David Sperling, CTO
Nancy’s parents just found out from her teachers that their daughter left the school premises almost an hour ago and her mother panicked that she wasn’t home yet. After another 40 minutes, Nancy dashes in the door and begins sharing the adventures she and her friend just shared after school. All this time, Nancy’s parents agonized over her disappearance, unsure of where she might be, and even contemplated informing the police.
Anxious situations like this involving family and loved ones can easily be avoided. Smith Micro Software has designed an effective and innovative software solution—SafePath® Connected Life Platform—to keep concerned family members informed of the whereabouts of their loved ones. Offered via mobile network operators, this robust platform provides subscribers with an array of location, parental controls, and content filtering along with seamless access to consumer IoT devices and even in home network security. “Our SafePath software platform equips mobile operators and wireless service providers with a comprehensive, white-labeled mobile application solution to enhance their brand while providing strong value-added services for their customers,” explains David Sperling, Smith MicroCTO.
Introduced to simplify and enhance the digital lifestyles of mobile consumers, SafePath Connected Lifestyle is comprised of three core components: SafePath Family, SafePath IoT and SafePath Home. The first component—SafePath Family— includes family locator and parental controls services that equip users with the ability to monitor the whereabouts of the entire family, including children, the elderly and special needs family members. Userscan have the ability to set up safety zones and geofences that automatically notify parents or guardians when children or elderly relatives enter and leave these zones. SafePath Family also delivers strong parental controls that allow parents to set time limits on a child’s use of mobile devices, filter content to not allow inappropriate content to be seen, and specify age groups for using or downloading specific types of applications available. “It’s truly a comprehensive gamut of parental controls for both inside and outside the home,” says Sperling.
SafePath IoT, recognizes that family is more than just people, it’s every connected device that is part of the everyday family digital lifestyle. SafePath IoT, which easily integrates through standard APIs to provide access to an ever-growing ecosystem of connected devices, enables mobile and cable service providers to deliver a seamless connected life experience to their customers by bringing their connected devices together in one central hub. Now smartphones, child and elderly wearables, pet and vehicle trackers, and connected home security devices can sync together. This allows users to keep track of what is valuable to them.
“We are focusing on integrating to the home as a unit. Offering a single pane of glass, so to speak, for managing not only the safety of the family, but different aspects of the home, such as garage door openers, locks, outside lighting, trackers and more, facilitating a secure in-home and out-of-home experience.”
Smith Micro’s newest addition to the SafePath platform, SafePath Home, powered by Gryphon, allows mobile and cable service providers the ability to offer their customers a cloud managed router solution to maintain an entire family of connected devices, wherever they are and wherever they go, while also offering robust in-home network protection and security management. SafePath Home provides parental controls, remote app and screen time monitoring, complete network security, and much more through one easy-to use app.
Smith Micro has a rich legacy as a software company tracing back to its inception in 1982. Developing carrier-grade software solutions, Smith Micro has gained a competitive edge working together with hardware manufacturers onall software aspects of their solutions. As such, the secret sauce to Smith Micro’s success lies in its unique competence both in working with device ecosystems and architecting carrier-grade platforms to deliver software to millions of consumers around the world. “Our capabilities to work with the hardware OEMs and build carrier-grade solutions specifically for mobile operators is a unique skill that is rare in the market today,” said Sperling.
The combination of robust and established VAS solutions along with a strong history of delivering marketable solutions to mobile operators allows Smith Micro to offer a product that can be sold to customers by a brand they trust. Furthermore, Smith Micro’s expertise with OEM device manufacturers and the flexibility to provide access to an ever-growing ecosystem of connected devices will help them continue to provide world leading value-added services solutions for mobile operators around the world and better meet the needs of the Digital Connected Lifestyle of their millions of customers.