OMS will eliminate deaths of children left unattended in cars

Since 1994 there have been over 800 child fatalities in the United States alone from heatstrokes afflicting children having been left in a hot car.  On average, 37 children die every year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Even the most caring parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.

This risk is often not well understood by vehicle owners.  Vehicles parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures of 131°F – 172°F when outside temperatures are only 80°F – 100°F. Even with windows partially down, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 125°F in just a few minutes.

The automotive community and the US Government are now paying more attention to this growing epidemic. In the summer of 2017, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) announced the introduction of the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2017, S. 1666).  This critical legislation addresses the tragic deaths of children unknowingly being left in vehicles.  It requires the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to issue a final rule within two years requiring new vehicles to be equipped with a visual and auditory alert system to remind parents to check the rear seat. The Senate bill also requires a study on retrofitting cars with reminder systems.

Separately, California passed the Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law in 2017 which requires each school bus to be equipped with an operational child safety alert system that prompts the driver to inspect all seats before leaving the bus.

As a result, EDGE3 has designed 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.

What are the primary applications for DRIVE OMS?

  • Child left behind in vehicle
  • Child sleeping, awake, or in distress
  • Vehicle intruder detection
  • Pet left behind in vehicle

What is the Ambient Sensor Node (ASN)?

The EDGE3 Ambient Sensing Node (ASN) is a low-cost, low power, embedded sensor attached to an Artificial intelligence application that runs on the vehicle’s Android MCU, connected via CAN, LIN, or MOST protocol.

In a vehicle, one ASN may be sufficient to detect any movement in a particular row as well as the immediate surroundings.  However, multiple ASNs can be integrated to enable a mesh network that is used to cover the entire cabin for movement and provide highly accurate indication of a child and the occupants location.

What does OMS detect?

  • The primary input channel for OMS is the Ambient Sensor Node (ASN).
  • Inputs from other sensors in the vehicle can be integrated into OMS to enable a more robust, accurate, informative, and sophisticated system. All these sensor inputs are integrated into the OMS AI.
    • Audio
    • Temperature
    • Seatbelt
    • Video
    • Weight Sensor
    • Door

What does OMS detect?

  • The Ambient Sensor Node (ASN) is the primary hardware component required for operation of the EDGE3 OMS
  • The ASN is a low-cost, low power, embedded sensor attached to an artificial intelligence OMS application that runs on the Android MCU of the vehicle, connected via CAN, LIN, or MOST protocol.

Are there lighting constraints?

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

What does OMS detect?

  • Fundamentally, OMS detects the presence of a living being in the vehicle
  • Detection sensitivity ranges from large movements to small heartbeats

Ambient Sensor Node

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