A public swimming pool Grossroehrsdorf, Germany (illustration). (DPA / AFP / MATTHIAS Hiekel)
Every summer, despite the mandatory protections already provided by law, the children escape the vigilance of their relatives and drown in pools. Given this situation, the start-up market for new devices to further enhance security.
Today in France, the owner of a fully or partially buried swimming pool must install at least one equipment safety, whether a tarp, a protective barrier, a pool cover or an alarm detects falls into the pool. Do not do incur a fine of up to 45,000 euros
-. 436 drowning deaths in the summer of 2015 –
Despite the mandatory safeguards, if helpful a child falls into the water or if he tries to approach only the pool, pool drownings account for almost a quarter of accidental drowning, according to the national public health agency. This identified 436 drowning deaths (adults and children) in the summer of 2015.
The institution is a “lack of oversight” in three drownings in four for children under 6 who represent more than half of the victims in the pool and 15% of accidental drowning deaths each year.
start up thus develop state of the art systems, in addition to protections around the pools, offering accessories worn by the individuals themselves
-. A tag connected –
After 10 years of testing and 1.5 million euros of investment, the tag “No Stress” comes to surface with a first run of 5,000 kits (there were 1.7 million private pools in France in 2013).
“There is no equivalent system. We are the only ones with a multi-purpose object and connected” on mobile, says Nicolas Osanno, Executive Director french manufacturer Nextpool / SoKool.
the tag can be worn at the ankle if you want the child does not fall into the water, strap if the child has the right to set foot in water or necklace if allowed to go into the water without swimming.
It is connected either to a kind of baby monitor type housing that receives information and emits audible and visual alarm or a smartphone provided with the application. Monitoring can be replicated from a smartphone to other smartphones.
You can monitor up to six children, not just in the pool but on all water points, the kit monitored by child amounting to 70 euros
-. A bracelet with integrated buoy –
another anti-drowning bracelet, orange and also any tech jewel, was recently developed by the American start up kingii.
Its name refers to the Australian lizard, kingii Chlamydosaurus, which includes, when threatened, a kind of large collar to intimidate the opponent.
for activating a lever button bracelet, a buoy inflates like an airbag on the wrist and can be traced back to the surface to float. The CO2 cartridge that fills the buoy is replaceable. The accessory, with a compass and a whistle, is reusable and sale in Europe since April.
It is “the smallest inflatable object in the world,” said on its website internet kingii President Tom Agapiades, who devised this rescue device after the drowning of a friend.
Seventy-eight times lighter than a life jacket, does kingii not intended to replace. But it is an additional safety measure for swimmers, water sports and even fishermen. Provided, however they do not exceed 130 kilos.