KPN Safe Lock

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To keep kids’ smartphones from distracting them whereas they trip their bicycle, we made the distractions completely disappear. We enhanced the KPN cellular network, enabling it to temporarily block all information- and voice communication to a smartphone, and developed a bicycle lock - the Safe Lock - that acts as a binary switch. When the lock is open, all information- and voice communication to and from the child’s smartphone is briefly blocked. Shut the lock, and children can freely use their smartphone once more. Such a lock is customary on Dutch children’s bikes, so that they won’t need to learn any new habits so as to switch the functionality off or on. In case of an emergency, the alarm quantity can still be reached. With the Safe Lock, KPN has turn into the first telecom supplier on the earth to increase the visitors safety of its youngest customers by temporarily blocking their cellular network. The Safe Lock can be offered in all KPN Shops for an estimated retail value of €100, starting in 2018. The primary Safe Lock was released in June 2017. Its introduction was widely reported by both national and worldwide press, including The brand new York Instances, The Washington Publish and The Verge, and reached over 180 million individuals worldwide. The initial press launch additionally issued an open invitation to telecom suppliers worldwide, to collaborate with us on the introduction of this answer around the globe. We believe that this innovation can be implemented in a variety of transportation modes, including vehicles, and provides a robust resolution to an issue that will grow to be increasingly pressing within the years to come. Particularly amongst youthful drivers. Our problem was to cut back smartphone-associated accidents amongst children riding their bicycle, which are rising quick within the Netherlands. In order to find out what was causing them, we studied the results of smartphones on visitors safety among kids, in partnership with a neuroscientific analysis institute, and found that smartphones pose a constant menace of distraction to cycling children - even after they aren’t utilizing them. Notifications like WhatsApp messages immediately reduce their concentrate on the visitors round them. Kids can’t help being curious, and smartphone notifications demand instantaneous attention. Current choices to dam distractions or limit the usability of smartphones are limited. And apps or recent improvements comparable to Apple’s Car Mode or Samsung’s Do not Distract mode both should be turned on manually, which is well forgotten or can simply be switched off. An irresistible temptation for a era that all the time wants to remain in contact with their mates. This idea is brilliant by its obviousness. Influence as a result of it's a giant group of individuals that might use it. It is so good it needs to be a law, it’s ought to be obliged for people to use this. It innovates and conjures up the industry by developing an open source resolution. We really feel this is a means of making use of creativity to make a significant distinction in society.