The story of our design
The design story of our third-generation flagship model wellness watch, Navigil 580, is a fruit of years of customer led development that was started in 2007 by an idea of a stylish wellness wristwatch for seniors.
Company founder, CEO Matti Räty recalls how the idea of a Navigil safety wristwatch first got started as result of a close relative having a fall and breaking a hip. This proved to be a true blessing in disguise. There did not seem to be any acceptable tools for a person to call for help. Fortunately, all ended happily, because relatives went to see how the fallen person was doing two days earlier than scheduled. It was stressful that relatives were not able to monitor their loved one’s recovery between visits.
Obviously, there was a need for a new mobile wearable device that individuals would be happy to wear and that was supported by services that provided family and friends information about loved one’s wellness status. This happened in 2007 and at that time wearable telecare bracelets were ugly, stigmatizing and worked only at home in the range of a speakerphone.
Our principles of design
Especially female seniors are very particular about what they wear. Nobody wants to portray that they would have lost any aspect of their independence. Assisted living technology that stigmatizes wearers is seldom used by the individual. Ease of use and allowing for poor dexterity, vision and balance are just as critical for this group of users. We strongly believe that the user experience and technology of wellness watches should always focus on the core purpose of the product. However, we understand that the user requirements must also be adjustable as they may change over time.
The caring community
The Navigil service design further considers the requirements of family members, friends and professional carers. Deep understanding of the needs of these stakeholders are manifested, for example, in the reliable sharing of help request call responsibilities and automatic alarm and wellness status notifications, which all help to build and strengthen peace of mind.
Understanding user needs
The Navigil wellness watch and service have been designed by carefully analyzing the user and stakeholder needs and requirements. The fulfillment of these needs has then been successfully proven by comprehensive testing and piloting programs with elderly users, care homes and family representatives. We are proud of what we have accomplished but humble enough to keep constantly analyzing the feedback from our customers to further improve and perfect the Navigil product and service.
Redesign the experience of aging
Life after 65 is not what it used to be. The realities for seniors look far richer than ever before. Older adults live longer and lead active lifestyles well into their 80’s or even further. Most importantly, we try to implement this into our design – how can we help seniors, through our design, to live a more independent, purposeful life and still being connected to their loved ones. Maybe there is not a need to decide if we all want a life full of years or years full of life. Now we can enjoy life both ways.
is a perfect solution for persons wishing to live an independent life. The discreet analog wristwatch doesn’t label wearers as persons in need of help. The LTE phone, GPS location and activity monitoring features enable calling for help with a single push of a button and locating wandering dementia sufferers quickly as well as early alert on worrisome long term wellbeing trends.
Customer focus • Innovation • Respect
Share and care – Enable extended safe independent living at home while safeguarding quality of life, providing peace of mind and saving costs.
Navigil is a caring company that provides industry benchmark services and wearable wellness products used by active elderly but also older adults needing support. Wearable product users are supported by family and friends as well as professional care providers.
Navigil’s customers are leading telehealthcare providers as well as B2C channel players including mobile operators, insurance companies and wellbeing device brands. Profitable recurring service revenue is main element in enterprise value growth.
Navigil empathic engineering effort is focused on providing high quality products and services. Navigil uses ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified EMS partners.
Navigil product and service architecture has been designed with high availability and safety in mind.
Sourcing and suppliers
Navigil’s production and quality department have a long history of sourcing high quality and ultra-low power components as well as selecting and working with manufacturing partners.
We prioritize high quality and reliability before other procurement features, and use components with second sources, where it is feasible. Navigil is committed to a long term win-win relationship with our partners.
The personal data in Navigil’s systems is handled according to GDPR rules. The data in Navigil cloud servers is encrypted, communication is done over secure VPN tunnels using redundant private APNs.
Navigil was founded in 2010. The acquisition of Fastrax’ track & trace business in 2011 started the journey to become one of leading providers of wearable telecare products and services.
World’s smallest analog wristwatch, Navigil S1 with GSM mobile phone and GPS location features supported by Navigil Rafael services was launched in September 2014. Despite of the smallest footprint the Navigil S1 has one of the longest battery life in the market. Two leading EU telecare providers use Navigil technology.
The second generation analog telecare wristwatch S3 was launched in February 2018. The third generation analog wellness wristwatch was announced in June 2019 together with second generation Navigil Service.
Navigil solutions are being used in 30 countries around the world.
President/CEO and Founder
Matti Räty has 30 years high tech business experience including the management of design and manufacture of portable GPS and GSM tracking devices while working as the President / CEO of Fastrax. He has extensive international sales and marketing experience with Xerox and Ericsson. He has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Finland and conducted business in USA, Europe and the Far East.
Chairman of the Board
Tuomas Kurki is a long-term entrepreneur in technology sector. Last years he has solely focused on acting as an investor. He has responsibilities in several Boards of Directors.
Member of the Board
Eero Punkka is a member of the Navigil Board. Previously, he has worked as CTO of Suunto Oy and Head of Research Area at VTT.
He has a degree of Doctor of Technology from Helsinki University of Technology.
Member of the Board
Dan Colliander has operated and managed businesses on most continents, worked in B2B and consumer markets (FMCG) in both the high tech and industrial business for large and small corporations.