Maltese college students won a prestigious European start-up competition with INTACT, a smart helmet that calls emergency services in the event of a crash.
A group of students from Malta's St. Martin's Institute of Higher Education won this year's prestigious Junior Achievements European Enterprise Challenge in Helsinki, Finland, with their INTACT smart helmet system. Similar to EatSleepRIDE’s App’s Crashlight feature, the helmet can detect a collision or accident and automatically notify preset emergency contacts. Taking things one step further, the INTACT helmet can also, and I’d argue more importantly, contact and summon emergency medical services. The first responders are then dispatched the the GPS location provided by the smart helmet. This type of feature can be lifesaving if a rider crashes while alone, or lands in an area not visible to passersby after a wreck.
Junior Achievements Europe is the largest provider of education programs for entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and “work readiness”. Working in over 30,000 schools and utilizing more than 100,000 teachers, Junior Achievements Europe works with nearly 3.5 million students from across 40 countries. Junior Achievements USA also exists, as do a handful of programs in other nations that all share the same structure, methods and goals.
“From the beginning we wanted to have a positive impact on society and our focus was to improve safety for motorcyclists on the road," said Katryna Biffa, one of the INTACT team members.
Obviously this new technology does nothing to prevent accidents, but it can keep a situation from going from bad to exponentially worse. Because the details are still hazy there is no official word on how the helmet would be implemented into local areas where government-run emergency medical services would need to work with INTACT to get the system fully online. Having spent a decent amount of time talking to the CEO of EatsleepRIDE, I can confidently say implementing a system like this is incredibly difficult and involves a lot of red tape.
Depending on the price of the helmet - and that's if it even gets to market - riders who commute on a motorcycle and live or work in a remote area may find the insurance this helmet provides to be comforting. Though it’s a long shot, if they became popular it’s likely that existing helmet manufacturers may implement the technology into their offerings.