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Olea Announces the OleaVision In-Vehicle ‘Life Presence' Detector

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【Summary】Olea Sensor Networks, a company working on intelligent sensors and analytic software for sensor network-based systems announced the OleaVision in-Vehicle Life Presence Detector, a platform for developing an in-cabin device to prevent hot car deaths of kids and pets left unattended in vehicles.

Eric Walz    Jan 26, 2018 9:00 AM PT
Olea Announces the OleaVision In-Vehicle ‘Life Presence' Detector
author: Eric Walz   

RENO, NV — Olea Sensor Networks, a company working on intelligent sensors and analytic software for sensor network-based systems announced the OleaVision in-Vehicle Life Presence Detector, a platform for developing an in-cabin device to prevent hot car deaths of kids and pets left unattended in vehicles.

Last year in the U.S. 42 children died of heatstroke after being left in a vehicle. By July, normally the hottest month, the figure was already more than the previous year, according to Jan Null, a certified consulting meteorologist with the Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at San Jose State University. This "is the highest we've ever had," said Null, who logs these and other statistics on the website noheatstroke.org.

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The OleaVision Sensor

This detector from Olea includes a wireless, contactless device, which installs in the cabin of any vehicle over the door of the back seat. The device is able to detect the presence of a living being in the vehicle cabin, even if the subject is motionless or sleeping, using Olea's proprietary continuous vital sign detection technology.

The system utilizes an UWB sensor with advanced detection algorithms that detects small low-frequency variations a human presence produces, which stand out against the background signal, which is mainly affected by wideband noise. With Olea's advanced machine learning and human presence detection algorithms, the system is able to analyze the environment and detect a living presence.

The system is designed to send an alert to the driver of the car after they are about to or have exited the vehicle.  The device has the ability to detect the vital signs of even a motionless child or pet and alert a caretaker by sending an urgent message via their smartphone. Additionally, it can be programmed to alert first responders, in the absence of action by the vehicle's caretaker.

"Heat stroke is the second leading cause of deaths in vehicles for children and according to the ASPCA, thousands of animals, even K-9 officers, succumb each year because they are left alone in vehicles." explained Frank Morese, Olea CEO/CTO and Founder. "Furthermore, pending legislation in the U.S. may mandate installation of a warning device in all vehicles in an effort to prevent these deaths. The OleaVision technology lends itself to easy entrance into the automotive aftermarket, is as user friendly as a smoke detector and can be made very affordable for the consumer."

Currently, Olea Sensor Networks is aggressively seeking commercial partners and distributors to bring this much needed technology to prevent hot car deaths of people and animals.

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