Friday, November 21, 2003

Preventing swimming pool accidents

Every year, there are numerous deaths in swimming pools around the world which can be prevented. While lifeguards are deployed at most public pools, things can get tricky on a busy day. The most important part of saving a drowning victim is to begin resuscitation within 30 secs. Few secs can be a difference between life and death.
The Poseidon system, a drowning detection system, made by Vision IQ Inc, uses that links underwater cameras to a computer that analyzes movement. Poseidon helps lifeguards monitor what is happening in the pool, maintaining vigilance, and alerting them in seconds to a swimmer in trouble. Very noble idea, I must say.

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