Auckland based Jupl, which specialises in wearable devices for healthcare monitoring of people in their homes, has signed its first Australian partnership supply agreement with Frontier Networks, the exclusive supplier of communications services to several of the largest retirement living and aged care providers in Australia.
Frontier Networks’ cofounder and COO Paul Mula said Jupl had been chosen following an international search and review of mobile healthcare solution providers.
Jupl has developed an application that runs on the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, the first to have an embedded SIM. The Jupl application integrates with the Samsung watch and Cisco’s Jasper cloud service to provide 24/7 monitoring and support for the wearer.
Alan Brannigan, cofounder and CEO of Jupl, said the service was the result of thousands of hours of collaboration between Samsung, Cisco Jasper, Spark and Jupl. It followed a partnership announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2017.
“The solution was made possible, in large part, by the roaming capability of the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch, in conjunction with the embedded SIM solution provided by Spark, and managed using the Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity platform provided by Cisco Jasper,” Brannigan said.
Jupl made its first foray into the Australian market in October 2017, announcing that Australian aged care community operator the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) would trial its service.
However Jupl’s general manager in Australia Gui Feijo, — who was appointed in October 2016 — said Jupl had been running multiple product trials and case studies throughout Australia in the past year, gaining experience and traction in the aged care and lone worker environments.
He said the partnership with Frontier Networks was the first of several expected to come to fruition in the next few months.
The contract between Jupl and Frontier Networks was finalised at the inaugural Samsung Healthcare Summit held in Sydney late in 2017.