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NZi-VITAL Report Summary

Project ID: 744663

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NZi-VITAL (Novel Smart Motorcycle helmet with integrated health monitoring system, accident detection and eCall compliance.)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

NZi-VITAL addresses challenges in the SMEs innovation research for Transport and Smart Cities Mobility, contributing to the European transport sector by providing cost-efficient solutions for reducing PTW fatalities.

It is a new motorcycle helmet, with software APP allowing for real time health monitoring, and accident detection, warning the rider to prevent possible accidents or health hazards, and triggering an eCall, accurately providing information to emergency services through communication module in case of an accident (position, and driver’s consciousness).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Validation in Germany and Spain has happened, including users and experts from relevant fields: medical, engineering and motorcycle riders. They valued the safety features of NZi-VITAL, with its high potential for saving lives through faster and efficient emergency assistance. Autonomous energy supply was seen as a compelling feature (reliability). A patent is granted in Spain: Motorcycle helmet for accidents detection and notification, and health monitoring (2610034, 25/04/17).

Prototypes need optimisation (PCB design, and electronics for maximum reliability, and functional robustness); costs target are likely to be achieved (system size, power consumption and ease of integration, for a 220€ unit’s cost); and industrial production challenges are known, integrating electronics into current production lines, new delivery channels, with marketing focused on social networks. Market drivers include rising fatalities, increased adoption of advanced helmets, and track on health status in helmets, all relevant to NZi-VITAL.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

NZi-VITAL is a unique combination of multiple features (autonomous, health monitoring, accidents and consciousness detection, eCall compliant), but competing solutions are close, meaning that there is a window of opportunity to hit the market, and PCT submission will be key.
This NZi-VITAL project is the right approach to stimulate SMEs: adding to their portfolio, an innovative product, that mean challenges, but promises to be rewarded far better than other products. From 2020, NZi will have additional revenues of 3 to 4 MEUR, with gross profit of 1 to 1,5 MEUR in 3 years. Due to competitiveness identified, an early funding granted by the EC for the Phase 2 of this project is fundamental for NZi.

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