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Samsung debuts wearable tech for health and safety #Wearables

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Via Internet of Business

Samsung has launched several B2B solutions at Mobile World Congress Americas targeting health and safety to protect people at work and at home.

Samsung has unveiled a range of applications that take advantage of its existing hardware, in partnership with lone worker tech company SoloProtect, senior living specialist Reemo, health and safety wearables firm Ability Wearables and virtual reality (VR) headset maker Virzoom.

Eric McCarty, Samsung’s vice president of B2B mobile product marketing, pointed out the importance of partners using Samsung hardware to develop industry-specific solutions that seek to protect employees in hazardous environments as well as vulnerable consumer groups.

“We’re seeing an incredible uptick in innovation through collaboration with our partners,” he said. “As a result, we are seeing more mobile solutions emerge that are tailored to meet specific business needs – such as senior care facilities or lone worker scenarios.”

Collaboration breeds innovation

In particular, Samsung and its partners unveiled three solutions that aim to improve the safety of workers and enhance senior care.

The SoloProtect system integrates with Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch. It can be used by individuals that work alone and make regular visits to new locations, such as estate agents, utility inspectors or healthcare workers.

For those in high-risk fields, SoloProtect provides monitoring and communication via an Emergency Dispatch Center (EDC). Status checks can be activated by a lone worker to provide their employers with GPS information, and they can initiate a ‘red alert’ to instantly contact the EDC for emergency assistance.

Safety and reliability are priorities for all employers, says SoloProtect CEO John Broady, “but historically, it has been difficult to manage safety for individual employees operating outside the traditional office setting.”

“By equipping workers with a high-quality Samsung smartwatch integrated with SoloProtect, we can help businesses increase the safety of those operating alone in the field, and provide them with the ability to concentrate on their task at hand with greater peace of mind.”

For Ability Wearables, the focus is the threat of fatigue. Many industries rely on employees working long shifts in physically demanding environments. In conjunction with Samsung Gear Fit2 and Gear S3, Ability Wearables track biometric and GPS data for real-time health intelligence. This can empower employers, help them reduce operational risk and keep employee fatigue to a minimum.

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