ICEdot Crash Sensor Now Available, Enhances Emergency Response

A safety-focused technology first developed for cyclists, the ICEdot Crash Sensor might start making a huge difference for other segments, including motorcycling and various other motorsports. The idea is not new, but each time such a gadget appears, it usually comes with some improvements in certain areas.
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For starters, the ICEdot in its current development stage is not exactly helmet-friendly, because of its bicycle helmet mount, but it may be that carrying it in a sleeve pocket or so does the job, too. At the same time, developing a cheap motorcycle helmet solution is surely not a far out goal, either.

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All in all, the ICEdot is an accelerometer-based gadget which can detect an impact’s force and take action in case certain thresholds are being reached. Motion, impact force and rotation are all taken into account to try and eliminate as much “false positives” as possible. Bluetooth connectivity is used to pair the ICEdot with your smartphone (Android and Apple devices only) and the data flows both ways thanks to a dedicated app. The battery is rechargeable and the device is weatherproof.

The principle has remained unchanged: when the ICEdot detects what may have been a crash, it triggers an alert on the phone, starting a countdown timer. If you don’t stop the countdown, the ICEdot uses your phone to send out an SMS alert with the GPS position to as many as 10 contacts preset by the user. If the user allows it, the ICEdot can also provide route tracking.

Enhancements come in the form of the additional info the ICEdot user can provide to the emergency system and which are available to the first responders. This involves wearing a silicone rubber band with an unique code which individualizes the user. The rescuers can text a SMS number found on the bracelet and receive valuable medical data supplied by the user, such as medication, allergies or notifications, helping provide more accurate treatment faster and avoid further problems like intolerance to certain drugs and more.

The ICEdot retails for €159 ($216) including one year of service. It is not exactly cheap, but well worth if you’re constantly taking risks. We could not determine the price for additional ICEdot year periods…

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