Rearward-facing Child Safety Seat


In 1972 Swedish car manufacturer Volvo took
inspiration from astronauts lying on their backs during take-off to even out gravitational forces. They used that basic principle to develop the first rearward-facing child seats. The chairs help distribute the power over a larger area in a frontal collision — the most common and often the most serious type of collision. This groundbreaking work began as early as 1964 with the first prototype. New developments to further improve the child seat keep coming from this Swedish safety icon.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se

Sensys Gatso

Sensys Gatso’s advanced traffic safety
technologies can be used to track vehicle
speeds, traffic volume, pollution and noise.
Primarily used for automatic traffic enforcement, their systems are also used to monitor and enforce low-emission zones in urban areas, as well as highway congestion management. Their traffic enforcement platform Puls is an intelligent, compatible and incorruptible data analytics platform that collects data and sends it to government institutions for enforcement and control purposes. Puls takes input from camera systems and other data sources, correlates events and can apply diverse logic to detect events of interest in real-time.

Photo: Embassy of Sweden in US

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Hövding 3

The world’s safest bicycle helmet isn’t even
a helmet. The Hövding 3 is an airbag for
cyclists that is worn around the neck like
a collar. Sensors inside the collar read the
cyclist’s movement pattern 200 times per
second. In the event of an accident, the airbag inflates in 0.1 seconds around the head and neck like a protective hood. Hövding’s airbag technology protects up to eight times better than traditional bicycle helmets.

 

Photo: Hövding

Senseair

Senseair is a leading global provider of air and gas sensing technology. Senseair — working in partnership with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, a U.S. non-profit representing the leading automobile manufacturers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — has developed the next generation of alcohol
detection sensor that allows for contact-free,
unobtrusive measurement of alcohol levels
from breath. The sensor is designed for use in multiple applications, including planes, trains and automobiles. Displayed here is the Senseair Wall, an indoor device adapted for daily testing of staff responsible for critical safety operations.

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Photo: Senseair

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Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

Natalia Project

Natalia Project is a worldwide security alarm
system for human rights defenders at risk,
allowing them to move and do their work more freely with confidence that the world is watching. The alarm system was launched in 2013 by the Sweden-based human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders. Once activated, a distress signal including a GPS location is sent to the Civil Rights Defenders headquarters in Stockholm, setting in motion a response protocol developed specifically for the local circumstances. The ability to act quickly can be the difference between life and death. More than 160 human rights defenders are included in the Natalia Project.

 

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