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3G ‘cloudphone’ start-up wins the gold

Ollo Mobile, the developers of a 3G cloudphone that aims to improve communication in families around the world, has won Rackspace Australia’s inaugural startup competition.

The specialised cellular phone works with a cloud based service to act as a monitored telehealth service for seniors, young children, and people living with a disability or suffering from chronic health disorders.

Hugh Geiger, co-founder of Ollo Mobile, said he hopes the award can serve as a launchpad to get the startup in front of a bigger audience.

“We applied to the competition because we know we’re tackling a huge problem, and we just needed to get some global attention to make it a reality,” Geiger said.

The device features automated fall and motion detection software. If a fall is detected, it asks the wearer if they are okay. If there’s a problem, the device calls the nominated contacts.

“The Ollo Mobile cloudphone technology will reinvent monitored telehealth services for seniors and those with chronic health conditions. We lower the cost of service delivery by 80 per cent and make the service socially engaging and desirable, without compromising safety,” Geiger said.

The Small Teams Big Impact Down Under competition was judged by a panel featuring tech guru Robert Scoble and Pollenizer’s Mick Liubinskas. The prize includes a round trip ticket to San Francisco and Silicon Valley for one team member.

“Ollo Mobile is tackling a global problem, and we truly believe our idea can save lives,” Geiger said.

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Gina Baldassarre

Gina Baldassarre

Gina is a journalist at Dynamic Business. She enjoys learning to ice skate and collecting sappy inspirational quotes.

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