As a part of my series about “Ideas That Can Change The World In The Next Few Years” I had the pleasure of interviewing Todd Evans. Mr. Evans is an inventor, creator, and the founder of the Guardian Angel Company. Mr. Evans is a medically retired veteran of the United States Army and has spent years working with men and women struggling with PTSD as well as veteran suicide prevention and education. He and his wife live in Western Washington; though they cannot have children of their own, they remain hopeful of adopting this coming year.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
In the military, we often find ourselves with given circumstances on the battlefield. To clarify, it is incumbent upon us, where the rubber meets the road, to create solutions which needs to be quick , carefully thought out and innovative to accomplish one’s given assignment and mission.
When I retired, I received a phone call from my mother’s caregiver as she is disabled. On Christmas day, I learned that my mother had been attacked in her home and had been left for dead. At that time we lived in Abilene, a small town in West Texas. That year, Abilene had pretty heavy snow and ice storms, and we couldn’t get out for three days.
We drove for about 24 hours straight to get to my mother. She had already gone through brain and hip surgeries and was in the ICU ward. I worked with the local law enforcement to help apprehend the subject who had perpetrated the crimes against my mom, Judy. Although we knew who it was, the law enforcement’s hands were tied due to a lack of actual witness, and to this day, the subject is still walking the streets.
From this experience, I wanted to create something that we can give to everyday citizen, and help provide them with an opportunity to defend themselves. We are essentially arming them with the ability to take back their lives.
When I set out to create the Guardian Angel, I was also working on another application, which will be launched later this year. My tech-team and project manager came to me with a solution for that application, and a lightbulb went off in my head. I asked them if we could do X along the lines of Y & Z, and that became the Guardian Angel. I think this is when the my team had the ‘a-ha’ moment as well. Dwayne, my project manager, started to launch. “Yeah Todd,” he said to me “I know we can do it. And I think this is potentially going to change the world”
Can you tell us about your “ Idea That Might Change The World”?
I love how the question is posed as “Might” change the World. For us, we can only see how Guardian Angel will change the world.
In the event of an incident, attack, or life-altering calamity, Guardian Angel stands vigilant and ready. You, as the user, will tap the application icon that is downloaded from either the app-store or from our website. Once it is downloaded, it replaces the SOS, or Emergency icons, already on your phone.
Once the app is activated, it bypasses the phone’s security and brings up an internal video camera. The live stream is sent to our servers and your two predetermined lifelines (guardian angels). Your lifelines are set up at the point of activation.
This feed is then sent via text to the lifelines, in which they can open the feed, view the actual situation, and can call 911 or an appropriate agency for a prompt response.
Moreover, the Guardian Angel uses the Military Grid Reference System based on ten digits (MGRS) with Lat-Long overlay to give a geo-location to 3 feet. Current competitors can only pinpoint the location to a 3 block radius. The new locator will aid in response time for law enforcements, and extend the ‘Golden Hour’ for EMS. the ‘Golden Hour’ is the optimum time to get to the victim.
The benefits are vast! In the courtroom, this will solve crime and aid in the appropriate adjudication and rightful prosecution with video. The video evidence cannot be contaminated or altered from our remote server farm.
Our product is affordable, and made for everyone between the ages of 9 and 100. It will help save lives, solve violent crimes such as homicide, rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, assault.
In our trial phase, we have already saved a 9-year-old’s life. I ask you, can you think of a single person with whom this isn’t relevant?
Guardian Angel will launch on April 15.
How do you think this will change the world?
To understand how this will change the world, I will first look at the FBI Crime Clock. One violent crime takes place every 25 seconds, and one property crime every 5 seconds.
From there, as a society, we have to understand that our law enforcement and detectives are human too. They rely heavily on eye witness’s testimonies. The current fact is that north of 30% of all homicides are unsolved. In 2017, WGN illustrated that number to be in the 70%, leaving family and friends to never know what happened, why, and who.
Most people carry their cell phones wherever they go. Statistically speaking, there are approximately 300 million smartphones in the United States. Globally, that is closer to 3 billion.
With that market access, as well as the affordability of our application, the Guardian Angel app will capture crime as it is happening, stream video to the app users lifelines, provide evidence to the perpetrators, and alert the law enforcements. Most importantly, the video is uncontaminated, sent and stored on our servers.
Whether its a homicide, rape, mugging, carjacking, robbery, road rage, spouse abuse, child abuse, kidnapping, the images will be captured, and the video made available to the courts to aid in adjudication and conviction of criminals everywhere. The product smashes demographics-whether you are 7 or 100, whether you live in Ketchikan, AK, or Chico, CA, this product is relevant, it will save lives, and it will solve crime.
What do you need to lead this idea to widespread adoption?
This is another great and relevant question. I believe our product is ideally suited for literally anyone between the ages of 9 and 100. This transcends race, age, gender, socioeconomic indicators. We believe everyone should have this at their disposal and getting to that point will require a robust marketing campaign.
The future of work is a common theme. What can one do to “future proof” their career?
Future proofing one’s career is relevant whether you’re in the military or working at Goldman Sachs. I would recommend to keep your finger on the pulse of your occupational specialty. Life evolves just as our careers evolve. Just as softwares evolve and become outdated, so too can we become outdated.
Stay up to speed on current trends and look to tomorrow of where your career can and will take you.
Based on the future trends in your industry, if you had a million dollars, what would you invest in?
This is a very relevant question for us at the Guardian. We have truly bootstrapped our project. With an extra million to put into development, there are key facets that we would create. We welcome the opportunity to grow our business, and by proxy, increase hiring at the local levels.
Which principles or philosophies have guided your life? Your career?
The things that have helped and guided me throughout my life, and my career, is from a collection of advice my dad, Tommy, gave me some time ago.
- He said to always try to do the right thing, especially when no one is looking. Your integrity and your name is all you have. Doing the right thing when no one is looking has helped me hold myself accountable.
- Regardless of who you meet, give everyone the same opportunity and get to know them. Everyone has value, and its incumbent on each of us to find it in others.
- Love unconditionally. I have see how my dad has done this with his children and with my mom.
- My dad also said not to go to bed angry. I like to say, try not to go to bed angry. Make time for your spouse and your children, regardless of how hard your day was at work. Your home life and off time are just as important. This can be a challenge for workaholics.
Can you share with our readers what you think are the most important “success habits” or “success mindsets”?
For me, it is a never quit mentality. The world if full of people with incredible talent. I’ve seen them-likely you have too. But for some reason, they listen to the voice in their head, or someone else’s negativity, and they give up.
If you want to be an inventor, an entrepreneur, or in any other career track, do it! Find a way and don’t give up. On the other hand, if you want to be a singer, but you cannot hold a tune to save your life, like me (laughing) be honest with yourself and don’t beat your head against the wall trying to do something or be something that you are not. Focus on your strengths, look to your weakness, and build on them.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
We are in the incubator stages, and we are working with our team of vendors and specialists to ensure the roll out by April 15th. Shortly before that, we will release media packages and press release. We will be on all the social media platforms.
I have also began negotiations with an entertainment company in Hollywood to plan a reality TV series based on real-world videos submitted to the Guardian Angel.
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational.
About the Author:
Christina D. Warner is a healthcare marketer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. She is a Duke Business School alumnus and has innovated commercially for Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Veniti (now Boston Scientific) and Goldman Sachs. Christina is a regular columnist for Authority Magazine and Thrive Global and has been quoted in many national publications. You can download her free ‘How To Get Into the C-Suite and More: top secrets from CEO’s, political figures, and best-selling authors. Connect with Christina at LinkedIn or Twitter