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A system to prevent accidental child deaths by alerting parents when children are left in a car

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238303D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system, comprised of a proximity device and an alert device, to prevent parents or other caregivers from accidentally leaving a child alone in a hot vehicle.

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A system to prevent accidental child deaths by alerting parents when children are left in a car
Every summer, children die when left in a car heated by the sun to extreme temperatures. More than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the non-profit safety group Kids and Cars. [1]

Known solutions depend on visual, manual, or third party reminders, such as: [2]


Keeping a large stuffed animal in the car seat when it is empty, and then moving that object to the front seat when the child is placed in the seat

When leaving the child at the child care location, have the partner call to make sure the child was not left in the car
Always looking inside the front and back of the car before walking away

None of these solutions is completely reliable, because each requires the parent to remember a preparatory action or depends on other people. A more reliable method is needed to prevent parents or other caregivers from accidentally leaving a child in a hot vehicle.

The novel solution is a system that quietly monitors the condition a child that has been potentially left alone , and then triggers an alert to the caregiver. The system is comprised of two devices. The proximity deviceis an unpowered near field communication (NFC) enabled tag worn by the child. This can be a tag attached to the child's clothing or a wearable object (e.g., wrist/ankle band). The alert device is integrated or attached to the child seat within the car and powered from internal 12V power with backup batteries. As long as the car is running (as determined from being powered through the 12V outlet), the alert device remains in standby mode .

When the vehicle is turned off, this also turns off the 12V power supply. The alert device then switches to monitoring mode and continuously monitors the proximity of the c...