Dash cam designed to prevent child car deaths

SafeKam system to guard against children being left in hot cars

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Dash cam designed to prevent child car deaths dTec SafeKam has been created to raise the alarm if a child is trapped inside a car.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 11, 2018

A new dash cam has been designed to prevent children dying after accidentally becoming trapped in vehicles in hot weather.

The dTec SafeKam has been created by a husband and wife team to help raise the alarm if a child is left in a car. The device is also intended to automatically raise an alarm if the vehicle is involved in a crash.

Australian couple Taleese and Shane Penna created the dash cam after their two year old son locked himself in their car in the middle of summer. Luckily the couple found their son in time, but the incident and the high numbers of child deaths from such accidents led to them designing the device and launching it as a project on crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.

The camera utilises a PIR motion detection cell that will monitor the interior of the vehicle when it is turned off. If movement is detected after a preset time of the car being turned off an alert SMS message will be sent to three programmed numbers of the owner's choice, including a picture of the interior of the vehicle, a GPS co-ordinate and temperature information. This alert can also be manually operated in a 'Panic' situation by holding a device button down.

The SafeKam also includes features so that in the event of an accident, an alert message is sent out, and driver fatigue alerts.

The plug-and-play device includes a high quality loop record Dash Camera, and can also act as a wi-fi hotspot for all occupants.

The cam is currently seeking funding through an IndieGoGo campaign.

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