last 20 Dec of the Royal Decree mandating the use of geolocated emergency beacons from January 1, 2026, the first of these approved V16 lamps will be sold in Spain by the Spanish company Netun Solutions.
Help Flash IoT is an emergency signaling mechanism, effective for improving road safety in the event of a standstill, breakdown or accident, as it automatically connects to
Traffic control centers DGT and immediately warns of an obstacle on the road, reducing the risk to the driver and to other vehicles.
The price is €59.95 and includes connectivity to Vodafone’s NB-IoT network from the time of purchase until 2037, with an initial launch promotion price of €49.95 and with the option to pay in installments without interest, with payments of 2.08 euros per month for 24 months.
This price includes
connectivity for 12 years, without the need for fees or subsequent subscriptions and without having to subscribe to any type of telephone operator. However, people who buy it before it becomes mandatory in January 2026 have had additional connectivity available for free for the past few years, allowing them to get connected devices from now until 2038.
The device integrates a SIM card with Narrow-Band Internet Of Things (NB-IoT) technology that
the Vodafone Spain Network. In the event of an accident or breakdown, when the device is activated, a report is immediately and automatically sent to the DGT traffic center with the exact location. The information received by the DGT is anonymized and therefore does not contain any name, license plate number or other personal data by which the user can be identified.
in this way
the DGT feeds on information in real time of all possible incidents that occur on the road and can immediately notify other drivers of your position to avoid possible accidents. This is a clear advantage in terms of road safety, because by connecting people, roads and machines and shortening reaction times, the fatality rate in accidents can be reduced.
Help Flash IoT can also be linked
with Incidence APPthe free roadside assistance application that allows drivers to contact their insurance company or emergency in the event of an accident or breakdown.
made by netun they contain a SIM card connected to Vodafone’s NB-IoT network, which allows the device to remain connected only to its internal battery throughout its life, even in areas with poor coverage thanks to so-called ‘deep coverage’. Vodafone will be the only operator to market Help Flash IoT through its commercial channels.
It offers a minimum autonomy of 2.5 hours in emergency mode and works with 4 commercial 1.6V LR6 (AA) batteries. It is not charged in the power grid or via
a car USB connection because 40% of the faults are electrical, which would make it impossible to connect the device to the vehicle. In these circumstances, we will not even be able to signal with the emergency lights of the car, the “warning”, while this device, being autonomous, can work both to signal the emergency and to send the geolocation to the DGT.
The battery has a duration of five years and during that time guarantees the minimum autonomy of 2.5 hours with the maximum lighting power and the connection to the DGT.
With the recent change to the
Vehicle regulations in Annex XIrecommends the use of a light-emitting device such as Help Flash, which meets a range of technical requirements and is included in the V-16 signal, hazard warning device, as an optional element.
In practice, the device’s geolocation system, using the V16 beacon, which will be mandatory in all vehicles in 2026, will send the location of our stationary vehicle to the DGT 3.0 cloud every 100 seconds, so that this information quickly informs the other connected vehicles. the route.
A transitional period is currently being established during which the use of V-16 devices that do not have the required connectivity is allowed.
warning devices for danger V-16 They are intended solely for the visibility of the accident vehicle and the resulting referral to general traffic control of the location of the accident vehicle, and cannot contain any additional functions. This article guarantees that the use of this type of geological beacons is for the sole purpose of preventing accidents, running over and preventing an accident between driver and vehicle, excluding that it can be used by the DGT for other purposes, such as sending Fines.
sends the signal only when we turn it onTherefore, while it remains switched off in the vehicle, it does not send any signal, neither to the DGT nor to a possible “hacker”. In addition, it is an autonomous device in which the identification of the vehicle or the driver does not appear at any time. Those responsible for Vodafone and Netun Solutions have explained that it cannot therefore be used at any time to find out the speed at which we are driving or for any possible purpose other than signaling an accident.
The DGT also clarifies that this agency cannot know the location of the beacon until it is activated, that is, when we place it in the event of a breakdown or accident.
The information you submit It will only be his position on the map and it will always be anonymous, therefore the authorities will not know who that location corresponds to. The position of the incident will make the road safer, as a warning will be displayed on the light panels closest to the scene of the incident, the navigation systems and the car dashboards (V27 signs) will be warned of the obstacle even under zero conditions visibility.
It is placed directly on a metal plate (on the roof, door, bionda, etc.) and it activates automatically, emitting an intense yellow beam of light that is self-visible at a long distance, 360 degrees around its axis of support. . Other drivers will be informed of your situation
via variable information panelsby your browser and in the future by the V27 signals, minimizing the risk of being impacted or run over.
In the event of an incident on the road, the device will connect to the platform called DGT 3.0 when powered on. This platform is a communication ecosystem created by the DGT for better control and management of all assets that use the road network at any given time (drivers, cranes, transport, works, etc.).
As reported by the DGT, to indicate that we have been stopped en route, we will place the light device in the highest possible part of the vehicle. This way we guarantee maximum visibility. To place it,
we don’t have to get out of the car nor walking on the road to avoid traffic, as was the case with the triangles until now.
It can be carried anywhere in the vehicle and taken anywhere
thanks to its compact and handy design. Its size also makes it ideal for motorcycles.
Source: La Verdad
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