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Arkessa and Intel help UK start-up keep children safe

Steve Rogerson
November 18, 2015
 
A wearable child locator device will launch next month enabling parents safely to give their children some of the freedom they crave. The Child Angel uses M2M and embedded processor technology from UK-based Arkessa and Intel to deliver highly accurate location readings securely to the parents’ smartphones maintaining parental peace of mind in the process.
 
Child Angel is said to be one of the smallest and most advanced child locator devices available. Safe and reliable location monitoring is provided by combining GPS, Wifi hotspot triangulation and M2M cellular technologies. The partnership with Arkessa provides Child Angel with a secure and reliable means of connecting devices to their cloud services over cellular M2M networks.
 
“Working with Intel and Arkessa has accelerated our development and go-to-market plans,” said Andrew Purcell, founder of UK start-up Child Angel. “Both partners have been vital in creating a product strategy and roll-out plan with global scale. This adds to the value-proposition of Child Angel in a very significant way.”
 
As well as using Arkessa’s platforms, Child Angel selected the Arkessa Connect M2M roaming product for its increased global coverage and first-time connect reliability.
 
“Arkessa is very excited to have been selected alongside Intel to complete Child Angel's compelling solution,” said Andrew Orrock, Arkessa CEO. “It is certainly an innovative new product that represents a powerful example of how IoT technology can have a positive impact on society; in this case not only improving safety but also giving parents piece of mind. The team at Child Angel have great vision and we have enjoyed working with them to provide an optimised technical solution with secure, resilient global connectivity which also preserves battery life."
 
Rod O’Shea, director of IoT for Intel EMEA, added: “Emerging technologies like Child Angel help showcase the amazing potential for the internet of things, and it is great to be working with Arkessa, one of our Intel IoT Solutions Alliance members, on a product such as this that aims to bring peace of mind to parents and carers. The Intel Quark technology that powers the Child Angel was designed to enable this kind of smart, connected and low-power usage that IoT designs demand.”