When we first launched we were excited about highlighting our app since it is our raison d'etre. Our marketing campaigns were solely focused on saying how we were app centered and that no other company in Florida was quite like us. We got some great responses, especially from guards who wanted to know what this was about.
Then came the haters, or the "in-security" companies trying to spam us. The claim was that other companies were also using software and apps if not for years.
THEY MISSED THE POINT ENTIRELY.
First of all there is nothing wrong with using apps as a supplement to your existing software. We think Voxer is pretty cool for radio communication, and slack is great for team management. But this isn't what the spammers were referring to.
Did you know that YellowCab, blue bird, and a host of other taxi companies have had "apps" for years? Why is that Lyft & Uber have had such better success with mobile users? It's because they didn't OUTSOURCE their stuff to a third-party developer. Even if you look now for apps from some taxi firms, you will notice that they themselves aren't listed as the developers. The problem with this is you get generic cookie cutter apps stamped with a companies logo.
This is exactly what is happening with security companies, including some of the biggest ones in the country. Even more, they don't usually ask a development firm to make them an app but rather pay to use an existing one. Most of the time this will be in the guise of a "patrol" app and look like it was made in 2007. This is exactly what the company that the spammer was referring to did, using a another firm that already has a security app and labeling it as their own.
So, is our app the same?
NOPE! We started working on SAYF over a year ago and are still continuing to add features. Not only are we a state licensed security guard agency with all the necessary credentials, but we are also the app company. What this allows us to do is similar to what it has done for uber & lyft, which is give us CONTROL over the most important part of our startup.
We aim for our guards/managers/clients to all be at a certain technological plane. This is why we give our guards iPhones and our contract Clients iPads. There are others that are trying to change the industry as well, but not so much in Florida.
This app is FLogrown and our vision is to flip the industry on it's head with it. If you are interested in joining us as either a guard, client, or even investor, feel free to reach us via the contact link at the top.