# IoT Connectivity
MetAlert, Inc. Selects Pod Group’s ENO ONE eSIM Solution to Connect “SmartSole” Healthcare Application
Mission-critical GPS SmartSole™ allows users to track the whereabouts of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Autism
Cambridge, UK, October 26th 2022 – Pod Group, a Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) company and the World’s First Enterprise Network Operator (ENO), today announced that MetAlert, Inc. (OTC: MLRT), a pioneer in smart, mobile, and wearable GPS tracking solutions, selected Pod Group’s ENO ONE IoT connectivity based on eSIM to connect its award-winning 2-way GPS tracking device that is integrated into the insole of a shoe, allowing discreet and unobtrusive tracking of Alzheimer’s and Autism sufferers.
The GPS SmartSole™, the world’s first invisible tracking and monitoring device, now available in more than 35 countries globally, can be inserted into the patient’s shoes to allow families and caregivers to monitor their location. It addresses a common symptom of these illnesses; the tendency for a patient to wander and get lost.
The GPS SmartSole uses cellular networks to send alerts to a mobile app or online portal, enabling the location of the wearer to be traced. Boundaries called “Geozones” can be set up to alert the caregiver via email or text alerts if the wearer strays beyond a safe zone. The innovative design of the SmartSole uses the floor as a reflector to strengthen GPS signals, circumventing the difficult conditions created by locating the device under the foot. This has led to it being used in U.S. nursing homes, by the British NHS, and other national care agencies across Europe, and it is supported by local Alzheimer Associations and multiple Police, Search & Rescue organizations.
Pod Group’s ENO ONE eSIM solution includes an embedded chip inserted into the device to grant maximum hardware robustness. It offers global coverage over different technologies, such as 4G/LTE, CAT-M, and LTE-M, allowing MetAlert, Inc. to tap into the low-power cellular options to increase battery life. The eSIM’s ability to roam across multiple networks grants the device the broadest available cellular coverage. In addition, the ability to swap networks Over The Air (OTA) via a centralized platform, means that the optimum connectivity option can be updated remotely, without the need to access the device.
Simple global deployment is crucial for a company such as MetAlert, which ships its devices across the world. With the ENO ONE global network covering 185 countries, MetAlert no longer has to worry about dealing with different providers in different geographies; instead, connectivity is managed via one pane of glass and one contract.
Every ENO eSIM comes pre-configured with a bootstrap profile, meaning MetAlert no longer has to manually configure each device for a different destination. The eSIM is also provided on a neutral Remote SIM Provisioning (RSP) platform. MetAlert owns the eSIM and is not locked into one vendor. On-SIM applets like Zero-Touch Provisioning mean that upon booting up, the device automatically connects to the nearest network and downloads a dedicated local profile.
“Pod is proud to play a crucial role in contributing to improving the quality of life and safety of people around the world” says Pod Group’s Director for Strategic Partnership Development, Alessio Piussi. “This is a clear example of how ENO ONE can help reduce the complexity of rolling out global, mission-critical IoT applications, providing cost-effective, reliable, and future-proofed connectivity.”
“A reliable, global network service is extremely important for our customers where sometimes people’s lives might be on the line. We are excited to team up with Pod Group to provide this service with our products” says Andrew Duncan, Director at MetAlert Inc. “We look forward to expanding our relationship as we roll out our wellness and lifesaving products across the world.”
About Pod Group
Pod Group is a specialist in IoT SIM cards and advanced connectivity solutions for enterprise IoT applications, bringing over 20 years’ experience and innovation to the telecommunications market. An Enterprise Network Operator (ENO), Pod goes beyond traditional connectivity service providers to offer unique, customized solutions designed to give enterprises of all sizes ownership and control of their IoT connectivity, from the SIM card right up to a complete private network. With offices worldwide and access to 600+ networks in 185 countries, Pod’s global team supports enterprises across a broad range of sectors as they take ownership of their IoT connectivity. For more information on Pod’s IoT connectivity solutions, please visit: https://www.podgroup.com
Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) is a global security technology group headquartered in Munich. As a partner to organizations with the highest demands, G+D engineers trust and secure essential values with its solutions. The company’s innovative technology protects physical and digital payments, the connectivity of people and machines, the identity of people and objects, as well as digital infrastructures and confidential data.
G+D was founded in 1852. In the fiscal year 2020, the company generated a turnover of 2.31 billion euros with around 11,500 employees. G+D is represented by 74 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries. Further information: www.gi-de.com
MetAlert (OTC: MLRT) is a pioneer in smart, mobile, and wearable tracking and recovery location-based solutions, supported through a proprietary IoT enterprise monitoring platform and intellectual property portfolio. The Company offers a global end-to-end solution of hardware, software and connectivity and develops two-way GPS tracking technologies, which seamlessly integrate with consumer products and enterprise applications. Utilizing the latest in miniaturized, low-power consumption GPS, Cellular, RF, NFC and BLE technology, enabling subscribers to track in real time the whereabouts of people or high value assets.
Known for its game-changing and award-winning patented GPS SmartSole® — think Dr. Scholl’s meets LoJack, the world’s first invisible wearable technology tracking device created for those at risk of wandering due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, and traumatic brain injury. MetAlert’s business model is built around technology innovation and holds dozens of patents, with many issued patents in the area of GPS tracking. The company has international distributors servicing customers across the globe with subscribers in over 40 countries and is a U.S. Military Government contractor. Other customers include public health authorities and municipalities, emergency and law enforcement, private schools, assisted living facilities, NGOs, small business enterprises, senior care homes, and consumers. For more information please visit: MetAlert.com, Trackmyworkforce, and GPS SmartSole.com
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