Blackline Signs Exclusive Agreement, Launching True Fall Detection
September 23, 2011
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – Sept. 23, 2011) – Blackline GPS (“Blackline”) (TSX VENTURE:BLN) is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Spantec GmbH for exclusive rights to their fall detection intellectual property that will be implemented within future Blackline mobile worker safety solutions as True Fall Detection™.
“It’s been a pleasure to have partnered with Spantec – our industry leading safety solutions will significantly benefit from their proven fall detection expertise,” said Cody Slater, Blackline CEO. “True Fall Detection represents a generational leap forward for Blackline by capturing and reporting fall events in real time, while virtually eliminating false alarms.”
True Fall Detection complements Blackline’s technology portfolio while broadening safety solutions beyond the primary space of lone workers to the general commercial safety marketplace, including construction, delivery services, and other mobile personnel.
Future Blackline safety solutions that feature True Fall Detection will incorporate embedded micro-electro-mechanical sensors (MEMS) including accelerometers and gyroscopes that detect three-dimensional acceleration and rotation of a body in motion. Spantec’s leading processing techniques continuously analyze data streaming from MEMS sensors, differentiating the signature of a fall from the profile of general activity.
“Spantec’s technology processes real-time MEMS data for tell-tale signals that a person has fallen, in contrast to that person jumping off the tailgate of a truck or running down stairs,” said Armin Blaha, Spantec founder & CEO. “We’re confident that our software expertise will greatly complement Blackline’s solutions and improve their ability to deliver powerful safety solutions to the market. Through the process of co-developing and testing our algorithm with Blackline, we’ve truly proven that its high performance and automatic nature differentiates our technology from anything else on the market.”
Blackline will launch its first safety solution featuring True Fall Detection early in fiscal year 2012. Blackline has a patent pending on the integration of True Fall Detection within personal safety solutions.
About Blackline: Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Blackline is an industrial safety and commercial product manufacturer. The company solutions address work environments focused on employee safety, while also offering connected hardware to improve security and communicate logistical information of company assets. The industrial business aims to supply growing global legislated and regulated markets, with service plans that provide functionality based on product hardware. The Company maintains a suite of products and services which service the consumer and retail environment. Blackline’s technology, dedication and vision combine to create an ever-growing suite of tools designed to Protect. Share. Connect.®
About Spantech: Spantec GmbH is an Austrian start-up and was founded in April 2008. The company name Spantec stands for Sensor Platform and Network Technologies. Spantec offers technology for innovative, electronic feedback systems within diverse areas such as telemedicine, industrial safety and energy. The core technology is NEON – a high performance sensor platform delivered to 3rd party companies. In combination with the intelligent Network Technology “SWARM – Secure Wireless Access Remote Methods”, the system provides a wide spectrum of applications in the industry and the sports sector. Besides the headquarters in Linz, Spantec has an office in Vienna where the development team is located.
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