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Qualcomm Life to launch mobile platform for monitoring health, biometric data


Qualcomm Life says it’s set to launch its 2net platform mobile gateway, which will enable the aggregation of clinical biometric data from medical sensors to Android devices.

According to the company, the new mobile gateway, called 2net Mobile, will be launched at the Uplinq 2013 developer conference, taking place this week in San Diego, California.

Specifically, 2net Mobile is a white-label software module which enables Android smartphones and tablets to take on the functionality of the company’s 2net Hub. The 2net Hub, which launched in December 2011 serves as a machine-to-machine connection for wireless medical devices – many of which measure biometrics – into and out of the home. Now, with the 2net Mobile, Qualcomm Life says users can monitor and transmit readings while on-the-go.

“Our objective with the launch of 2net Mobile is to further support our customers’ business strategies in remote patient monitoring, while enhancing the ability to innovate on the 2net Platform,” Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life said. “Through its open approach to connectivity, transmission and aggregation of data on mobile phones and tablets, 2net Mobile improves the capability of users to monitor their health anytime, anywhere.”

Along with this launch, the 2net Mobile SDK has been made available to developers. The SDK enables developers of mobile applications on the Android platform to build applications using the tools provided by the SDK and offer connectivity to an open ecosystem of biometric sensors supported by 2net Mobile, through their applications.

Last year, the company extended its 2net platform and hub to Canada.

As recently reported in BiometricUpdate.com, much of the growth in the healthcare biometrics market has been driven by adoption in the private sector. According to Transparency Market Research, the healthcare biometrics market is expected to grow at 33.3% CAGR from 2012 to 2018, with the United States accounting for the majority of the healthcare biometrics market share.

Another recent research report has found that people are generally trusting of some organizations – including healthcare – to use biometrics for identity verification.

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