The 3rd Wearable Technologies Conference in Asia, organised jointly by Wearable Technologies Group (WT) and TÜV SÜD, was held on 12th October 2015 at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel. Almost 200 attendees from the wearable technology industry participated in the conference, where they learned about the latest trends and technological developments in medical and consumer wearable technologies. The highlight of the event, however, was the Asia launch of the TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark, which provides a one-stop solution for ensuring the quality and safety of wearable technologies.
The global wearable’s market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 35% over the next five years, reaching 148 million units shipped annually in 2019, up from 33 million units shipped in 2014. To capitalise on this rapid growth, wearable device manufacturers need to address a wide range of factors that affect the quality, performance and safety of their products. TÜV SÜD and WT has jointly organised this event to help the wearable industry players in Hong Kong gain insights on how they can ensure user safety. “I am very glad to see the rapid growth for this emerging industry,” said Dr. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, “As with nearly all new technologies' birth and development, wearable technologies also face all sorts of potential risks which consumers are well aware of. This is why wearable products should comply with all technical regulations of the market where the product is being sold, including all aspects of safety, connectivity, skin contact, mobile application testing as well as ensuring compliance to national and international regulations. To this end, we have launched the new TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark in Asia during this event with WT as part of our partnership established to offer worldwide testing for all wearable products.”
Dr. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG delivered the welcome keynote
About the TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark
The TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark is an innovative development in the testing of new technologies. It is the first certification mark in the wearable industry that is dedicated to activity trackers. TÜV SÜD’s partnership with WT enables us to create services customised for the industry where we will help manufacturers to assess and make recommendations on all aspects of safety, connectivity, skin contact and mobile application testing as well as ensuring compliance with national and international regulations. The certification mark is therefore an important entry point for the wearable technologies market, and one that adds significant additional value. Quality and safety are major concerns for the wearable technologies industry, and the TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark allows buyers and retailers to be confident about the safety of products so that they can focus more on their user experience with the new innovation.
TÜV SÜD partners wearable device industry players to manage their risks and act as their international regulatory approvals department by providing experts who research approval requirements for individual access. “With the global footprint of labs and experts worldwide, customers can enjoy the close proximity to the testing locations and expertise from TÜV SÜD. We are expecting the first wearable product certified with TÜV SÜD-WT Certification Mark to be in market by the end of this year.” said Mr. Ishan Palit, CEO of TÜV SÜD’s Global Product Service Division.