August International is a UK-based international company that leads the research, development and supply of consumer electronic products with the latest technology and advanced features. The company has been committed to researching new telehealth technology which can be applied to remote patient monitoring and developed a series of mobile IoT smart wearable devices that can be used to monitor vital signs of people in a remote location.
It’s latest product is the E2 Vital Sign Smart Watch, branded as “Audar Watch” for the retail market. A health-focused smartwatch, that comes with built-in internet connectivity provided with the integrated 1NCE Industrial eSIM, supporting internet use and data transmission over the entire lifetime of the device via Low Power NB-IoT and LTE-M cellular technologies.
The first commercial model carries the most advanced vital sign sensors for accurate measurements of heart rate, blood oxygen, body temperature, and blood pressure trends.
Unlike other smartwatches on the market, the E2 comes with built-in cellular connectivity without the need to communicate via a separate smartphone nearby or leaving the search for a suitable provider to the customer. While it can communicate via bluetooth and a smartphone as backup, the device is actually designed to communicate fully autonomously consuming only very little energy which allows for long battery runtimes. That calls for a broadly available low-power integrated communication technology.
The 1NCE IoT Flat Rate can meet all of these challenges. For a small one-off payment, it delivers 10 years of connectivity over all available bearer technologies. In this case, LTE-M or NB-IoT is used which is already available in more than 30 countries worldwide including UK, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the US. In addition, the simple cost structure allows hardware developers to calculate very easily the costs for connectivity into the final product. Allowing business cases to scale right from the start.
“1NCE gives us exactly the freedom that our customers demand from us: A smartwatch ready to use without the hassle of where to get an online connection and what it would cost me extra.”
Dr Keming Zhou, Managing Director, August International