POC’s Digital Helmet Wins Eurobike Award
POC which has built an international reputation on safety, innovation and design has been awarded the Eurobike award 2019 for the Tectal Race SPIN NFC, a digital helmet which integrates Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to aid user safety and protection by storing a riders medical profile in the helmet, allowing the helmet to ‘speak for you when you can’t’.
The Tectal Race SPIN NFC which has all the safety and performance features of the renowned trail and enduro specific Tectal Race SPIN, provides added security thanks to the inclusion of a digital NFC Medical ID Chip. Integrating the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip is unique in a cycling helmet.
POC CEO, Jonas Sjögren, commenting on the award, said “The bike industry is quickly evolving and to win an award amongst so many new and innovative products is humbling and inspiring. Our approach has always been to consider all options to improve safety, even if that means doing something that has never been done before. Over the years we have introduced many firsts with our helmets, be it MIPS, Recco or aramid technology, and with the inclusion of an integrated NFC chip we are developing helmets that can really protect you before, during and after an accident.”
NFC is a wireless data transfer technology which can be uploaded and deleted continuously, requires no battery, or cloud service is virtually weightless and is embedded between the liner and shell to ensure security and readability. It’s a world-first for safety and innovation, plus as a now recognized standard from the International alpine rescue association (ICAR), it has a flourishing network and community
Combined with RECCO reflector technology (included in the Tectal Race SPIN NFC) it’s easier for mountain rescue teams to find you. The separate NFC chip can then be easily read, by rescue teams or other riders, simply by holding an NFC-enabled smartphone over the helmet to instantly give rescuers the information they need at the scene, and support them in making the best judgments for treatment in the vital “Golden Hour” immediately after an accident when the correct treatment is essential.
POC has partnered with the Swedish company, twICEme, to integrate NFC into the Tectal Race SPIN NFC and the Ventral Air SPIN NFC helmets. The Ventral Air SPIN NFC, which features the same high-performance ventilation and extreme lightweight as the Ventral Air SPIN, also integrates an NFC chip and is ideally suited to a multitude of riding styles, adventure, gravel and road.
A leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel, POC was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with a strong mission to ‘protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’, and has received over 60 international awards for technology, innovation and design, including the prestigious Bike industry ‘Brand of the Year’ award.
About twICEme – https://twiceme.org