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New technology to send alerts when quad bike incidents occur

The University of New England is trialling a new quad bike roll-over alarm that could prove to be a life saver for rural workers.

The alarm will send an alert to the home of the rider, or a contact, if a quad bike roll-over occurs. Used in conjunction with a GPS tracker, the rider's whereabouts will be easily identified, enabling a rapid emergency response.

Harrington Systems Electronics Director, William Harrington, said his company developed the tool in response to the increase in quad bike incidents and fatalities in Australia due to roll-overs and long rescue times.

"This device can potentially save an injured quad bike rider's life by speeding up the rescue effort, especially in remote areas or isolated locations on many Queensland properties," he said.

"Rather than waiting several hours, by which time the rider could be suffering further from exposure to the elements, the quad-bike senses a roll-over and immediately sends a signal. The device is also able to capture the rider's behaviour and send an alert if the bike is being operated in an inappropriate way.

"The alert will be sent to your contact as a text message, landline phone call or email via the mobile phone network. We believe this technology will be beneficial to many agricultural businesses and rural properties. Due to its size, it can be easily installed on any quad bike."

Mr Harrington and UNE have been researching the system for two years with the aim to have it ready for the public later this year.

Further information

For more information on quad bike safety visit: www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/forms-and-resources/newsletter/esafe-newsletters/esafe-editions/esafe-rural/may-2015/breaking-news/new-technology-to-send-alerts-when-quad-bike-incidents-occur