ZTE Teams Up with Qualcomm Technologies and Wearsafe to Bring Innovative IoT Devices to Market
Development centered around personal security tracking solutions for an unpredictable world
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 9, 2017 – ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S., * announced, alongside Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Wearsafe, work to bring ZTE’s best-in-class hardware, Wearsafe’s personal security software platform, and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 1100 platform together for innovative personal security tracking solutions. The integrated solution will be a discrete wearable device that is designed to connect the consumer to third parties such as first responders, monitoring companies and family almost instantly through a push of a button, providing increased peace-of-mind in unpredictable situations.
“The work between ZTE, Qualcomm Technologies and Wearsafe will create the next generation of personal safety solutions through a small wearable device,” said 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.”
The relationship will grant ZTE the ability to integrate Wearsafe’s mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) software into mobile devices, using the Snapdragon Wear 1100 platform which is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments where consumers are demanding a simple, security-rich, scalable and superior connected experience. This platform excels in meeting these requirements with low power features such as Power Save Mode (PSM), 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,” said 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. We are looking forward to bringing a product to operators in the U.S. and globally over time.”
“Our partnership with ZTE is another important step in our journey to expand our mobile IoT security platform and provide personal safety to even more global users,” said David Benoit, CEO and Co-founder of Wearsafe Labs. “By combining ZTE’s best-in-class wireless hardware with Wearsafe’s leading software platform, we are now able to provide an unsurpassed end-to-end personal safety solution to our wireless carrier customers and their subscribers. This partnership continues our disruption of the personal safety category by truly offering ‘safety without limits.”
Wearsafe provides users with a cloud-based personal safety service that moves beyond creating a device that sounds an alarm or sends location information to a concerned third party. Wearsafe is a software platform that 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.
About ZTE USA
ZTE USA, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems, and enterprise solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. ZTE is ranked by independent industry analysts as the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the U.S. overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices.
For more information, please visit www.zteusa.com.
Founded in 2014, Wearsafe develops personal safety software for mobile IoT devices. Recently recognized as a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner and an “IDC Innovator” by International Data Corporation (IDC), Wearsafe is the leading developer of wireless solutions that enable enterprise and consumer mobile customers a better way to connect, inform, and get help. Since its inception, Wearsafe has been dedicated to making the world a safer place by protecting individuals, wherever they may be.
For more information, visit https://wearsafe.com/