IoT idea: Traffic Accident Detector

Last updated: 14 November 2019

The Internet of Things can save lives. We’ve mentioned this before when covering the story of 16 year old Kenneth Shinozuka who created a device that could tell him, via his mobile phone, when his Alzheimer’s suffering granddad wandered out of bed.

As part of our IoT Maker challenge, we’ve mocked up a blueprint for a concept submission we received on the blog from Thang Nguyen. Thang’s idea uses the Internet of Things to alert hospitals of nearby road traffic accidents in real time. There are already solutions to contact emergency services automatically in case of a car accident (like the eCall standard), but combining this innovation with mobile health monitors makes it a tantalizing prospect.

As the image denotes, if two vehicles collide on a road, the crash would trigger a nearby CCTV camera, or sensor that is able to communicate not only where the emergency services should go to help, but also how they can help. Driver’s wearing pulse monitoring tech would have their vital statistics detected and relayed direct to nearby paramedics, on their way to provide care.

Just a concept at the moment, but that’s all we’re asking for from you to enter our IoTMaker challenge. Of course, given the shortlisted entries stand a chance of actually being developed using the Cinterion Concept Board, they have to be somewhat realistic!

As a reminder for anyone still contemplating an IoT idea that could one day save the lives of people all over the world – or just make their lives easier – here’s a reminder of the judging criteria:

  • Viability – is this buildable? Of course this is an important criterion for us, as we want to develop a demo of it with you, ideally using our Concept Board, to show off at MWC 2015.
  • Creativity – is it a clever way of solving the problem? Is it what mathematicians and physicists might call an ‘elegant solution’?
  • Real-world value – is it a problem that needs to be solved? This is hard to assess as, in a big world with a diverse problem set varying by geography, culture, social class, job role and more, one man’s value is another man’s nonsense. So we’re not going to use ‘commercial potential’ as a criterion, but try to give ‘value’ in the broader sense some consideration.
  • Originality – is it very similar to something that’s already out there?

Tweet us your ideas using #IoTMaker challenge or send an email to by the 30th November to enter!

Update: The entry window for the IoT Maker challenge has now closed, stay tuned to the blog for more information.