North East phone app could save bikers lives
Ambulance service backs local innovation
A new phone app which helps the North East Ambulance
Service locate motorcyclists involved in an accident - even if they
are incapacitated - could save 1,000s of lives.
The RealRider app uses complex algorithms connected to a
smartphone to determine when a crash has occurred.
The system has now been thoroughly tested and adopted by the
North East Ambulance Service. RealRider has been developed by
Newcastle- based management team Andrew Richardson and Zoe
John Rowland, Control Systems Manager for the North East
Ambulance Service, said: "I think Real Rider is an absolutely
brilliant application. It is really useful tool that has the
potential to save bikers' lives. It means we can hopefully get
medical attention to people much faster."
More than 13,000 people have already signed up as users.
Using smartphone technology, RealRider connects an
injured rider directly to the North East Ambulance Control Room
after detecting a crash. Powered by REALsafe®, the app sends a
rider's GPS location, mobile number and vital medical information
into the control team who attempt to make contact with the rider
wherever they are in the UK.
The app also allows motorcyclists to track their
rides, and record points of interest.
Miracle motorcyclist, Anthony Margrave, from East Yorkshire,
survived three days in a ditch after crashing his bike on September
9 last year and is now backing RealRider.
Margrave, 40, hit the headlines when he didn't make it home.
Three days later, after a massive manhunt, he was found barely
"I know I couldn't have survived another night," he said. "I was
in and out of consciousness the whole time and was close to giving
"If I'd had Real Rider then the emergency services would have
been alerted to my crash. They would have tried to contact me, and
when I wasn't able to pick up and stopped moving, they would have
deployed an ambulance to my GPS co-ordinates. I would have had
medical assistance well within the hour. That would have made a
huge difference to me."
Margrave suffered a spinal injury that has left him with only
partial movement of his arms and legs.