Vodafone Group is launching the first wearable products in its “V by Vodafone” Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) range – “V-SOS Band by Vodafone”, an emergency alert wrist band designed by Vodafone; and the “V-Kids Watch by Vodafone” smartwatch.
The “V by Vodafone” Consumer IoT range was launched in November 2017 to offer consumers a range of internet-connected devices to use while on the move and at home.
“V-SOS Band by Vodafone” enables consumers with mobility issues to continue living independently and get assistance in an emergency situation, when the in-built “V-Sim by Vodafone” will send a message to up to four designated contacts, such as family members. The features of the device include: SOS alert, care co-ordination, fall detection, user location, water resistant and battery alerts.
“V-SOS Band by Vodafone” has a 2.4 x 3.8 cm lens and fits a wrist 14-17 cm in circumference. It was designed by Vodafone’s award-winning Design Studio and R&D laboratory in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“V-Kids Watch by Vodafone” is a smartwatch for children that is connected over Vodafone’s mobile network, enabling parents to stay in contact with their child when they start to give them more independence.
Its features include: Location monitoring, safe zones, SOS alert, messaging, reminder, content and school time.
The 450 mAh battery will last for up to three days depending on usage. The 4.4 cm x 2.0 cm “V-Kids Watch by Vodafone” fits a wrist 13.5 cm-19.5 cm in circumference.
Activating “V by Vodafone” services is very straightforward, with the customer simply logging into the “V by Vodafone” app on a smartphone then scanning a QR code on the product packaging. Connected devices are then automatically detected and added to the network.
To use the “V-SOS Band by Vodafone” and “V-Kids Watch by Vodafone”, customers will pay a one-off cost for each device plus an affordable fixed-rate monthly subscription fee. For existing Vodafone mobile customers, the monthly subscription will be automatically added to their Vodafone bill.
The “V-SOS Band by Vodafone” will be available for purchase in Vodafone stores in selected markets, online at v.vodafone.com as well as in independent stores.
Serpil Timuray, Vodafone Group Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer said, “Our growing range of V by Vodafone products and services are enabling our customers to stay connected to everyone and everything that matters to them anytime and anywhere. The V-SOS Band by Vodafone and V-Kids Watch by Vodafone will enable consumers to enjoy greater independence while keeping them safe and secure by being in contact with their families when needed.”
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