Jupl takes its aged care monitoring smart watch to Australia

Partners with aged care community operator Illawarra Retirement Trust

Jupl cofounder and director Sir Ray Avery

Jupl cofounder and director Sir Ray Avery

Auckland based Jupl, which specialises in wearable devices for healthcare monitoring of people in their homes, has partnered with Australian aged care community operator the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) to bring its latest product, based on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smart watch, into Australia.

Central to the trial is Jupl’s application running on the watch. The Gear S3 is the first smart watch to ship with an embedded SIM. The Jupl application integrates with the Samsung watch and Cisco’s Jasper cloud service to deliver wearable healthcare technology that provides 24/7 monitoring and support for the wearer.

This service was developed through collaboration between Jupl, Spark NZ, Samsung and Cisco Jasper.

Jupl co-founder and CEO Alan Brannigan, said the service had been made possible, in large part, by the roaming capability embedded in the M2M SIM provided by Spark, and managed with the IoT connectivity platform provided by Cisco Jasper.

Jupl’s general manager in Australia, Gui Feijo, said: “We integrated the Samsung smart watch into our health and safety platform to provide a fully mobile solution for aged care providers such as IRT.

“The service will enable IRT to connect residents, who may be in an emergency situation, to IRT’s central monitoring facility at the press of a button. It also sends the wearer’s location, as well as critical health data, to IRT and/or family members through the combination of the Jupl app and web portal.”

Cisco Jasper and Jupl announced their collaboration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Jupl launched the product in New Zealand in early September with Brannigan saying it would offers “services such as critical reminders, location tracking and assistance if required so that third parties such as family and friends, care managers or employers can respond if the wearer is in distress.”

Later in the month it said the service was being trialled by voluntary participants in New Zealand to ascertain its suitability for day-to-day use with early stage dementia patients. Jupl said the results had been extremely positive.

“A recent case study has proven that technology can and will provide people with early onset dementia the ability to live more independently and allow their loved ones the comfort of knowing where they are throughout the day and if they become distressed at any time.”


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