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Team Hermes wins 2011 Imagine Cup

US: Team Hermes from Ireland won top honours in the software design competition in the 2011 Imagine Cup World festival and awards ceremony held in New York, US. Of the nine categories in the competition, Software Design is the largest and most prestigious. At the awards ceremony, the team was presented with the silver “Imagine Cup” trophy and a poster-sized check for USD 25,000.
Aine Conaghan, Matthew Padden, Calum Cawley and James McNamara from the Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland call their team and project Hermes, after the Greek god who protects travellers. They believe their technology will help reduce road traffic accidents, which Conaghan said is a “serious problem” that costs the world about USD 420 billion a year and is the leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24.
Project Hermes consists of a charger-like device that plugs into the diagnostics port of any car made since 2000. It tracks the driver’s behaviour by monitoring things like speed, GPS location, RPM and acceleration, then uploads that information to the cloud. A cloud application analyses the data and sends near-instant reports to the driver’s phone, advising him to change his behaviour or warning him of a bad road ahead. The system can also be set up to send data to the car’s owner—for example, an anxious parent or the manager of a delivery fleet.
Source: IEEE Spectrum