Design win; safety-bracelet wearables maker embeds u-blox comms/GPS tech

July 25, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Whereable Technologies (Charleston, South Carolina, USA) has designed RiskBand, which it presents as the first personal security wearable not tied to a phone; the “global safety bracelet” includes Swiss IC and module maker u-blox’ SARA-U201 cellular function block.

RiskBand, which launches 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 and is a live-monitored personal safety device that doesn’t require connection to a cell phone. It will use u-blox’s 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.

 

Measuring 16 x 26 x 3 mm, the 96-pin SARA-U201 is the smallest cellular module available, according to u-blox, supporting both 2G and 3G connectivity and 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.

RiskBand is available at http://www.RiskBand.com with a two-year subscription.

 

U-blox; www.u-blox.com