Personal security tracking wearables to offer 'safety without limits'

January 09, 2018 // By Rich Pell
Smartphone supplier ZTE USA (Richardson, TX) and Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego, CA), along with personal safety software provider Wearsafe Labs (Hartford, CT), have teamed up to develop personal security tracking solutions "for an unpredictable world."

Together, the companies are working on an integrated solution in the form of a discrete wearable device designed to instantly connect - through a push of a button - the user to third parties such as first responders, monitoring companies, and family. The devices will incorporate ZTE's wireless hardware along with Wearsafe's personal security software platform and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1100 platform.

"The work between ZTE, Qualcomm Technologies, and Wearsafe will create the next generation of personal safety solutions through a small wearable device," says Jeff Yee, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy of ZTE Mobile Devices. "A connected personal tracking solution is yet another untapped IoT market and a need from consumers that has not been fulfilled. ZTE looks forward to creating its first-ever personal security device and bringing the solution to market."

ZTE plans to integrate Wearsafe's mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) software into mobile devices using the Snapdragon Wear 1100 platform, which is specifically designed for next-generation targeted-purpose wearables with its low power, "cutting-edge" compact packages, and next-gen LTE Cat 1 modem with global band support. The cloud-based mPERS software, integrated into LTE-connected IoT devices, can collect and transmit critical user information to third parties at the user's discretion.

"ZTE and Qualcomm Technologies have had a long-standing relationship to bring new, innovative products and solutions to development," says Pankaj Kedia, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "With today's announcement, we will be adding to the smartphones and smartwatches we have launched in the past. The smart tracker solutions, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1100 platform, will be designed to deliver virtually always connected Cat 1 based personal trackers with extended battery life and sleek form factors."

On Wearsafe's part, its software platform stores and records information about the user's situation, including location, how fast a user is travelling, and any available audio information for greater context. This, says the company, provides users with

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