Emirati students’ inventions to avert children being left behind in vehicles

‘Smart child seat’ and ‘the Saver’ to take care of forgotten children in cars

Emirati student Moza Al Ali showing her project for school bus at the Ministry of Interior pavilion uring the opening of International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR), at ADNEC on Tuesday. Photo: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News (story: Binsal)

Abu Dhabi: An Emirati 6th grader believes that her invention of a smart system will help avert the incidents of children being forgotten and left behind inside school bus, which often causes death.

“I sincerely believe that I will never hear about children dying after being left behind inside school bus,” Mozah Khalfan Al Ali, who studies at Al Salama School in Umm Al Quwain, told Gulf News on Wednesday.

She exhibited her invention named ‘My Bus Does Not Forget Me’ at the Ministry of Interior’s pavilion at the eighth edition of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018) in the capital, which ended on Thursday.

Al Ali received the ‘Youngest Inventor’ award from Lt-General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, at ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018.

The recognition was part of the Students Innovation Award in school category that was conducted under the theme ‘Your Innovation Is Our Safety’ for students across the UAE as part of the ISNR.

Al Ali said her smart system would help drivers to know how many children are inside the bus. “A small smart board in front of the driver will show which seats are occupied as sensors installed on all seats are connected to the board.”

The driver will never forget any child before leaving the bus as green light will be on if a child is on a seat, she explained.

Another group of students won the award for their ‘Smart Baby Chair’ that will avert babies being forgotten and left behind in cars.

“We always hear about many incidents of babies being forgotten inside cars. In some cases, they are suffocated to death,” Hassan Ebrahim Al Zarouni, 17, a pupil at Applied Technologies High School in Abu Dhabi, told Gulf News.

The system’s sensor will immediately detect the presence of baby in a locked car and send a text message to the parent’s mobile phone. If the parent does not return within five minutes, the system will send text message to police.

As police may take some time to reach the spot, the system will take care of the child until then. If temperature goes up above the set limit, a fan on top of the smart child seat will automatically switch on to blow cool air. This will avoid suffocation due to high temperature and lack of oxygen, said Al Zarouni, who developed the system along with his schoolmates Ali Abdul Khadar Al Obaidli and Eisa Salem.

They won second place in the Students Innovation Award.

Two Emirati students from Khor Fakkan in Sharjah also invented a similar system and won third prize in the award.

“Recently, an Emirati mother forgot her infant child in the car in our town. When the child panicked and knocked on the car window, she was rescued and moved to a hospital,” Aliah Ebrahim Al Hosani, a 12th grader at Bahithat Albadiya Secondary School, told Gulf News.

“Fortunately the child survived!” This incident encouraged Al Hosani and her classmate Nama Sulaiman Al Naqbi to develop a smart system to avert such incidents.

‘The Saver’ system with sensors will call the parent’s mobile phone as soon as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are formed when a child is inside the car. This will avoid suffocation and possible death, they said.

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