Another year, another CES, brimming with start-ups and household names alike, looking to become the next big tech trend. But who will come out victorious? In the third of a six-part series, we give our verdict on the most awe-inspiring hopefuls of the New Year in the Safety & Security category.
CES in Las Vegas is a haven of game-changing companies and products – not least in the safety & security sector. Throughout 2015 we saw hundreds of headlines that both highlighted vulnerabilities and emphasised the need for viable solutions – from cyber security to child safety.
From over 500 impressive companies exhibiting at CES from 6-8 January, we have identified a list of 10 to keep an eye on in 2016, as they look to revolutionise the safety & security industry as we know it.
- EXAGON Ltd (UK): A really exciting and innovative London-based company that is officially launching its new proximity tracking brand – Group-Muv! – at CES in January. With the safety of groups of vulnerable individuals at its heart, Group-Muv! provides a fresh solution for organisations with a duty of care to their customers. With its headquarters in New Cross Gate, Exagon is looking to shake up the personal safety & security industry in 2016 – and we’ll be keeping an eye on its progress at CES and beyond. In the elderly and disabled, Exagon Ltd have identified a key demographic for wearable devices and safety technology, with the demand for transparent care greater than ever before.
- Vivint (USA): Vivint is a leading provider of smart home technology. They are redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, with currently more than one million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. One of their three specialist products is the doorbell camera, offering total front door control and safety for the family, because “life happens at your front door”. With plenty of happy customers, Vivint has a wealth of positive case studies that emphasise the revolutionary qualities their products offer – we’re excited to see what other products the company adds to its stable in 2016.
- Domotz (UK): The affordable home monitoring platform (and it’s British!) This innovation lets you connect to and interact with any device in a home or business via an app, automatically detecting anything on your network – from personal computers to smart light bulbs. Through the system you can monitor, troubleshoot and access your home network and electronics from anywhere, with one click. It’s a competitive market, but London-based Domotz genuinely wants to help everyday homes and small businesses, at a very affordable cost. Less wasting time trying to be an IT expert and more time actually enjoying the devices and technology designed to make your life easier and entertaining.
- CyberVista (USA): A cyber security training and workforce development company – we feel the sector has been crying out for something like this for a while. The rapidly-growing Virginia-based company is dedicated to cyber security training & education, with a self-proclaimed mission to eliminate the skills gap by producing job-ready professionals. This has the potential to be huge, with cyber security and the vulnerability of companies & the public such a prominent topic in the news recently. 2015 saw a number of high profile security breaches, including the Ashley Maddison breach and Morgan Stanley firing a wealth advisor. Businesses across the UK need access to skilled professionals to prevent against these attacks in the future and CyberVista is certainly doing its part to help.
- Yip Yap (USA): Austin-based company, Yip Yap, has created Pipsqueak, the world’s first Bluetooth phone for kids. Pipsqueak allows young children to embrace mobile technology safely, while parents decide who their child can connect with via the free smartphone app. But it’s much more than just a phone – kids can also listen to music, play games, watch videos and fully customise Pipsqueak. With the first 1,000 devices currently in production and child safety a prominent topic in the news, this is sure to be a must-have gadget for parents & kids in 2016.
- Inside Secure (FR): Another internet security company worthy of a mention. Inside Secure is a leader in embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, existing to protect transactions, content and communications to meet the security needs of organisations all over the world. It provides solutions for key security markets including payment and mobile banking, content protection & entertainment, enterprise & secure access, secure IoT and brand protection. A recent survey by Research Now revealed over 17% more consumers will take the mobile payments leap and use smartphones for in-store purchases this holiday season. In-Store mobile payments are growing more popular all the time, but security concerns remain the main preventer of mass adoption – Inside Secure are seeking to bring peace of mind to consumers and will be one to watch in 2016.
- Silent Beacon (USA): In short, a personal emergency alert system. The wearable and waterproof Bluetooth device connects wirelessly to your phone, allowing you to instantly alert a range of what it calls “emergency contacts” – from family to 911 – when required. By pairing the device with the free app, the user can alert, track (via GPS) and notify emergency contacts through text messages, push notifications, emails and calls. This is ideal in a situation where you can’t access your phone – instead, a single push of a button is all that’s required to raise an SOS alert. The app even provides directions to the real-time location of the person in distress.
- ArmourCard (AU): Based in Sydney, Australia, ArmourCard bills itself as “the ONLY active jammer on the market designed to protect your credit cards and mobile phones from electronic pick-pocketing.” It’s an exciting time for the company, which will be officially launching its product to the US market at CES. At this time of year identity theft is rife, as reflected in the many stories in the build up to Christmas, and we’re excited to learn more about the solution that uses Radio-Frequency Identification to protect the user’s data from being skimmed. The company’s patent pending ACTIVE RFID & NFC protection technology is far superior to the passive blocking and shielding wallets and sleeves on the market today, making it a must-watch in the coming year.
- iBaby (USA): These award winning baby monitors are revolutionising the family care and wellness industry by bringing comfort and convenience to “on-the-go” parents. iBaby Labs introduced the first cloud-based baby monitor in 2011, enabling parents to watch, hear and speak to their baby using any internet connected iOS mobile device from anywhere at any time. iBaby Labs has demonstrated its potential to become a tenacious global leader and innovator in family care and wellness solutions.
- Halo Smart Labs (USA): Halo is the world’s safest, smartest smoke alarm. It uses dedicated sensor technology to quickly detect all types of fires and carbon monoxide, all in one device. Smart sensors distinguish a false alarm from a real fire, while the weather radio in Halo+ alerts the user of imminent weather threats. If it senses a problem, a voice alert will instantly tell the user what’s wrong. The ring of light illuminates — red for fire, amber for carbon monoxide — and it will send an alert to your phone. And the battery lasts 10 years!
Enjoyed this post? Read more of our series on CES 2016 companies to watch:
- PART 1: Top 10 Robotics Companies to Watch at CES 2016
- PART 2: Top 10 Fitness & Sports Tech Companies to Watch at CES 2016
- PART 4: Top 10 Wearable Tech Companies to Watch at CES 2016
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