Smith Micro Announces New Enhanced Solutions to its SafePath® Platform for 2024
Enhanced Solutions Will Expand Functionality to a Broader Family Structure to Include Parents, Children, Teens, Elderly, and the Extended Family
PITTSBURGH, PA, November 7, 2023 — Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI) a leading provider of innovative, white-labeled Family Digital Lifestyle™ solutions featuring location-based services and parental controls, today announced a series of new enhancements to its flagship SafePath® platform planned for release in 2024. These upgrades will provide mobile network operators (MNO) with a robust and valuable set of tools, along with a go-to-market strategy for rapid deployment and launch, to help protect people against dangers and threats in both the physical and digital world.
“The world in which we live today has become increasingly challenging to navigate,” said William W. Smith, Jr., president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Smith Micro. “We are experiencing significant conflict and violence worldwide, while also battling persistent and evolving online threats. This continuous barrage of new events takes a toll on everyone, resulting in increased stress, anxiety, and uncertainty.”
Smith continued, “As we navigate our daily lives, we find ourselves increasingly concerned about the safety of our loved ones, not only our children, but also our friends and families, which drives the need for the innovative solutions we offer through SafePath.”
The safety of family and friends includes knowing that they can be reliably and safely located, while their data remains secure. Protection from online threats is also of paramount importance, especially for children. Arming families with actionable tools fits Smith Micro’s mission to securely combat attacks on people’s safety and peace of mind.
When Smith Micro entered the digital family safety space nearly a decade ago, the Company conducted extensive research and testing to build a world-class, robust, and flexible software platform that adapts and responds to ever-changing environments. This research continues today as the Company responds to new threats and challenges.
Smith Micro’s go-to-market channel strategy leverages its long history of strong global mobile network operator relationships. Since most of the world has at least one mobile device, MNOs are the gatekeepers of people’s internet access, and therefore the most logical source of SafePath’s protections. MNOs’ broad reach and distribution provides the connectivity on which all mobile devices rely. Individuals’ trust in, and reliance on, their wireless carrier, including the delivery of safe and private connectivity, make the MNO channel ideal for delivering Smith Micro’s solutions. Carriers combine stringent standards for data privacy and integrity, along with adherence to legal obligations, to maintain user data privately and securely.
“Our focus and long-term commitment to digital family safety ensures that our MNO partners’ SafePath-powered solutions deliver peace of mind, confidence, and value to MNOs’ subscribers,” added Smith. “Family subscribers are an integral part of MNOs’ consumer strategies. SafePath equips them with the tools they need, along with a turn-key platform, to help increase brand loyalty and deepen relationships with these valued subscribers.”
To help Smith Micro’s MNO partners’ brands, and demonstrate a shared commitment to empowering families, the company is announcing a series of enhancements to its SafePath platform that will significantly expand the addressable reach of its solutions.
A significant upgrade of the platform’s core online protection and digital parenting tools, that will include enhanced AI/machine learning to optimize and customize families’ online experience, and provide cyberbullying protection, social media intelligence and public safety notifications that allow parents or guardians to react quickly and appropriately when necessary.
This new deployment and launch model will allow MNOs to rapidly deliver SafePath to their users with faster time-to-market, minimal reliance on the MNO’s resources and easy consumer onboarding either via the Google Play™ store or Apple App Store®, as well as traditional direct carrier distribution. This approach will allow families to find protection from a known, centralized, and trusted provider.
The SafePath platform, currently comprised of SafePath Family, SafePath IoT, SafePath Home, and SafePath Drive, provides comprehensive and easy-to-use tools to protect digital lifestyles and manage connected devices through a single app. As a carrier-grade, white-label solution, SafePath empowers wireless service providers and cable operators to bring to market full-featured, on-brand family safety solutions that provide in-demand services such as location, parental controls, screen time management and driver monitoring to mobile subscribers. Delivered to end users as value-added services, SafePath-based solutions activate new revenue opportunities for service providers while helping to increase brand affinity and reduce subscriber churn. Learn more at smithmicro.com/safepath.
About Smith Micro Software, Inc.
Smith Micro develops software to simplify and enhance the mobile experience, providing solutions to some of the leading wireless service providers around the world. From enabling the family digital lifestyle to providing powerful voice messaging capabilities, Smith Micro’s solutions enrich today’s connected lifestyles while creating new opportunities to engage consumers via smartphones and consumer IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The Smith Micro portfolio also includes a wide range of products for creating, sharing, and monetizing rich content, such as visual voice messaging, optimizing retail content display and performing analytics on any product set. For more information, visit www.smithmicro.com.
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