Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Valencell and Firstbeat explore biometric wearables potential

Steve Rogerson
April 27, 2017
 
Valencell, a North Carolina-based wearable and hearable biometric sensor technology company, is collaborating with Finnish firm Firstbeat to explore to full potential of what can biometric wearables can achieve.
 
Firstbeat provides physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing. The collaboration aims to ensure Valencell’s biometric sensor systems and Firstbeat physiological analytics work together seamlessly.
 
Today’s market demands more insightful user experiences that use science to go beyond basic heart rate measurement to provide personalised, actionable insights on exercise, stress, sleep and recovery. These insights require highly accurate biometric sensor data and advanced analytics.
 
Valencell and Firstbeat each have decades of experience in research and development, validation and IP built into their respective technologies, and both pride themselves on their shared commitment to creating accurate, scientifically-validated results on which their users can rely.
 
“Firstbeat transforms heartbeat data into information people can actually use to live healthier, happier, more productive lives,” said Joni Kettunen, CEO of Firstbeat. “This effort begins with the sensors that collect the biometric data that we interpret. Valencell clinically validated biometric sensors are among the best in the world, which makes this a golden opportunity to explore the potential of what these technologies have to offer people.”
 
Independently and together, Firstbeat and Valencell technologies are already integrated into many consumer devices. Last year, sound systems provider Jabra brought Valencell sensors and Firstbeat physiological analytics together, as part of the Jabra Elite Sport wireless headphones and the wireless Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition heart monitoring sports headphones.
 
“Successful biometric wearables require two things above all else: highly accurate biometric data in all conditions and advanced analytics to provide meaningful insights that help people achieve their goals,” said Steven LeBoeuf, president of Valencell. “Firstbeat’s analytics technology, when fuelled by accurate biometric data, is some of the best in the world. By combining Valencell’s highly accurate biometric sensor systems with Firstbeat’s analytics, OEMs can deliver mobile health and fitness applications that provide real value to the consumer.”
 
Last week’s Firstbeat HRV Summit in Finland was used as a platform for both companies to announce their collaboration.