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Former CRN Wireless exec plans mobile PERS venture

Nicholas Puro sees 'huge market' beyond senior demographic
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03/13/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Nicholas Puro, who stepped down as CEO of CRN Wireless in February, is looking into a new venture that would turn traditional personal emergency response systems into a “one-stop shop” for mobile lifestyle monitoring and management.

AT&T gets into mobile PERS; Puro resigns at CRN Wireless

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mobile PERS is fast becoming the land of the giants.

AT&T is the latest to get into the game, announcing on Feb. 21 that it will provide the wireless network and location services for Libris, a mobile health management system from Seattle-based Numera Inc. The news follows ADT’s announcement in January that it’s getting into mobile PERS by partnering with Toronto-based health tech provider Ideal Life.

The target market for both ventures is similar: active senior citizens looking for an extra measure of safety, and those with chronic conditions who want health monitoring inside and outside the home. Libris delivers by integrating biometric readings, two-way mobile voice, automated fall detection and location tracking.

“Incorporating continuous monitoring of an individual’s activity, location and important health measurements, [Libris] breaks new ground in bringing together personal safety and telehealth in a mobile device,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of emerging devices for AT&T, in a prepared statement.  

While the competition for remote patient monitoring is getting more intense, there’s probably a lot of room left in the sandbox for players of all sizes. The telecare and telehealth market is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2016 and grow to $6 billion by 2020, according to Numera.

Puro resigns at CRN Wireless: In other PERS-related news, e3 Investment Partners announced this week that Nicholas Puro has resigned as CEO of CRN Wireless. He will focus on other opportunities in network services, monitoring and security, according to an e3IP news release.

“I am particularly interested in network services and wireless monitoring in the medical and pharmaceutical field,” said Puro, who is listed on LinkedIn as managing director of e3IP. “There are vast opportunities for new products and services ranging from fully mobile personal emergency response systems to wireless monitoring of pharmaceuticals through the cold chain.”

Earlier this month, CRN Wireless launched two 4G cellular alarm communicators through its AlarmPath division.

CRN Wireless launches 4G cellular communicators

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02/07/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—CRN Wireless, a wireless communication company for the security alarm industry, has launched two 4G cellular communicators by its AlarmPath division, according to a company statement.

NearNet radio retired after 22 years of service

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10/24/2012

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—CRN Wireless, a provider of M2M signal processing for the security alarm business and a manufacturer of wireless alarm communicators, recently announced that a NearNet UHF alarm radio was retired after 22 years of continuous service.