Hong Kong, 17 November 2022 – SG Wireless Limited, the full-stack IoT subsidiary of global EMS provider Season Group, is proud to report that the wireless indoor alert system designed in collaboration with the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association (SCHSA) has been awarded the Certificate of Merit in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2022 under the Smart Living (Smart Home) category.
The Hong Kong ICT Awards has been recognizing exceptional inventions promoting the use of information and communications technology (ICT) since 2006. The Smart Home stream under the Smart Living category acknowledges ICT-based products that demonstrate the usage of technology yielding improvements in the home environment to promote better, safer, and healthier living.
The product – termed the Care-on-Call Wireless Personal Emergency Link (WPEL) – is a three-component system that is a revamp of the SCHSA’s landline-based solution. Comprising the Main Unit, BLE Panic Button, and BLE Range Extender, it runs entirely on wireless communication protocol to provide users with a guaranteed “always on” connection to the Care-on-Call Service, the professional 24/7 emergency assistance and integrated care service offered by the SCHSA. The Main Unit operates immediately when plugged into power, and users need to simply press a button on the Main Unit or BLE Panic Button wherever they are indoors to instantly connect. The BLE Range Extender ensures coverage is propagated across floors of multi-story houses, or around tight corners in smaller apartments.
The complete system, from conceptualization of hardware design and process development to mass production, was completed in only nine months, a noteworthy feat achieved with SG Wireless’ full-stack IoT solution and Season Group’s extensive manufacturing experience. The former provided a ready-to-use reference platform of standard components required by the majority of IoT systems, which laid a strong development foundation to expedite proof-of-concept in less than 90 days. The latter has been providing extensive vertically-integrated services for almost 50 years.
CEO of Season Group and SG Wireless Carl Hung stated, “The work of the SCHSA is exactly what Season Group stands for. Everyone on the team, from our design engineers to assembly workers, pitched in to ensure that a product that would enhance the security and care of those who live alone such as our elderly community could be made available to the market as soon as possible, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is motivating to have our efforts recognized. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the SCHSA and we are proud to be their partner.”
“Technology, innovation, and people-centric service are at the core of what we do. Since its launch in May 2022, our Care-on-Call Wireless Personal Emergency Link has been met with extremely encouraging receptivity and demand in the Hong Kong market. We are proud that our Association can continue its mission to promote a high quality of life for those who choose to age in place through our continuous effort to innovate – both in our services and our products,” Senior Citizen Home Safety Association said.