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BrickHouse Security Launches Sales of Amber Alert GPS, A Revolutionary Way to Protect Children

Maker of the BrickHouse Child Locator strengthens its child safety product offerings with the addition of the Amber Alert GPS, a small but powerful personal GPS tracker

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 13, 2009 — BrickHouse Security, a leading provider of safety and security products to major law enforcement agencies including the NYPD, FBI, and the LA County Sheriffs, is expanding its consumer product line with the addition of the Amber Alert GPS (AAGPS).

Amber Alert GPS has a small form factor
Amber Alert GPS has a small form factor

“We’ve managed to become one of the nation’s top sellers of GPS tracking products,” said Todd Morris, BrickHouse CEO, “but until today we haven’t offered such an easy-to-use yet powerful product to parents.” While the company has sold thousands of GPS tracking devices to more than 500 federal agencies and Fortune 500 clients, its consumer-focused GPS product line has been limited. “The Amber Alert GPS helps us give families a new and easy way to ensure their children are safe and accounted for when they’re away from home,” added Mr. Morris.

The AAGPS complements the company’s BrickHouse Child Locator product that was recently featured in Duracell ads. In contrast to the Locator, which uses GPS technology to alert parents when their child wanders beyond a set distance of up to 600 feet, the AAGPS device enables parents to remotely locate their children when they are away. To use it, parents simply place the device into their child’s personal items such as pockets and backpacks, or they can attach it to a wrist, ankle, or belt. To then locate their child they call or text the AAGPS device, and within seconds receive in return a detailed map and address of the child’s exact location via any text- or web-enabled phone. Alternatively, they can view location updates on their computer.

With more than 2,000 children reported missing on average every day, the Amber Alert GPS is not dependent upon the parent to keep a child safe. Measuring just over an inch across, the stylish device is intentionally designed to not look like a tracking tool should an abductor see it; more important, the AAGPS features an alert “SOS” button that the child can activate to send an emergency signal to his or her parent. For further protection the GPS device can send speed alerts when the child or teen’s vehicle exceeds a preset level, as well as breadcrumbing to leave a retrievable trail of the child’s travels.

The device was developed by Russell Thornton, who experienced the terror of losing a child in an amusement park. Fortunately, he found his child after an extended search–and the determination to help other parents and children. He chose the name “Amber Alert” in reference to Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old Texas girl who was abducted and murdered. The search for Amber led to the eventual establishment of a notification service for missing children. The AAGPS is not part of the system, but is instead intended to safeguard against situations reaching an alert stage while providing parents with peace of mind in knowing where to find their children.

“We hear stories every day of parents being separated from their children, whether intentionally or accidentally. Said Mr. Morris, “BrickHouse Security is thrilled to be able to offer introduce this new and effective way of preventing abductions and protecting their children.”

The Amber Alert GPS retails for $379 and requires a monthly subscription plan. For the next 30 days BrickHouse Security will be offering Amber Alert GPS for a special introductory price of $279.95. For more information on the Amber Alert GPS, please visit http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/amber-alert-gps.html.

About BrickHouse Security

BrickHouse Security provides security and surveillance products to consumers, businesses of all sizes including roughly half of the Fortune 500, and more than 500 local and national government agencies such as the NYPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the FBI. To help its customers protect what they care most about, the company offers a range of leading-edge safety, protection, GPS tracking and counter-surveillance products. BrickHouse Security’s industry-leading experts seek to be the go-to source for all of its audiences’ needs by providing timely information through the company’s informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing, and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security. The company is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse US and international client base.

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The Associated Press Talks About the BrickHouse Child Locator

appress1The Associated Press recently did a story about child locator devices where they interviewed a father who successfully used the BrickHouse Child Locator to locate his lost child during a family outing. The story also interviews BrickHouse Security’s CEO Todd Morris and asks him to weigh in on the subject of child locator devices. Read on for the full story.

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BHS & GTX Aim to Protect Missing Children with Revolutionary GPS Solutions

locatorGTX Corp and BrickHouse Security Team To Protect the 2,000 Children Reported Missing Daily With GPS Solutions

New iPhone utility App – Code Mobile – from GTX Corp, together with the BrickHouse Child Locator, use the most advanced GPS PLS proximity alert technology to provide protection for children locally and nationally.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GTX Corp (OTC Bulletin Board: GTXO), a leader in 2-way GPS Personal Location Services (PLS), has partnered with BrickHouse Security to offer products that can assist in the recovery of the 2,000 children reported missing every day. GTX Corp and BrickHouse will be working together to solve safety problems through product development, co-branding and joint marketing of innovative geo-specific and proximity-alerting solutions.

To help keep these children safe locally in busy malls, parks, and even in their own back yard, GTX Corp, through its Code Amber(R) subsidiary has formed a distribution relationship with BrickHouse Security to market the company’s Child Locator, as well as to jointly develop new safety and protection programs. The Child Locator, recently featured in a global media campaign by Duracell batteries, uses GPS technology to monitor the location of wandering children up to 600 feet away using an onscreen display and alert system.

The Child Locator is now available on the Code Amber web site and promoted on the Code Amber News Ticker that is viewed by millions. GTX Corp has expanded its subscriber base for geo-proximate real time information about reported missing children, through placement of its News Ticker on the BHS website and with a new mobile App; Code Mobile< – now available on iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms.

The Code Amber (R) News Service and the Child Locator have already aided in the recovery of numerous children. “My favorite story is one in which CANS helped recover a child missing from his Arizona home who was later located in a car in a California parking lot of Walgreen’s, a long-standing partner who posted the alert at their stores. Thanks to the cross-state notification, the child was safely returned to his family,” said Bryant Harper, president of Code Amber.

Todd Morris, BrickHouse Security founder and CEO, adds his own story of a happy recovery: Said Mr. Morris, “I recently received a call from a relieved father who brought his child to a major theme park. His child had climbed a structure and moved out of sight and range of his calls. Using the Child Locator he was able to quickly find his child to the relief of the family.” He adds, “Now that we’re working with GTX Corp I’m comforted to know that we can reach further to recover children when they’re separated over longer distances, and I’m sure that many parents will be, too.”

Mr. Bertagna offered, “We are excited about the relationship, since Todd and I met close to a year ago we have been exploring the different opportunities for us to work together. Identifying a company with complementary products and a parallel mission marks the beginning of a profitable and purposeful relationship. I know that together we can help change the headlines from – child found missing, to – missing child found.”

About GTX Corp
GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) develops and integrates 2-way GPS people finding technologies which seamlessly integrate with consumer products and enterprise applications. Utilizing the latest in miniaturized tracking and cellular location technology, the company offers a GPS location platform that enables subscribers to track in real time the whereabouts of people, pets, or high valued assets through its customizable transceiver module, wireless connectivity gateway, middleware, and viewing portal.

Committed to being the “better people finder” GTX Corp owns and operates LOCiMOBILE, Inc.(www.locimobile.com) which develops applications that transforms smart phones into real time 2-way GPS personal location transceiver, letting friends, co-workers and loved ones know where you are, and Code Amber News Service (www.codeamber.com), a leading US and Canadian syndicator of online Amber Alerts which is dedicated to the recovery of missing persons.

Founded in 2002 and based in Los Angeles, California, the company has evolved from its early beginnings of putting a micro GPS device in a shoe – the patented smart-shoe (www.gpsshoe.com) – and continues to pave the way with innovative geo-specific and proximity alerting applications that help you know where someone or something is at the touch of a button. The company believes in a strong intellectual property strategy and to date has an extensive portfolio of patents, patents pending, registered trademarks, copyrights, and URLs.

About BrickHouse Security
BrickHouse Security provides safety and security products to consumers, businesses of all sizes including roughly half of the Fortune 500, and more than 500 local and national government agencies such as the NYPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the FBI. To help its customers protect what they care most about, the company offers a range of leading-edge safety, protection, GPS tracking and counter-surveillance products. BrickHouse Security’s industry-leading experts seek to be the go-to source for all of its audiences’ needs by providing timely information through the company’s informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing, and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security. The company is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse US and international client base.

For more information regarding GTX Corp, please contact:
Ross Silver
Investor Relations
(213) 489.3019 ext 646
ir@gtxcorp.com

Matthew Chisum
Public Relations (Media Contact Only)
(310) 789-2461
matthew@prolificpr.com

For more information regarding BHS, please contact:
Jason Lazarus
Director of Marketing
BrickHouse Security
646-253-9131
jlazarus@brickhousesecurity.com

GTX Corp does not warrant or represent that the unauthorized use of materials drawn form the content of this document will not infringe rights of third parties who are not owned or affiliated by GTX Corp. Further GTX Corp cannot be help responsible or liable for the unauthorized use of this document’s content by third parties unknown to the company.

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Spectrum Magazine Recommends BrickHouse Security’s GPS Tracking Systems to Keep Tabs on Wandering Children

spectrumSpectrum, a magazine geared towards the autism and developmentally disabled community, recently featured our GPS tracking systems as an efficient way to keep track of wandering children when they are off of your own property.

“There are also personal child locator systems you can purchase to find your child if she wanders away from your at home or while out shopping or at the park. They cost from as little as $19.99 for a “Giggle Big” locator with a 150 foot range to more than $1,000 for a tracking GPS system within your home. You can go to BrickHouse-ChildSafety.com to see an assortment of systems.”

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ABC News Good Morning America Profiles Summer Swimming Tips for Dogs

83-gmaYou may think your dog is a master of the doggie paddle, but think again. Good Morning America stresses that your dog may be at risk for drowning like one of the 1,028 pets that drown each year.

Jean Marie Cooper of Water 4 Dogs explains “For example, bulldogs, pugs, French bulldogs — they try to swim but they do kind of sink. Their legs are not long so they’re not gonna get a whole lot of thrust out of their stroke.”

Luckily, the experts point out a few precautions that can help save your dog’s life.dog-pool-alarm

1. The BrickHouse Pool Alarm: attached to your pet’s collar, hear an alarm the instant your pet gets wet. Whether it’s in a bath tub, pool, lake, or ocean, you will know the moment your dog submerges.

2.Wait 2 Hours After Eating: “You don’t want them to have a full belly or stomach and then exercise intensely because in some large dogs the stomach can twist, and then you have a serious medical emergency on your hands,” Cooper said.

3. Supervision: probably the most important precaution a pet owner can take, is to keep a close eye on your pet. “You can teach them how to swim, but I would not recommend letting your dog swim without supervision ,” Cooper said.

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(via Good Morning America)

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Good Morning America Child Safety Device Program Features BrickHouse Security

78-goodmorningamericalogoScreaming can be heard for miles across. Search teams are deployed and spend hours upon hours calling. Hearts are suspended mid-air. This routine happens 2000 times a day; every single time a child has gone missing. In response to this horrifying scenario, Good Morning America on ABC found some new gadgets that are now available to help lower that number and aide parents in keeping track of their precious children.

Low Tech Items

image21These items may be low tech but they are certainly effective. They provide a nice safety net hovering right under your child making the impact of the fall less harsh. The first item featured was the Safety Tat, which was invented by a Baltimore mom concerned about her child’s safety. The Safety Tat is a peel and stick applique that can be place on your child. The idea behind this is that the tat features the emergency number that should be contacted if the child gets lost and is found by a stranger. With its waterproof resistance and 5 day endurance, this applique is a perfect and fun accessory for any child.

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ESPN Anchor Video: Erin Andrews Hot Topic On The Scott & BR Radio Show

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When sports radio personalities Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith from XX1090 San Diego heard about the ESPN Anchor Erin Andrews video scandal, they immediately called upon Todd Morris, CEO & Security Expert of BrickHouse Security to sound off about the controversy.

erin-andrews-photo1“When celebrities show up in a hotel or dressing room or even at a hair salon there is always the risk that someone has been there before and planted a camera and might catch them in something.”

Erin Andrews had to find this out the hard way when an embarrassing peephole video of her surfaced on the Internet.

“Even catching a B list celebrity doing something embarrassing could generate a photo or video worth over $100,000 from one of the tabloids. For these paparazzi, they’re looking for their lottery ticket. They’re looking to generate some controversial content…controversy from a B level celebrity could turn them into an A level sensation.

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ESPN Anchor Erin Andrews Photos Prompt Discussion On Counter Surveillance

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Used to being watched on camera, ESPN News Anchor Erin Andrews thought she was retreating to a camera-less hotel room, away from the public eye on the evening of July 21st, 2009.

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Boy did she think wrong.

Nude videotape of the reporter surfaced on the Internet immediately after her hotel stay,  apparently taken by a hidden video camera.

To theorize on how the peeping tom could have captured video without Andrews’ knowledge, CBS News turned to the Security and Privacy experts at BrickHouse Security. CBS News

correspondents and their film crew came to our Manhattan based office to discuss what different surveillance and counter surveillance options are out there.

When asked about his take on the Andrews incident, CEO Todd Morris explained “The truth is, you never quite know where a hidden camera could be stashed: in a locker room, dressing room, or worse, which is why it’s important to take measures to protect yourself from prying eyes.”

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Morris goes on to explain the different types of counter surveillance options available to consumers to detect unwanted audio and video recorders.

“Devices like the Hidden Camera Finder and the Laser Hidden Camera Finder Pro that reveal hidden wireless camera signals are portable camera detecting devices that let anyone sweep a room just like a P.I. would. With a simple 5-second sweep anyone can ensure that a room is completely bug and video camera free.”

(via CBS News)

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Daily News Asks Todd Morris for Advice on How to Avoid Bad Money

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31-dailynews2Our CEO, Todd Morris has been featured in a recent New York Daily News article entitled “Knowing good money from bad money.” The piece focuses on how businesses can identify money coming from customers and investors that is truly bad capital in the end. Todd weighs in on the subject, and based on his own experiences at BrickHouse Security he provides some sound advice.

“For Morris, 39, bad money means “having more to risk than gain. We want customers. We want to provide excellent customer service. And we still want to meet our goals.”

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