Mason Unveils World’s First Customizable Smartwatch Form Factor for Enterprise-class Connected Smart Devices
Democratized Access to Expensive Hardware and Software IP Provides New Opportunity for Startups and Enterprises to Launch Next Generation of Connected Devices for Healthcare, Hospitality, Fitness, Workplace and Public Safety and Government Use Cases
SEATTLE – October 4, 2021 – Mason, innovator of the only fully managed infrastructure for developing and delivering dedicated smart devices, today announced the market’s first smartwatch designed for the enterprise that can be customized for dedicated use cases including patient monitoring, hospitality, fitness or employee safety. Unlike traditional smart devices developed for consumers, the Mason A4100 smartwatch provides a blank slate for innovators to build enterprise-class smart device products for dedicated use cases, without limits to feature and software customizations. Entrepreneurs, startups and large enterprises can leverage the Mason A4100 smartwatch form factor to quickly bring to market the industry’s first wrist-worn smart devices optimized for the enterprise and customized for a wide variety of use cases, without large upfront capital expenditures. Mason’s curated supply chain accelerates time-to-market and provides a high level of reliability and security. The Mason A4100 smartwatch will be available in Q4 2021 for purchase or for lease for $0 up front.
Organizations face significant barriers to entry when bringing new dedicated devices to market – including designing and developing an application’s OS and procuring the proper enterprise-grade hardware. They also face challenges with establishing distribution channels, device fleet management programs and service delivery, including logistics and connectivity as well as processes and tools for hardware and software updates across the product lifecycle. The Mason Smart Device Platform removes these barriers by offloading hardware investment risks and logistics, including inventory procurement, warehousing and supply chain management.
“We designed the Mason A4100 smartwatch to be the first device to leverage hardware as building blocks—meaning customers have complete flexibility to build and customize the device to fit their exact specifications, regardless of their use case or industry-specific needs,” said Jim Xiao, founder and president of Mason. “By leveraging Mason’s hardware and infrastructure, innovators can go from idea to product launch in a few months—instead of years.”
Mason A4100 Smartwatch Unlocks Wide Range of New Smart Device Use Cases with Advanced Features and Built-in Sensors
The Mason A4100 Smart Device Platform gives innovators a flexible path for procuring and designing enterprise-grade smart devices as envisioned without the need to develop hardware from scratch, contract with a manufacturer or spec out a custom system.
The A4100 smartwatch is the newest form factor that builds on the Mason Smart Device Platform. Entrepreneurs, startups and large enterprises can use the Mason A4100 to build a single device for development purposes and scale up to hundreds or thousands of devices as needed. This eliminates minimum order requirements from ODMs (original device manufacturers) that can place a significant financial burden on companies looking to launch new dedicated devices.
Features including significant battery capacity with double the battery life from a single charge compared to other smartwatches on the market, as well as a removable strap, make the Mason A4100 an ideal device for a variety of non-wearable use cases such as wall mounted thermostats, motion detector alarms and location tracking for pets or children.
The Mason A4100 smartwatch also offers GPS capabilities, advanced algorithms and numerous built-in biometric sensors such as electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmogram, temperature sensors, accelerometer and gyroscopes. These sensors can deliver insights for healthcare and fitness applications and support a variety of use cases including:
- Fall detection for senior care
- Heart rate, heart rate variation, abnormal heart rate conditions, respiratory rate and blood oximetry detection
- Wellness metrics including stress and energy expenditure at active and resting modes
- Location tracking
- Episodes of acute psychological stress
- User identification by comparing a person’s ECG signal profile against the person’s own ECG signal collected at an earlier time
“Health and care delivery evolution is accelerating. The need for wellbeing, precision medicine, virtual care and remote patient monitoring will drive innovation in hardware devices to complement exponential growth in applications,” said Rohan Kulkarni, Vice President Healthcare Research at HFS Research. “Rapid cycles from need recognition to functional delivery is critical and those that can deliver chassis to services to product will play a defining role.”
Mason Smart Device Platform and Customizable OS Simplifies and Speeds Development of Custom, Dedicated Devices
The Mason platform unlocks the potential for innovative and game-changing solutions in industry verticals ranging from healthcare to retail to transportation. The A4100 smartwatch complements Mason’s existing line of smart devices and can help expand an organization’s smart device ecosystem. For example, a remote patient monitoring company can build tailored applications that access biometric data from built-in smartwatch sensors for 24/7 patient care monitoring. They can also communicate this information via bluetooth to other medical smart devices, such as Mason tablets, for cohesive patient monitoring and care.
Mason’s fully customizable OS ensures easy device setup; unprecedented API, feature and security controls; and the ability to adapt or integrate Mason to existing tooling and workflows. It gives users the ability to customize everything from the application’s software to how the fleet of smart devices is remotely managed. With the Mason Smart Device Platform, product owners can effortlessly add, remove or lock down device capabilities to build products as envisioned.
“Our mission at Mason is to usher in an era of democratized IoT innovation and enable entrepreneurs to bring new, innovative ideas to market by removing the looming barriers to entry,” continued Xiao. “By abstracting away the complexity and specialized capabilities required to develop and deploy dedicated smart devices, we aim to empower innovators to unleash unfettered creativity and create transformative solutions for the betterment of human experiences and the benefit of humanity.”
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Mason is the fastest way to take smart devices from idea to end user. Whether building a single-use device from scratch or scaling a line of smart products, with Mason it’s 20x faster and 10x less costly to build, deploy and scale. Digital transformation is a modern requirement but operating a hardware-dependent initiative is hard – thousands of hours and millions of dollars are at stake. The Mason Smart Device Platform is the only fully managed infrastructure for developing and delivering dedicated devices. It offers flexible usage-based pricing for fleets of devices and manages the underlying complexity of all associated backend services, making software delivery on a smart product line—whether it’s a tablet, wearable or new form factor—as simple as delivering software in the cloud. This frees innovators to focus on what matters: application development, feature specification and UX. Granular access to add, remove or lock down capabilities makes it possible for highly customized products to be built as envisioned. Mason offloads hardware investment risks and logistics, including inventory procurement, warehousing and supply chain management. With options like zero-touch provisioning, devices work perfectly out of the box without end user intervention. Remote fleet management, troubleshooting and automated software updates by Mason ensure security and positive end user experiences. Organizations of all sizes rely on Mason to bring innovations and hundreds of use cases to market without reinventing the wheel. Smarter from start to finish with Mason.™
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