Senior drivers needed to test road safety technology in the North West
500 drivers over the age of 65 are needed from across the North West to
take part in a new voluntary research project designed to help elderly drivers
stay on the road safely for longer.
Space tech start up company, Satsafe, has developed a unique driver monitoring
system that can detect unusual changes in an individual's driving patterns that
could indicate, for example:- deterioration in eyesight or in reaction times.
Combining black box technology and dash cameras with big data analytics,
Satsafe's 'Telematicam' is a 'plug and play' innovation that
provides safety and security benefit to users and their families. It can also be
used to protect a driver who had been driving safely when an accident has taken
place, providing back up that they weren't speeding or driving erratically at
the time, and alert family and the emergency services that an incident has
occurred and where.
DVLA figures show that more than 4.5 million of the 39 million people holding
driving licences in the UK are aged over 70. And the number of drivers aged over
90 has topped 100,000 for the 1st time.
In an ageing population, driving is an important part of life for a growing
number of elderly drivers, providing freedom and independence, and research
shows that giving up driving can increase depression and isolation. However,
driving can also involve a certain amount of risk and often anxiety, both for
the elderly driver who might be questioning their ability to drive, and for
family who might be worried about them.
Tiny ultra sensitive sensors built in to the Telematicam form an accurate
picture of how safely a car is being driven by an individual, gathering
information on acceleration, braking and cornering forces as well harsh braking
events at junctions which can be an early indicator of failing eyesight. A
notification can be sent to family members if their relative is encountering
difficulties that are potentially putting themselves and others at risk, or in
worse cases, has been involved in an accident.
Satsafe CEO, Stuart Millward, said:- "Maintaining our independence and
mobility for as long as possible is important to so many of us, but safety can
be a concern for all involved. We are really looking forward to working with our
volunteers, to trial our technology and help us develop additional features that
will provide real benefit and peace of mind to themselves and family members.
Ultimately we want to enable people to stay mobile for as long as possible,
while it is safe for them to do so. The key here is early intervention;
notifying families when a parent's driving habits have changed, which may just
indicate that an eye test is needed, could save lives, but can also provide
reassurance if there is concern about the onset of dementia, which could impair
This is quite close to home for Stuart, who recognised when his own father was
showing early stages of dementia that the notification that Dad had gone out and
returned home safely was a key feature that was very warmly received by the
2 years ago, thanks to financial support from the European Space Agency (ESA)
business incubator, Stuart moved his business to the Science and Technology
Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory at Sci-Tech Daresbury in the
Liverpool City Region, to rapidly prototype his unique technology. During this
time, with further substantial support from Innovate UK and the Liverpool City
Region Support Programme, LCR 4.0, he has taken his technology to the next level
thanks to the high performance computing facilities at the STFC Hartree Centre
(which is home to some of the most advanced computing technologies and expertise
in the UK) and the virtual prototyping capabilities of the University of
Liverpool's Virtual Engineering Centre, both of which are also located on site
at the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus.
"It's been a particularly busy, but productive couple of years, but thanks to
the financial support we've had and access to the facilities and expertise on
site here at Sci-Tech Daresbury, that a small businesses like us couldn't
otherwise have accessed anywhere else, we are excited to say that we are ready
to validate our technology with early adopters as we prepare to commercialise
with major insurers in early 2018." added Stuart Millward.
Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC's Daresbury Laboratory, said:- "In its
recently announced Industrial Strategy White Paper, the Government reconfirmed
its commitment to harnessing the power of innovation to help meet the needs of
an ageing society, and to help our older citizens lead independent fulfilled
lives. I can't think of a more fitting example of this than what Satsafe is
doing right now, and I'm thrilled that they are doing it right here at Sci-Tech
Satsafe's move to Sci-Tech Daresbury coincided with its successful bid to become
the lead consortium partner for road safety work package in 'CityVerve'
the UK's £10 million 'Smart City' project, in Manchester,
working closely with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester
and technology giants including Cisco, BT and Ordnance Survey. The aim of CityVerve is to demonstrate the societal, commercial and environmental benefits
of Internet of Things applications within a City, to improve its services in
everything from healthcare and law enforcement, to traffic control and air
quality, creating a smarter, safer City to enhance the quality of life for its
Motorists in the North West, who are aged 65 or over and who would like to
volunteer to trial Satsafe's telematic technology should contact Satsafe via
Merseyside Police arrest a male in connection to recent increase in firearms
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives investigating recent firearms incidents arrested a
25 year old male, on Saturday, 23 December 2017. He is reported to be from the Childwall area of Liverpool and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to
commit grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm. This arrest, we are
told, is related to a recent increase in firearms incidents within the Toxteth area.
He has been taken into custody for questioning.
Detectives are continuing to appeal to anyone who has any information about gun
crime or thinks they know where guns are being stored, to please contact the
Merseyside Police Gun Crime Hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or speak to the independent
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Christmas tree recycling points in
LIVERPOOL Council have opened collection points for people to recycle their
Christmas tree... They will be in place until the end of January in
the following locations:-
► L4: Stanley Park car park.
► L5: Everton Park, Viewing Platform, Netherfield Road
► L7: Newsham Park, Gardener's Drive (Sheil Road end).
► L8: Sefton Park, Review Field, Ullet Road Gate.
► L11: Croxteth Park, Oak Lane car park.
► L15: Wavertree Park Tennis Centre car park.
► L17: Otterspool car park (the 1st car park).
► L18: Calderstones Park, Calderstones Road car park.
► L18: Calderstones Park, Yew Tree Road car park.
► L18: Menlove Avenue/Menlove Gardens triangle.
► L19: Long Lane Recreation Ground, Garston.
► L24: Alderfield Road, Speke, by Millwood.
► L25: Kings Drive central reservation by Sainsbury's.
► L25: Woolton Road, Boys Club car park.
People can also take trees to one of the local recycling centres in Old Swan and
Otterspool... Details can be found on Councils
Householders are being reminded not to leave their green bins out for collection
until 25 February 2018, as the service have been suspended for winter.
RMT have launched a new film and social media
drive supporting workers involved in disputes across the country
THE Rail Union RMT have launched a new film
and social media drive in support of both the:- "Keep The Guard" campaign and
the workers involved in disputes across the country in defence of rail safety.
A short film called:- "Unguarded," weaving together stories from three
individual passengers based on feedback over the past year, is released and
cascaded on social media platforms, from the 28 December 2017. It will be
followed up with short films homing in on the individual passenger stories which
will be released over the next 3 days.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "The RMT is committed to using every tool
at our disposal to defend the role of the guard and to resist the profit driven
moves to throw these safety critical staff off our trains. These films are based
on real experiences that have been fed back to us by both passengers and our
members who deal with the daily reality of the de-staffing of the railway. The
themes that are a constant throughout are safety, security and accessibility on
the railway and we will not allow those messages to get shoved aside in the
barrage of rhetoric from the private companies, the Government and their
cheerleaders at the Rail Delivery Group.
RMT is confident this latest initiative will spark off a new surge in support
for the:- "Keep The Guard" campaign and for our members who find themselves at
the sharp end."
Merseyside residents can make a resolution in 2018 that changes someone else's
THIS year 2,933 people in Merseyside registered to give blood for the 1st time;
will you join them in 2018 and help to save lives?
NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people to make a New Year's resolution
that can change someone else's life, not just their own. In just 1 hour you
could make a quick and easy resolution which saves lives.
Across England, 900,000 people gave blood in 2017. This New Year people in
Merseyside are being asked to be part of an amazing group of people who save
NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain
the supply of life saving blood donations.
Donors are needed from all blood groups and communities, but there is a
particular need for more people from black and Asian communities to donate to
help provide the right mix of blood.
Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:-
"It's New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and
some changes you'd like to make to your life. Perhaps you want to cut down on
drinking, eat more healthily or are considering joining a gym? This year we are
asking people in Merseyside to focus on giving and to register to give blood.
It's easy to sign up and book your 1st appointment online or via our mobile
phone app. By donating blood you will save or improve the lives of up to 3
people. Do something amazing in 2018. Give blood."
In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg)
and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you
should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood
in the last two years to continue donating.
If you are already a blood donor you could consider becoming a platelet donor.
NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs donors with the A negative blood
group as they can help any patient, regardless of blood type. One platelet
donation can help us to three adults or 12 babies or children.
It's quick and easy to register to become a blood donor. Visit:-
or download the app by searching for:- ‘NHSGiveBlood' in the app
store. You can also call the Donor Line on:- 0300 123 23 23.
You can donate platelets at your nearest donor centre. If you already give
blood, ask about platelet donation at your next appointment.