MT Helmets’ new Alert system is said to help save lives. In the event of an accident or in emergency, MT Alert allows a rider to send an SMS message, including GPS location, to multiple nominated recipients via a smartphone – without the need to remove the helmet or use voice activation.
MT Alert is based on the Near Field Communication (NFC) NearVox platform. The helmet has a designated area on the chin bar where, if an NFC-enabled smartphone is held near for ten seconds, it will automatically activate, sending the emergency text message. The ten-second delay allows the system to be turned off if unintentionally activated.
Whether you do a lot of green-laning, touring or just commuting, this could certainly have great advantages, the GPS location saving you having to try and accurately identify somewhere alien.
Once the smartphone and helmet have been brought together for the first time, the NearVox software is installed permanently. Phone and helmet are linked from then on. This can also be done manually from the smartphone’s menu.
The system is absolutely free, with no subscriptions or costly apps, and it’s available now with the new MT Blade helmet.
The disadvantage for the overlander is that the new Blade helmet is a full-face lid, but we suspect the technology will soon be introduced on their flip-fronts and X-tour type helmets too. We tested a flip-front Raptor model earlier.
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