Group-Muv is a London based technology start-up, who have previous experience of analysing the behaviour of people within public environments. As a result, they identified the need to monitor the location of people when travelling in groups; whether that be a group of tourists in unfamiliar surroundings or a group of children on a school trip.
The objective was to develop a wearable device that could be used indoors and outdoors over a period of approximately 2-3 days. Technologies that enable location monitoring such as GPS, GPRS, GSM and Bluetooth are power hungry; requiring a physically large battery if they are to operate for any length of time.
“We are thrilled with the design service and on-going support we have received from ITERATE, their efforts have been exceptional” Emile Cauwenbergh, Managing Director at Group-Muv
Using a low powered communication network, known as Sigfox, ITERATE was able to develop a compact wrist worn device. The tracking technology is lightweight but also has the ability to operate up to 72 hours per charge. This is because Sigfox uses a small data transfer protocol to communicate its location.
Group-Muv was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, which received an overwhelming response from the technology community. Group-Muv is currently in the process of raising private finance in order to launch production in preparation for CES 2018.