MediaCityUK start up launches GPS safety device at CES2014

KMS Solutions at MediaCityUK is exhibiting a prototype of a new wearable safety device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The company developed the wristband, which uses GSM cellular and assisted GPS technology, for children and vulnerable adults.

Parents, guardians or carers can use a web app or internet enabled device to track the wearer, but it also allows them to set predefined travel routes and out of bound areas.

“I was keen to develop the concept of a numberless phone for vulnerable people and, as a father of two, realised the benefits of the product to parents and carers of young children,” explained Chris Etchells, a director at KMS.

“With wireless charging and VCode identity scanning for emergency contact information, the discreet wristband not only allows effective communication but also acts as a tracking device. It has considerable benefits, from helping to ensure safety on the school run to enabling a vulnerable adult to feel secure.”

The prototype will be showcased within the “Mommy Tech” section of CES2014.

Etchells set up the company with Louis-James Davis in 2012 and the pair worked alongside the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester to develop the product.

Last year they moved to The Landing and appointed John Hearns to oversee operations and Emmet Memery as a strategic advisor.

The launch of the wristband also showcases a further Landing tenant, VST Enterprises – also founded by Davis. The VCode allows for one-click digital and monetary transactions via a 2D barcode. Its use on the wristband means that you have single click access to emergency contacts or medical information.

“KMS is a real exemplar when it comes to innovation. It’s great to see the team’s collaboration with the University of Manchester and their commitment to using emerging technology to develop a market first in digital health,” added Ann Darby, director of strategic partnerships at The Landing.

“We have worked closely with the team to ensure they benefit from a highly connected business environment to help them access the support and expertise required to take their product to market. We wish them every success at the global summit in Vegas.”

KMS hope to take the wristband to market later in the year.


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