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Daimler is to paste Quick Response (QR)
code stickers on to its Mercedes-Benz cars.
The black-and-white square barcodes are
designed to help firefighters and para-
medics get critical information needed to
save car crash victims.
The QR codes direct smartphones to a
webpage showing how to cut into each
type of vehicle to free its passengers.
The firm said it had waived the right to
patent the innovation so that others could
use it free of charge.
Until now, Daimler said, if a vehicle was
damaged beyond recognition, emergency
workers might have to call in its registra-
tion plate to obtain the necessary details.
"[It] informs about the location of the
airbags, the battery, the tanks, electric ca-
bles, high-pressure cylinders and other
components---in the case of hybrid models
the location of the additional batteries and
high-voltage cables, too," a press release
"This information can save lives, because
in an emergency every action counts and
every second is precious."
The idea builds on an existing campaign
by Adac---the German automobile club---to
encourage drivers to keep an A4 sheet of
paper containing a "rescue map" inside
their sun visor.
Mercedes said it would stick one QR
code onto the inside surface of each vehi-
cle's petrol tank flap and another on to the
pillar built between the two doors on the
car's other side, since it is rare that both
areas are badly damaged in an accident.
This is not the first time such informa-
tion has been offered in digital form.
Moditech, Field Applications and Extrac-
tion Zones are among companies already
offering apps which provide a range of car
schematics targeted at the emergency
However, a QR code offers the advan-
tage that the rescue worker would not
have to match a vehicle to the relevant dia-
gram in the app's library.
Even so, Daimler's innovation threatens
to be superseded by another technology
before the end of the decade.
The European Commission is helping
fund development of eCall---an initiative
which proposes that vehicles carry a device
that calls an emergency number in the case
of a serious accident. It would send details
of the car's location, design and other rele-
vant information even if the driver fell un-
Mercedes-Benz adds QR codes to save car crash victims
It was an emotional day for many who
travelled to Nelson Island on May 25 to wit-
ness the first official re-enactment of East-
indian indentured labourers arrival to T&T.
Some were visibly moved as Princess Town
theatre company, Iere Productions Ltd, con-
vincingly went through their paces, capturing
the imagination of onlookers who seemed to
by trying to appreciate the harsh reality of
their ancestors experience.
The re-enactment was organised by a Cab-
inet-appointed committee chaired by historian
and genealogist, Shamshu Deen and included
government archivist Avril Belfron.
Saturday s event was intended for govern-
ment officials and other dignitaries in atten-
dance were President Anthony Carmona and
several government ministers including AG
Anand Ramlogan, Legal Affairs minister
Prakash Ramadhar, Minister of Gender, Youth
and Child Development Marlene Coudray and
National Diversity and Social Integration Min-
ister, Clifton De Coteau. Indian High Com-
missioner Malay Mishra was also among the
dignitaries at Nelson Island.
Minister from the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, Rodger Samuel, delivered the feature
speech on behalf of PM Persad-Bissessar who
was unable to attend.
"They came to these shores tired and hun-
gry from a long journey at sea, after crossing
the "Kala Pani," but, most importantly, they
came with hope and a spirit of adventure,"
said Samuel. "Indeed, the Indian community
has made, and continues to make, an indelible
mark on the national landscape of T&T."
The minister said the re-enactment would
help to raise • Continues on Page B2
The indentured Indians were fumigated on their arrival at Nelson Island.
PHOTOS: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Members of the
Princess Town theatre
Productions Ltd play
arriving by boat to
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