UK SME aims to improve road safety26/07/17Science & Technology
Technology start-up firm Satsafe, which develops internet of things (IoT) telematics devices, has announced it aims to help improve motorist safety in the northwest of England.
The initiative will deploy its devices, more commonly known as ‘in-vehicle black boxes’ and increasingly used by insurance firms and fleet managers, to monitor driver behaviour.
Satsafe is currently the lead partner for road safety as part of CityVerve, the UK’s £15m (~€17m) city demonstrator project in Manchester bringing together pioneering uses of IoT to deliver a smarter, more connected city.
According to Satsafe, the TelematiCam combines its monitoring technology with intelligent in-built Global Positioning System (GPS) and accelerometers to detect whether a motorist has had a serious accident.
Once the app has been accredited, the system will automatically alert the emergency services to the precise location and time of an incident, presenting a life-line to those who may be injured, Satsafe said.
The TelematiCam will also record high definition video, allowing drivers, emergency services and insurers to more accurately assess the cause of a crash.
The product, which it is claimed could help revolutionise driver safety, has been developed with support from business support programme LCR 4.0, part of the Liverpool city region local growth hub.
Working with project partners the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Hartree Centre, Satsafe embarked on a project to connect the dashcam, a mobile app and a cloud platform.
Michael Schraps, programme manager for LCR 4.0, said: “The technologies that Satsafe [is] developing offer serious safety benefits for road users and perfectly demonstrate how Industry 4.0 technologies can have a new and positive impact on our day-to-day lives.
“The LCR 4.0 programme is very much a collaboration and it was great to see the skills of both the VEC and the Hartree Centre come together on this project to take the TelematiCam to the next level of development.”