Last year in the Transcontinental Race four of the 78 starters were taken out by cars during the race. A somewhat high attrition rate to say the least … While one cannot control what hits you, one thing you can do is carry appropriate ID so that people are notified of an accident. For many years I’ve used a RoadID ‘dog tag’ with my name and the World Bank’s emergency contact details on it (they have a 24 h manned emergency line), but there is a new system out there called ICEdot which is a marked improvement which I’m now using.
There are two products offered by ICEDot:
- A wrist band Emergency ID and helmet stickers. These contain a code which when an SMS is sent to a number on the band/stickers returns some key data via SMS. You set up a profile on the web which lists the key data that you want sent in response to an SMS being received. Below is what I’ve put in: I’m an asthmatic and they should contact my wife Lis.
- A crash sensor which is affixed to your helmet (my POC is specifically designed for it). In the event of critical forces, the sensor triggers the app over low-energy Bluetooth to sound an alarm and initiate an emergency countdown. Unless the countdown clock is stopped, the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident so that appropriate follow up actions can be taken. The sensor recharges via a USB cable and has about 20 h of life before it needs another recharge.
I’m really happy with the wrist band – it’s quite comfortable to wear – and my wife is especially happy with this extra layer of ‘protection’ over my RoadID. Hopefully they won’t be needed, but for a very modest cost, the ICEDot system gives great peace of mind.