SOLO Secure has released a pair of new physical security products that were designed to protect mobile devices – and the people holding them. Both devices are built to function with the SOLO Secure mobile app, with the SOLO Backpacker being geared toward everyday consumers and the SOLO Blade aimed more toward enterprise security professionals.
In that regard, the SOLO Backpacker is essentially a high-tech smartphone case that can also store up to three bank, credit, and/or ID cards. The case takes advantage of the biometric sensors that now come standard on many smartphones, and can only be unlocked with either a face or fingerprint recognition scan carried out through the SOLO Secure app.
The SOLO Blade, on the other hand, lives up to its namesake. In addition to the standard smartphone security features, the device comes with an extendable steel blade that can only be unsheathed with a biometric scan. The blade is ostensibly designed for self-defence, though like any weapon it is perhaps best left in the hands of those who are trained to use it properly.
According to SOLO Secure, the Blade and the Backpacker offer a level of continuous mobile connectivity and security that is comparable to the one that people experience in fixed locations like offices and residential buildings. The broader SOLO Secure platform can analyze factors like body movement and location data to determine when someone is in distress, and may be caught in a life-threatening situation. The platform can then send a notification to emergency responders, or deploy an autonomous drone to provide overhead surveillance.
“Millions of people lack the adequate information to identify, avoid and address personal security threats,” said SOLO Secure CEO Nate Ramanathan. “SOLO Secure provides consumers and security professionals with the most accurate real-time assessment to manage one’s situational environments, both consciously and autonomously, using the latest breakthroughs in AI, connectivity and biometrics.”
The SOLO Blade and the SOLO Backpacker are both on display at this week’s CES show in Las Vegas. The Backpacker will retail for $79 when it launches later this month, though at the moment the device is only compatible with the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Tascent and OtterBox have previously collaborated on their own smartphone case with biometric security features.