so that SpaceAlarm can be accessible to all Americans. We also plan to establish partnerships with businesses, workplaces, hospitals, healthcare facilities, schools, and other organizations to incorporate SpaceAlarm into their organization to protect their employees. The breakdown of requested funds are as followed:

Prototype design: $5,000

Initial production run: $10,000

Study design, subject recruitment: $5,000

Study eval and analysis: $10,000

Marketing: $10,000

Compliance Fee: $1,000 

Donation to Nurses and Miscellaneous Expenses: $5,000

Fees (USPTO, licensing, software development): $4,000

 

 

Thank You

I am appealing to you all as a concerned community member. We are bombarded daily with the devastating news of people being infected and many subsequently dying form the pandemic we find ourselves in. SpaceAlarm is a need for all of us. It is can accelerate the learning curve by reinforcing our adherence to the new social norm; social distancing.  There are many people who for a variety of reasons do not have the strong voice to set and maintain these new safe boundaries.  It is important for us to pull together and create simple solutions for complicated problems. Oftentimes, we can be kind and emit an attitude of comfort and personal safety out of the most obvious resources. Let's get SpaceAlarm into everyone hands to fashionably accessorize for personal and community safety. Please remember, we are committed to contributing $1.00 of every sale to the American Nurses Foundation as our way of saying THANK YOU. When you get onboard, we all gain. 

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