Will Safe Mate wristband help save lives on Australian beaches?
Lifeguards have their work cut-out when they are faced with an extreme situation. In any such situations time and information are primal as it could mean the difference between life and death for a person who got into any such condition. Keeping this in mind, Australia-based Safe Mate in association with Manly Life Saving Club has ventured out on a pilot program with the aim of making Manly the safest beach in Australia. Safe Mate, the NFC-enabled wristband has all your vital information like phone number, medicare number, private insurance number, blood group, type of allergies, medical history and any other important documents. In a distress situation, this information can be accessed by a lifeguard or medics via the compatible Safe Mate Public App on their smartphone to give the necessary first aid.
Safe Mate wristband also comes handy in case a small child gets lost on a crowded beach and is unable to find his/her parents. In that situation the lifeguards or beach authorities can access the phone numbers and make a call to the parents to return back their child.
Ewan Le Bourhis, Founder Safe Mate and an IT engineer got the inspiration to make such a wearable device when once he almost had a brush with death while surfing on the beach. He realized that it is paramount for the first responders to have as much information as possible when they are trying to help a person who got stuck in such situation.
The wristband is going through trial phase at the Manly beach with almost one hundred people volunteering for helping out the makers in improving the functionality of the band even further. Hopefully the Safe Mate band will soon be accepted around the globe by first responders like lifeguards and nippers.