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Vigil over as company changes name

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/08/2016 By Fiona Rotherham

Vigil Monitoring, the digital healthcare company founded by Ray Avery and Alan Brannigan, is changing its name to Jupl as it expands into Australia.

The company's cloud-based technology platform, backed by Spark and global healthcare provider Bupa, records health and activity level details about patients who are living independently by connecting wirelessly to devices such as smartphones or smartwatches. Details are uploaded and notifications sent to healthcare providers, saving labour costs and providing better monitoring.

Brannigan said the Vigil Monitoring name was well-regarded locally but didn't encompass everything the company does. The name Jupl is a play on the word duple, relating to connecting two people.

"We are more than just monitoring. We connect carers, family and friends with their loved ones by providing personal biometric data in real-time," he said.

The company has just developed a new app which its healthcare provider customers will sell, allowing information to be passed on to families and caregivers wherever they are in the world.

Jupl is paid a licensing fee per active user from its three New Zealand customers who include Bupa and charitable organisation St John.

Also under development and due for release later this year is another product linking healthcare providers to patients when they move outside their homes.

The Personal Emergency Responses Systems (PERS) market is predicted to grow at double-digit rates in the near future.

The World Health Organisation forecasts the number of people expected to live past 65 years will reach 1.5 billion by 2050 globally and that's causing a steadily increasing demand for home healthcare services, of which the PERS is a key component, Brannigan said.

Jupl has opened an office in Australia and is now ramping up expansion in that market through its partnership with Bupa and one with another large player it's due to announce in a couple of weeks, to provide the hardware for its software technology.

Next year the company plans to expand into other international markets, in particular the UK and Europe, funded by a near-$4 million capital fund-raising round in early 2017.

Established four years ago, Jupl is already profitable, Brannigan said, declining financial details.


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