Whereable Technologies has selected a positioning module from u-blox for its RiskBand product, which claims to be the first wearable, live-monitored personal safety device that doesn’t require connection to a cell phone.
RiskBand, due to launch in autumn 2016, is a small, bracelet-like device that allows wearers to summon help and stream audio and photos with just one discreet push of a button. It will use u-blox’s new SARA-U201, the world’s tiniest penta-band HSPA/GSM cellular module.
This will allow wearers to reach the RiskBand Emergency Response team from anywhere on the planet that has cellular service. RiskBand will be one of the first devices to incorporate this globally functioning cellular module.
“When we designed RiskBand, we wanted to make sure every component was best-in-class to deliver flawlessly on our promise to provide security to our users,” said Whereable Technologies president and CEO Jim Van Law.
“The u-blox SARA-U201 allows us to not only streamline the size of the device, but also offers RiskBand wearers the unparalleled ability to get help virtually anywhere in the world in the event of an emergency.”
Measuring just 16 x 26 x 3 mm, the 96-pin SARA-U201 is the smallest cellular module ever made, according to u-blox, supporting both 2G and 3G connectivity and which has global radio regulatory approvals.
RiskBand will also incorporate u-blox’s GPS smart-antenna module with omni-directional reception in its device to ensure its location-based functions are best in class as well.