Withings is a French company specializing in the manufacture of connected objects. The general public knows this brand particularly for its watches, but also for its associated scales. Withings is actually much more than that, however. The company just sent us a press release announcing a new generation of natively connected devices that no longer require installation or pairing with a smartphone.
Withings raises € 53 million and wants to take its place in the care path
This brand new range of connected objects is specifically aimed at the healthcare sector. Indeed, Withings explains that the objects in this area can immediately transmit data to the medical profession, for example when a patient is being monitored remotely. Currently this new line of products consists of two products: the Body Pro scale and the BPM Connect Pro blood pressure monitor.
Telemedicine is growing rapidly
As already mentioned, these two products are completely autonomous and can connect to the cellular network thanks to a simple SIM card. Of course, if the 5G or 4G network is not good enough, the WiFi network is still compatible with these objects. In its press release, Withings explains: “These new products, required for professional remote medical monitoring, are a first step in the massive development of telemedicine.”
It must be said that the current health crisis has caused telemedicine to develop significantly faster than expected. If telemedicine has become evident in the US, it is developing significantly in France. To participate in the fight against the spread of the virus, Withings Health Solutions needed to accelerate the development of new products to further reduce contact between patients and healthcare professionals.
If technology seems obvious to some in such situations, it can also act as a brake. In fact, some patients are not necessarily comfortable with this type of connected object. But Withings seems to have thought of everything while removing the pairing steps and offering a system that is easy for anyone to use.