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IEE recognized with a Fedil Innovation Award

ニュース / December 7, 2016

IEE is proud to announce that on Tuesday 6th December 2016, the company was recognized with a Fedil Prix de l’Innovation in the automotive category at a ceremony in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg December 7th, 2016 – IEE is proud to announce that on Tuesday 6th December 2016, the company was recognized with a Fedil Prix de l’Innovation in the automotive category at a ceremony in Luxembourg.

IEE received the Award for VitaSense, the company’s sensing system to detect children left behind in vehicles and provide this information to the vehicles warning systems.

Although it seems unthinkable to forget a child in car, a review of the incidents shows that distraction, a change in the daily routine, or misunderstandings play a major role. It can potentially happen to anybody. When children were intentionally left in the car, the caregiver either ignored the risk of leaving a child inside a car, or it simply took them longer to get back to the vehicle than initially planned.

These incidents are not merely a US phenomenon (700 heatstroke fatalities 1998-2016). Although a lack of comprehensive databases masks the problem to a certain extent, there are documented cases of fatalities in other parts of the world as well.

To combat this problem, IEE developed VitaSense – the world’s first vehicle-based sensing system to detect at-risk unattended chil­dren. VitaSense detects the breathing of sleeping children who are at risk of being entrapped, and this information can be used by the vehicle to warn parents or other adults that there is a child still in the vehicle. This type of warning can help prevent children dying from vehicular heatstroke.

VitaSense operates in the ISM band (24 GHz), a radio frequency used for industrial, scientific, and medical applications. At this frequency, the low-power radio signals are reflected by the human body – making it the ideal technology for the interior motion detector.


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