Mountain Rescue Ireland attend hundreds of incidents every year. Up to 25% of these incidents take place in the dark, 20% of these incidents involve a helicopter being sent out and 20% of these cases are a result of people getting lost. In order to reduce the huge expenses and risks faced by Mountain Rescue Ireland, it is first necessary to look at reducing the number of incidents they are required to attend to.
Beacon is a product designed to guide lost hikers home and aid in rescuing those who are in need of help. Beacon is manufactured from luminous plastic and absorbs UV rays from the sun throughout the day. These UV rays excite the phosphors contained within the plastic and this produces a bright glow that lasts throughout the night. The design also features emergency contact details and the exact geographic location of the sign to aid in rescue missions.
This location is given in the form of ‘what3words’. What3words is a system adopted by emergency responders globally. Every 3m x 3m square on earth has been given 3 specific words and these words indicate the exact location of the square.
Beacon is designed to slot over fence posts which are of a standard size and found along the majority of walking and hiking routes. Beacon would be secured in place to these fence posts with tamper-proof screws.