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Anti-kidnap child protection in small, wearable devices

Apr 13, 2015

MyFamily Mobile select PodM2M multi network SIMs to locate and track family members

PodM2M, the expert in multi-network data SIMs for the M2M and IoT industries, has today announced that its Best Signal Multi Network SIM cards have been selected by MyFamily Mobile for their wearable children specific voice & data messaging and smart locator anti-kidnap devices.

MyFamily Mobile offers a range of voice & data messaging and mobile personal emergency response services for families via durable and simple to operate wearable devices, controlled from any mobile, tablet or PC.

MyFamily Mobile devices use a blend of GPS, GSM, RFID and WiFi to provide the most accurate location information, indoors and out. Safe zones, or geo-fences, can be defined to alert loved ones if the boundary is crossed. In the event of a kidnap or other emergency, devices are equipped with a panic button that triggers an automatic location beacon and, if necessary, an armed response team to help recover loved ones that are in danger.

For MyFamily Mobile, the highest priority is the safety and protection of their customers’ young family members in a dangerous world. With “mission critical” tracking, when a child’s safety is at stake, reliable connectivity is crucial. This is why MyFamily Mobile has selected PodM2M’s multi network SIM cards. These SIMs can connect to several networks in each country and will automatically swap networks if the signal is lost. This is essential for the type of situations in which MyFamily Mobile tracking devices are deployed, as the wearable device is much less likely to lose coverage as it roams, even in rural areas.

MyFamily Mobile is headquartered in the UK, with operations in Nigeria, and plans to extend its services to the SADC region by Q4 2015 covering South Africa, Botswana and Malawi.

Seyi Opanubi, Co-Founder and Director of Operations and R&D said, “PodM2M’s Best Signal Multi Network SIM cards are in all the MyFamily Mobile devices our subscribers use. The SIM cards are embedded in the devices so not seen, but form the backbone upon which MyFamily Mobile has built a reliable service for our mission critical applications, from smart messaging, safe zone, breadcrumb and speed alerts to SOS response and global roaming.”

MyFamily Mobile are developing their devices on a new server platform for use in the US and Europe. With PodM2M’s flat rate US and EU data and support from a team of IoT and M2M experts, Opanubi said, “PodM2M’s technical support is key to MyFamily Mobile and PodM2M has never let us down in this area. Our subscribers have never experienced a down time even when traveling abroad. We are very happy with the quick and proactive response to queries and issues and with our mission critical operations we find the 24 hour emergency support invaluable.”

Group MD of Pod Group Charles Towers-Clark said, “MyFamily Mobile have a really interesting application with the potential to reach a huge marketplace of parents throughout Europe and the US seeking the reassurance of knowing exactly where their children are and that they are safe, even when out of sight.”

Pod Group CEO Sam Colley added, “We are very pleased to be able to provide the reliable multi network mobile connectivity needed to ensure MyFamily Mobile can continue to provide an invaluable child protection service to families in Nigeria and worldwide.”

About PodM2M

As a division of Pod Group, we form part of an independent MVNO specializing in data connectivity solutions for the M2M and business travel sectors. At PodM2M, we specialize in multi-network and multi-IMSI data solutions, offering reliable coverage worldwide, flexible pricing plans and 24 hour support with our team of M2M experts. For more information please visit our M2M website www.podm2m.com

At Pod Group, we serve customers throughout Europe, the USA and across the globe from our headquarters in London and Buckingham, UK and our offices Spain (Seville) and the USA (San Francisco, CA). Our mission is to enable our customers to grow by optimizing the value of mobile data through global connectivity. We are obsessed with customer care. We listen.

For more information please visit our group website www.podgroup.com

About MyFamily Mobile

MyFamily Mobile offers a range of voice & data messaging, smart locator and mobile personal emergency response services to families across the globe. The services are designed amongst others to permit each family member to monitor each other or alert each other whenever danger is lurking around.

MyFamily Mobile is headquartered at Oxford, UK with presence in London and Lagos, Nigeria.

In-store demos are available for parents to test the capabilities of MyFamily Mobile devices in a safe environment. A tablet device is allocated to a parent and a tracking device is allocated to their child and the parent can relax and experience the functionality of MyFamily Mobile, whilst their child plays in one of the company’s themed play areas with a variety of activities available from e-readers and arts and crafts to fencing and tag rugby. www.focusonmyfamily-ng.com

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