THALWIL, Switzerland and CHARLESTON, S.C., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Whereable Technologies has tapped cutting-edge technology from u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, for RiskBand, the first wearable, live-monitored personal safety device that doesn't require connection to a cellphone.
RiskBand, which launches in fall 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, so wearers can 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 offer 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 supporting both 2G and 3G connectivity and has global radio regulatory approvals. RiskBand will also incorporate u-blox's top-of-the-line GPS smart-antenna module with omnidirectional reception in its device to ensure its location-based functions are best in class as well.
RiskBand is available at www.RiskBand.com with a two-year subscription.
Swiss u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u-blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short-range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.
Natacha Seitz, Senior Professional PR at u-blox AG
Phone: +41 44 722 7388
About Whereable Technologies LLC
Founded in 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina, by entrepreneurs Jim Van Law and Mark Karsch, Whereable Technologies is a global safety device company and creator of the first wearable, live-monitored personal safety device that doesn't require connection to a cell phone or transmitting station. The company partners with global security expert GEOS to help provide emergency response to RiskBand customers anywhere in the world with a network connection and in more than 200 languages and dialects. More information on RiskBand is available at www.RiskBand.com.
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