Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:40

Huawei offers extra safety and security with Huawei Watch 2 and mCareWatch


Huawei is leveraging its 4G SIM-enabled wearable Watch 2 and, with Aussie software company mCareWatch’s help, has produced a “healthcare solution that offers safety and security to the elderly and disabled, and peace of mind to their carers".

mCareWatch specialises in healthcare solutions. Founded by two brothers from Sydney, the company uses the latest technology to “create platforms and applications and provide solutions for caring, well-being and independent living".

Given that other smartwatches will clearly go 4G in the future, too, mCareWatch has taken advantage of Huawei’s first-mover status (as covered here in iTWire) and the “array of measurement tools built into the Huawei Watch 2” to enable it to “extrapolate information to support safety, health and fitness. That includes thorough detailed bio-measures that can aid with the management of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease".

The 4G connectivity in Huawei’s Watch 2 allows mCareWatch to “offer next level functionality including – GPS tracking, geo-fencing, one-touch SOS alerts, on-demand auto-calling/check in prompts, customised medication reminders and non-movement alerts”, and when connected to suitable Bluetooth peripheral devices, can also measure blood pressure and weight.

Peter Apostolopoulos, mCareWatch managing director, said: “The Huawei Watch 2 is a quality product that addresses the need for 4G connectivity in a water-resistant watch that our clients can wear in the shower. In Huawei we have found a superior hardware product that complements and enhances our software, user and connectivity requirements.”

Eric Zhai, managing director of the Huawei Consumer Business Group Australia, said: “Huawei’s goal as a business is to make life better through a better connected world. This partnership with mCareWatch is a perfect example of that ambition.

“It’s a partnership that takes Huawei leadership in bringing the first connected 4G sim-enabled watch to Australia, and uses that technological advancement to improve the lives of the elderly, the disabled and those that care for them”.

We are told that the mCareWatch App delivers the Huawei Watch 2 the following additional capabilities:

  • SOS Button dials pre-set contact number or 24-hour emergency monitoring service. Multiple family members, friends and carers can also receive an SMS and email alert when wearer activates the SOS button;
  • Location Tracker works indoors, outdoors and overseas using GPS, GSM (mobile towers) and Wi-Fi, providing a map position of the wearer;
  • Provides unlimited customised medication and appointment reminders;
  • Sets up defined safe area (‘geo-fence’) and family, carers receive SMS and email alerts when the watch leaves safe zone;
  • Call pre-set numbers automatically via screen photos of family members or friends, by simply pressing on photo;
  • Family and friends can receive an SMS or email alert and call when non-movement by the wearer has been detected;
  • Wellness and Quality of Life feature will enable the watch to automatically check-in on the wearer by asking a series of questions to ensure the wearer’s safe and well;
  • Silent SOS alert can be triggered for people that need to be discreet when activating an SOS emergency (domestic violence and lone workers);
  • Captures the wearer’s heart rate during an SOS emergency situation which can then be shared with paramedics or family;
  • Monitor the wearer’s activity via the pedometer, setting daily and weekly activity goals for the wearer;
  • Links to the “ConnectiveCARE” platform and mCareWatch family and carer’s app enabling monitoring, reporting & locating the watch on laptop/computer/tablet; and
  • Connects via Bluetooth with separate Bluetooth biometric devices to measure blood pressure and weight. Biometric vital signs can be collected and shared with wearer’s physician and family members.

The Huawei Watch 2 can be purchased ready-connected to the mCareWatch caring and well-being platform directly from the mCareWatch website, with prices starting “at $699 for outright purchase of the watch and 12 months’ access to the mCareWatch app".

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