Open Letter to the ICAR Community

The ICAR Community

We read the report on accident prevention from 2007. We were intrigued by the discussion around the necessity of digital tools and innovation versus using intuition in prevention of accidents. Technology does not possess neither the intuition nor the respect for nature which comes from extensive mountain experience. Therefore, it should by no means replace the knowledge of the mountain rescue community. However, technology can be used as an aid and can be of high importance in emergency situations. The calling for collaboration between rescue organisations and innovative brands within the industry, i.e. third way projects, is therefore of high interest. 

twICEme Identification

We are a company called twICEme and exist to enable first responders to access critical medical information, streamline first response operations and reduce lead time during emergencies.  

This season, helmets equipped with the twICEme tags will start to appear worldwide. The helmets will be marked with the twICEme logos which indicate the integration of an NFC chip (Near Field Communication). These chips store vital and personal medical information which can be displayed by a simple tap with a smartphone, everywhere at any time. By downloading our free app called “twICEme” in App Store or Google Play, the information will be displayed intuitively.

Our mission

Our objective is to use twICEme to grant rapid access to information which can lead to faster response times in rescue operations. We want to bridge the gap between equipment producers, the rescue community and sport practitioners. In doing this, we can share the vast experience and knowledge for the members of ICAR and keep an open dialog in a community within safety. Ultimately, this contributes to our mission which is to save lives.

We want to stress that there is no commercial interest in this for us and twICEme is, and always will be, free of charge for rescue organisations. We simply want to offer a solution to a problem and build a community based on knowledge and experience. 

This is why we urge you to contact us, either by phone or email, so that we can inform you in greater detail about the simple method. We will also be at the ICAR 2019 conference in Zakopane. Our stand location will be available early august. 

I hope to speak to you soon.

Phone: +46 76 896 12 64

Best Regards,

Christian Connolly

CEO twICEme Identification

Magazine award and mentions from OR 2019 and ISPO 2019

We are immensely proud of the response to our technology in the market and want to share some magazine views of twICEme NFC medical ID.

Gearpatrol says “POC Launches a Helmet That Can Quite Possibly Save Your Life” and “POC’s Helmet Technology Sets the New Standard for Safety”

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Freeskier awards OBEX BC Spin with “Best of Show”. “Designed for skiers who frequent the skin track, the Obex BC Spin incorporates life-saving technology via a near field communication (NFC) chip that can be used to help first responders in medical emergency situations. By storing the user’s medical data on the chip, responders–including ski patrol and search and rescue organizations–can access that information through an app (called myiceinfo) to better guide their first response decisions. When a traumatic injury happens, time is of the essence and because of a one-year exclusivity deal, the Obex BC Spin is the only helmet on the market with this technology right now”

Best of Show Freeskier

Best of Show Freeskier

SKI Magazine names POC OBEX BC one of their “Outdoor Retailer Showstoppers 2019” (link) and Outside Magazine names it “Best for the Resort” in their Best Ski Helmets of 2019 (link).

Image from  Boardsportsource

Image from Boardsportsource

In the Snow comments that twICEme “…allows the helmet to communicate for you and help first responders in the critical ‘Golden hour’ after an accident.” (link).

On Das Medizin Blog, Albert Meier from the DSLV, sees a lot of benefit in this: "If the emergency services are involved in this idea, I think that makes extremely sense," he says. "When the going gets tough, it can be an important time advantage."

twICEme and POC awards winners at ISPO in Munich  

The new ski helmet Obex BC from the Swedish company POC has been awarded at ISPO in Munich. The helmet is equipped with NFC chip (tag) from twICEme and has been developed to support getting the right help quickly after an accident, which can be the difference between life and death. Integrating the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip is unique in a snow sports industry. The NFC technology of twICEme enables you to communicate with the helmet and it protect you even after an accident as the NFC chip holds your details and medical ID profile. 

With an NFC ID chip integrated in the helmet, anyone with a NFC enabled smartphone will be able to retrieve the information in an instant, potentially helping medical professionals make the best judgements for treatment within the vital ”Golden Hour” after an accident has occurred. 

NFC, Near Field Communication, is a wireless data transfer technology. The NFC chip can be loaded with your medical ID profile, read via a smartphone, to support rescuers. It requires no battery, or cloud service, and can be updated/changed. The NFC chip is virtually weightless, imbedded between the liner and shell to ensure security and readability. 

"To have access to critical and accurate information about the patient can be absolutely vital in an emergency situation" says ambulance nurse Tim Wiklund with experience of over 200 rescue missions with ambulance helicopters. 

Two of the advantages of the twICEme solution are that the Medical ID tag in the helmet does not contain any battery and that one can read information without access to the Internet.

About ISPO: The world’s largest multi-segment trade fair for the sports business. At ISPO Munich, more than 2,800 international exhibitors present their latest products from the segments Snowsports, Outdoor, Health & Fitness, Urban, Teamsports, Vision, Trends, Innovation & Industry Services and Manufacturing & Suppliers to around 85,000 visitors from 120 countries. 

About POC: POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel, has been awarded more than 60 international safety, design, and innovation awards. Founded in 2005 in Sweden, POC’s mission is to ‘protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’. 

International Commission for Alpine Rescue signes Partnership Agreement

In a step closer towards the goal of bringing together safety equipment producers and rescue organisations to form a community with the mission of saving lives, twICEme has signed a deal with International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR).

President Franz Stöfli signed the Partnership Agreement together with the chairman of twICEme; Björn W Ericsson mid January 2019. The agreement is based on the purpose of mutual benefit and gives twICEme the opportunity to present their technical solution to the mountain rescue community.

In doing this, twICEme can continue on its objective of giving first responders the ability to rapidly access essential medical information which reduces lead time in rescue operations. If all actors within such a large network has access to this new innovation, the impact such an invention can be enlarged and in that way, more lives can be saved.

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