Today, people are becoming familiar with a host of products and devices that work using the Internet. These devices seem to miraculously talk to one another through the internet and can do various tasks – update heart rates, cool down a room, manage the amount of milk in your refrigerator etc. We know this breed as the “Internet of Things” or the IOT world.
We propose that when people use the power of the Internet to trigger actions, instead of Things doing it for them, for example, someone scanning a QR code to help a person in a medical emergency, it is the “Internet of People” which takes action and will eventually save lives.
Increasingly, people are fascinated by building a network of sensors which will trigger alerts. To a person who is not embedded in the world of technology, a good sensor for a room being hot would be – feeling hot! However, the trend now is to have a room cooled to the right point without any intervention.
Along with these sensors , came another breed – the wearables!
When it comes to Medical Emergencies and the role of Internet of Things , we have to consider a few scenarios that may arise when we want the device to work in order to have an actual emergency response.
Wearables and why they are not suited for EMS
In case of the various wearables found in the market, we have a few that are positioned as Emergency Alert devices . Typically, if a wearer is faced with a situation in which they feel threatened or need assistance, they can trigger an alert to their Emergency Contacts by pressing a button.
There are a number of assumptions at work when this kind of device is used.
- The device itself needs to be charged.
- It is a single device that the person remembers to carry on themselves 24×7.
- That one may have capacity to spend (as wearables are expensive) to buy such a gadget.
- A smartphone used by the user needs to be in Bluetooth range.
- The smartphone has to be charged and linked to the internet.
- That a person has time to trigger an alert before the medical emergency (heart attack etc happens).
Due to the fact that there are various assumptions that such devices make, we may have situations where it can be something as simple as forgetting a phone at home. This turns the device to a useless piece of accessory as it is dependent on the Bluetooth link to the person s phone to trigger an alert. Even if the device has a built in SIM card, which is fraught with its own complications, it still needs to be charged to trigger alerts. Also the major assumption is that the wearer is conscious enough to trigger the alert in order for the Emergency Services or Emergency Contacts to be notified.
If, a person wearing such a device were to be involved say in an accident, while riding a two-wheeler, here is what is likely to happen:
The wearer may be unconscious, the rider and his mobile phone are separated in the accident, the wearable device breaks, the mobile breaks – in all these situations the device will be incapable of triggering the Emergency Alert.
The QR Based Emergency ID – A IOP – or Internet of People device
Imagine a platform / specific app independent system, which is capable of triggering alerts to Emergency Services and Emergency Contacts which
- Does not need to be charged.
- Comes in multiple instances for a single purchase.
- Costs less than a few cups of coffee.
- Does not need the users phone to be around.
- Can be triggered by good Samaritans post the event.
Scan2Save is a QR Code based emergency online ID kit which aims to fulfill the requirements of the IOP device.
As it is the action of a good Samaritan and the multiple actions taken by the Emergency Contacts, we term this as a “Internet of People” device.
What is the Scan2Save product?
The Scan2Save kit contains the following
- A unique QR code which is your s for ever.
- A set of scratch-proof, weather-proof , non-tearable stickers.
- A wallet card ( high grade PVC card)
- A key fob
Once a kit is activated and a Online Emergency Profile is created, the stickers can be distributed on all objects used by a user – for example, for two-wheelers , on the helmets, on the vehicle, on the riding jacket etc. Or for school children, on their lunch boxes, id cards, satchel etc.
If the person is in an emergency , any good Samaritan can scan the QR code and trigger alert to the Emergency Contacts and share the location .
As any generic QR scanner is capable of triggering the alert, no specific app needs to be downloaded.
Upon scanning, the code triggers an alert via SMS to the Emergency Contacts with a GPS location. They can then assist the person.
As the act of saving lives is triggered by a good Samaritan scanning a QR code, and the impact of the message received will move the Emergency Contacts to use their skills to help the affected person, we believe that this system of “Internet of People” will be effective and efficient in saving lives.
Visit http://www.weqr.in for more information.