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reQall Aims to Make Driving Safer With InCar Intelligent Messaging Assistant; Keeps You In Touch and Your Hands on the Wheel

— reqallable InCar App for Android Manages Email and Text; Delivers Important Messages While Driving

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — reQall (www.reqall.com), the award-winning developer of proactive intelligent assistant technologies, today introduces reqallable InCar (beta), the first context-aware app to intuitively decrease phone-related text and email distractions while driving. The new app works by detecting a user’s Bluetooth connection and launching the phone into reqallable InCar mode, which prompts the handset to acknowledge notifications only from priority contacts, highlight and read aloud critical details within incoming emails and texts, and enable voice activated replies for safer, smarter in-car phone use.

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“reqallable InCar is an intelligent assistant built from the ground up to transform messaging for drivers by helping your Android phone understand when it should—and should not—interrupt you,” said Rao Machiraju, co-founder and CEO of reQall. “The app calibrates the phone to work as if purpose-built for driving: screening contacts, highlighting key message details for clear, explicit communication, and leveraging Bluetooth audio for hands-free and car-smart message commands and replies.”  

Available for Android, reqallable InCar hooks into the phone’s contacts, calendar and user’s home and work locations to contextually assign “priority” status to incoming messages. When a Bluetooth connection is detected, reqallable InCar launches and quickly identifies whether a message is VIP status – like from a spouse or colleague at work – while less critical emails and texts are held back until you have reached your destination, or the Bluetooth connection ends.

For texts or emails messages deemed a priority, reqallable InCar distills the content to present only the most salient details, delivering requests and action items via audio. Users can reply to messages by voice, with responses “read” back to the driver to insure accuracy. Users can also listen, and respond to, awaiting messages and reach out to VIP contacts with the quick touch of a single button.

A new industry report by Parks Associates[1] revealed that connected car features are rapidly gaining consumer acceptance. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase, according to Connected Cars: Revenue Opportunities.

“Digital distractions present a real road safety issue, which will only increase as technology provides new ways to communicate while we drive,” added Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Medialab and reQall’s Strategic Product Advisor. “Reqallable InCar ushers in a new era of context-sensitive, intelligent messaging for the car—one that uses your personal smartphone to keep distractions to a minimum, no matter what car you’re in. Only messages that are important and contain actionable content merit attention surface, and drivers can respond by voice—to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

reqallable InCar comes on the heels of Google Glass and smartwatch app launches by reQall, which introduced reqallable’s virtual assistant technology for Google Glass in June, the Toq smartwatch in May, the Pebble smartwatch in March, the Samsung Gear in February and the Sony Smartwatch in January. New reQall apps for other devices and environments will be released in the coming months.

reqallable InCar beta can be downloaded for free from Google Play. More information can be found at www.reqallable.com.

About reQall
Recognized as one of the top 25 ideas from MIT Labs over the past 25 years, reQall is the award-winning developer of context-aware, proactive and intelligent assistant applications for wearable and mobile devices. reQall is a venture-backed company based in NASA’s Silicon Valley research park.

[1] Connected Car: Revenue Opportunities features research and analysis on market trends, big data analytics, UBI, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, location-based services, infotainment, Wi-Fi hotspots, and safe-driving technologies, The report is available for sale at www.parksassociates.com

Frost & Sullivan Applauds MobileHelp for its Targeted Supplies for the PERS Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the personal emergency response systems (PERS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes MobileHelp with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Price Performance Value Leadership. MobileHelp’s leadership in flexibility across in-home and mobile usage directly captures expectations for tech progression in personal emergency response, and exemplifies key demands of US consumers for these solutions.

MobileHelp is at the forefront of convenience and utility in the M-PERS market and offers a simple two product option covering the range of use cases, with a uniform cellular rate plan. MobileHelp has been active in its dedication to broader mobile medical device product goals that augment its core capabilities in emergency response. Frost & Sullivan believes that both its referral branding within facility-to-home care as well as its increasing direct-to-consumer presence will allow it to expand a cost-effective product base across the medical and monitoring spectrum over time.

Primary consumer interest factors in PERS include price, reliability, contract flexibility, and customer experience of the emergency response. MobileHelp has delivered a strong value story for buyers with its simple interface and top-class emergency referral, including robust features and services provided in system pricing for its DUO series.

MobileHelp has been a pioneer in wearable devices with its wristwatch, which greatly reduces product bulk, damage through movement or falls, and issues related to daily forgetfulness of use. Secondly, the two-step transition between the Classic and DUO product suites allows customers to seamlessly upgrade from indoor-only to mixed indoor/outdoor use, with no interruption to service. MobileHelp also focuses on return guarantees, low obligatory service commitment and easy product upgrade, making its solutions very attractive for new buyers that are seeking emergency care support without product risk.

“Mobility is a key component of shifting customer expectations in personal emergency response systems,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Daniel Ruppar. Providing systems which broaden flexibility, while offering important ease of use, service support, and other high value factors supporting solution purchase decisions are key characteristics of leadership in this important Senior focused market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a product that offers price competitiveness, ease of use, as well as service effectiveness.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development.