Smart Reflector Improves Pedestrian Safety

A smart reflector can enhance pedestrian safety (Source: VTT)

A smart reflector with integrated sensors and LEDs can enhance pedestrian safety (Source: VTT)

In collaboration with the Coreplast Laitila Oy, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has created a reflector that can be wirelessly controlled via a mobile phone application. This involves equipping a traditional reflector with sensors, LED lights, and wireless charging and communication.

For example, when a pedestrian is approaching a dangerous crossing the reflector can be made to blink and alert car drivers. In the future, it could communicate directly with smart traffic lights or cars to warn e.g. a turning truck driver that a pedestrian is in the area of a crossing.

The new smart reflector is a concrete example of enhancing everyday objects with completely new functionalities by connecting them to the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, a group of kindergarten children can be given a common indicator color that makes it easier to keep the group together. If one child wanders too far from the others, his or her reflector can be made to blink in a bright warning color. Furthermore, it is possible to connect the reflector to other on-line activities such as mobile gaming, which could make it more attractive among teenagers. Reflectors could be set to shine in a common tribal color or to react in real-time to gaming actions and to the track to which the user is listening.

“We are actively seeking new concepts and ideas based on which IoT technology can be used to create new types of services and bring a little more magic into our everyday lives,” explains Vesa Pentikäinen, Research Team Leader at VTT.

The smart reflector prototype is presented for the first time at Coreplast Laitila’s stand (Hall 4.2, stand B15) at the Paperworld 2016 Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany, from 31.1. to 2.2.2016. (Source: VTT)

Links: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Oulu, Finland • Coreplast Laitila Oy, Laitila, Finland

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