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OMS will eliminate deaths of children left unattended in hot cars

For children, fatal and non fatal auto incidents are increasingly occurring close to home in nontraffic situations.  The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates over 500 people, of which almost 40 are children under the age of 14, are killed every year in nontraffic crashes.  Nontraffic refers to events occurring off public roads or highways, generally in parking lots or driveways.

The lure of an automobile is often just too enticing for curious, imaginative, and playful children.  Young children can often unlock, climb and maneuver their way into vehicles which are often out of sight and sound to parents and caregivers.  Sadly for babies, who often fall asleep in their car seats becoming silent, unobtrusive little passengers, their rear-facing seats look the same from the front seat whether occupied or not.  Therefore, children left behind is a constant threat that often brings national attention whenever there is such a fatality.

To add to the risks, cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F – 172° F (55° C – 78° C) when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F (27° C – 38° C). Even with windows partially down, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 125 degrees in just minutes.

As a result, DRIVE OMS was designed as an advanced multichannel monitoring system that can identify unattended children and alert the car owner, authorities and/or adjust the car’s other safety systems should a dangerous situation arise.  The system monitors for such dangerous situations as hyperthermia, hypothermia, strangulation, and asphyxia which account for 11% of the total nontraffic fatalities, and 64% of all nontraffic child fatalities.

What are the primary applications for DRIVE OMS?

  • Unattended child in the car
  • Hyperthermia and hypothermia causing situations
  • Child sleeping, awake, or in distress
  • Passengers properly seated and buckled in (tangled in a seatbelt)
  • Head or limb caught in a dangerous position
  • Occupant identification (child vs adult; owner vs unauthorized person)
  • Personal articles left behind/unattended
  • Pet identification

*Please inquire with EDGE3 as to feature availability and roadmap

How many input channels does DRIVE OMS have?

  • As many as there are available. The more input channels there are, the better that the system performs.  We recognize that one input channel alone is not enough to robustly identify and monitor a child being left behind, so OMS utilizes multiple input channels:
    • Audio
    • Temperature
    • Seatbelt
    • Motion
    • Door
    • GPS

What are the hardware requirements?

  • EDGE3 DRIVE is a hardware agnostic platform that can run on any ARM or X86 platform running Android, Windows, or Linux-based operating systems.

Are there lighting constraints?

  • No, the technology works in all lighting conditions: sunlight (direct or indirect), shadows, night, etc.