21 Oct 2019

I’m sure many of you are wearing an Apple WatchSamsung Gear or other gadget on your wrist right now. This market started to gain attention when the first Apple Watch launched in 2016 – and the market has advanced in terms of technology & sales since then – but the question is, what does the future hold for the smartwatch? Is it the one size fits all model of the large vendors? Or is it better to customise the smartwatches to target specific users or use cases?

In this podcast, we’ll talk to Omate’s Laurent Le Pen, a smartwatch industry pioneer, to find out how he views this evolving market.

Show notes:

01:30 Introduction to Omate

02:20 How did someone from France end out starting a device manufacturer in Shenzhen?

03:50 The market segments and challenges Omate targets – Elderly Care, Children, Lone Workers

07:00 Deep dive into the Omate’s Elderly Care solution

10:50 How Omate brought together the supply and demand sides of the market, including SafeMotionCredit Mutual Arkea and Medical Guardian, to launch their Elderly Care management solution in France and the US

12:45 Omate’s innovative Wearables-as-a-Service (WaaS) business model

15:15 The challenges in launched a wearables service in the healthcare industry

17:20 Omate’s Nanoblock children’s watch – and the importance of end-to-end security

21:10 The latest device and solution launches from Omate

24:00 What has prevented wearables from living up to the hype?

30:50 The fun round of questions, including Laurent’s side project, the Oclean smart toothbrush

Laurent’s details 


Twitter: @llepen @omateofficial

07 Mar 2018 1

In this edition of the IoT Watch List, I will examine how the business and operating model behind Omate’s partnership with Tata Communications has the potential to deliver wide reaching impact across the IoT ecosystem and transform the go-to-market strategy for hardware vendors. This is great news for hardware vendors and “brands” that can leverage it, but could be bad news for mobile network operators (MNOs).

02 Nov 2017

Want to know the latest on IoT in Asia? Here you go!

I was recently the conference chair and delivered the opening keynote at the inaugural Internet of Things World Asia event in Singapore (Oct 2017). My keynote content includes the latest global IoT survey results, updates on LPWAN deployments in Asia, and 3 IoT trends to watch.

For those who don’t have time to watch the whole video, here’s the timings for the content:


02:50 State of IoT in Asia

03:50 IoT Buzzwords go mainstream

05:12 Are IoT budgets increasing or decreasing?

05:40 The ecosystem, security and internal challenges companies face in deploying IoT solutions

07:05 Internal collaboration is on the rise

08:10 Intro to the IoT Ecosystem

08:37 IoT vendors: moving towards Solution Selling

09:38 IoT Brand Awareness: which vendors come top of mind

10:45 Which vendors are the “preferred partners” for IoT solution deployment

13:40 LPWANs is Asia (NB-IoT, Sigfox, LoRa)

15:10 The latest of LPWAN deployments in Asia

15:45 Customer concerns relating to LPWANs

16:50 IoT Watch List #1: Elderly Care in Asia

20:14 IoT Watch List #2: LoRa in India

22:15 IoT Watch List #3 The Rise of #PropTech