New road safety innovation from DIT to be showcased to interested companies


12 August 2013: A road safety innovation, developed by a DIT graduate, will be showcased to interested companies this Wednesday (12 August).

The Enhanced Emergency Lighting (EEL) barrier was invented by product design graduate Ian Burnell and developed with DIT Hothouse, which is now seeking companies to license it and bring it to market.

The design principally aims to make crash sites safer for emergency services personnel and has been trialled by the Dublin Fire Brigade. Ian won Best Undergraduate Researcher Award at the 2013 Inventor Competition and the product also reached the semi-finals of the 2012 James Dyson International Design Awards.

It is patent protected and has received media buzz (appearing in the Irish Independent Business pages on 25 July this year).

The product has a unique retractable design, is lightweight and has a highly reflective surface and embedded LED lights. It is portable and can be quickly deployed in any situation where there is a requirement to direct traffic away from roadworks or the scene of an accident.

The showcase this Wednesday will include a prototype demonstration and Q&A session at DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2. It takes place at 3pm and places can be reserved by clicking here.

For more information on the EEL barrier, click here.

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