Last time you crashed with your bike, you got up fine. Or you didn’t, but your friend was
there to help you out. What would happen if you were out alone and were knocked
unconscious – and how long would it take before someone started worrying? And how
would they possibly know where to start looking? ICE stands for In Case of Emergency
and is a globally used term. ICEdot is a system which helps you adventure responsibly –
and calms down your dear ones.


How does the ICEdot system work?

ICEdot’s latest product, the Crash Sensor, is the good friend you need when no one else is there
to help you. The Crash Sensor is a small high-tech device that will mount on any helmet. When
paired with the ICEdot app on a smartphone, the system is able to detect motion, high forces and
impacts. In the event of a critical impact, the device alerts the app which generates an alarm
sound and an emergency countdown. Unless the user stops the countdown, the app will notify
your pre-set emergency contacts via SMS and send GPS coordinates and a map of the incident
so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken.

Chris Zenthoefer, ICEdot CEO and competitive cyclist explains: “I know of accidents where
people should not have continued on or were left unresponsive without help. This sensor, now
coupled with the ICEdot service, assures individuals that in the event of serious head impact, they
are aware of the types of forces that they have experienced, and if they are not responsive,
emergency contacts can be immediately notified.“


PIN Code with a personal profile

ICEdot products protect cyclists, mountain-bikers, skiers, snowboarders and other sports
enthusiasts who are frequently exposed to high risk and are often active on their own. Additional
to the Crash Sensor, the system’s products sync a secure online personal profile with a unique
PIN code. These PINs are placed on easily accessible and visible places – the ICEdot Band on
the wrist or the ICEdot stickers placed on the helmet, ID cards etc. In case of an emergency, first
responders can send the PIN via SMS to the designated number and will receive an automatic
reply containing important information regarding the injured person – a concept, which is highly
appreciated by emergency medical staff. ICEdot has the ability to offer only as much information
as the user wants to be communicated in an emergency.

New features in 2014

In case there is no GPS signal available, the ICEdot system can still help. The user is able to
provide his last recorded position through a simple tracking mechanism. This new feature allows
the dear ones to request the user´s last position before the GPS signal got lost. “The tracking
update enables partners or friends of athletes to find them in case they didn´t show up e.g. at an
arranged point. If somebody happens to be out of signal reach, we are able to provide a starting
point for the search”, says Chris Zenthoefer. Another new feature is the “help-button” which can
be used for a manually operated distress call.

The ICEdot Crash Sensor and the ICEdot Band are priced at €159 and €15.90 respectively. Both
devices will be available on ICEdot’s website and at selected sports retailers.

Check for further information.

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