Tata Communications enables Omate x Nanoblock smartwatch with its IoT SIM
Tata Communications and wearables maker Omate are working together to equip the new Omate x Nanoblock children’s smartwatch with instant, secure, global connectivity straight out of the box. With a Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect SIM built in, the Omate x Nanoblock will pave the way towards a new frontier of digital parenting.
Smartwatches such as the Omate x Nanoblock help parents stay connected with their children and know exactly where they are when needed, thus providing invaluable peace of mind. This peace of mind is now reinforced in the Omate x Nanoblock because Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect carries all location, messaging and video calling data over an end-to-end encrypted virtual private network (VPN), ensuring maximum security.
“Given the growing threat of cybercrime, any device or application aimed at children must be safeguarded with the highest levels of security,” said Laurent Le Pen, Founder & CEO, Omate. “What sets the Omate x Nanoblock apart from other children’s smartwatches is the extra security layer provided by the global private network of Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect. It means that parents can keep track of and be in touch with their kids in real time, but no data on the network can be intercepted by unscrupulous individuals.”
Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect harnesses Tata Communications’ relationships with more than 600 mobile network operators (MNO) around the world to bring the Omate x Nanoblock reliable, high-quality network connectivity anywhere in the world. These relationships also help accelerate Omate’s international expansion outside its home market in China, allowing the company to sell the smartwatch to retailers and other partners as a “wearable-as-a-service”, eliminating the need for separate data connectivity agreements with different local MNOs in each country.
“The immense transformational potential of the Internet of Things hasn’t been unlocked yet because the mobile networks which these applications depend on are inherently local," said Anthony Bartolo, Chief Product Officer, Tata Communications. “Yet, businesses like Omate that want to reach customers worldwide, need truly global, borderless connectivity to power their IoT devices and applications. They can’t be constrained by local MNOs’ roaming policies. Through our partnerships and the ubiquitous network of Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect, businesses are able to capture, move and manage information on a global scale, and give people the always-connected digital experiences they crave.”
The API-enabled, automated Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect platform is fully integrated with Omate’s business processes, giving the company real-time visibility over customers’ data usage patterns, and control over tariffs and billing. This means that when a new customer switches on the smartwatch for the first time, it is instantly connected.The software-defined capabilities of Tata Communications MOVE – IoT Connect also make it easy for Omate to customize features and content with children’s needs in mind.