Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Foolproof' Pool Alarm Going into Production

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Foolproof' Pool Alarm Going into Production

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AN ENTREPRENEUR who developed a foolproof swimming pool alarm for children with help from Newcastle University is poised to put his vision into production.

John Barstead was inspired to create the alarm for children after a neighbour's toddler drowned.

He was running an electrical engineering business in Johannesburg, South Africa, when the two-year-old boy died.

More than a decade later and back in the UK, Mr Barstead has founded Dolphin Alarms and launched an electronic device designed to save young lives.

Developed in conjunction with Newcastle University's underwater communications research unit, the device consists of a bracelet worn by the child and a receiver placed in the water.

If the bracelet enters the pool, it instantly transmits a signal through the water to the receiver, triggering an alarm unit which can be placed anywhere in the house.

Together with his fellow directors, Mr Barstead has invested PS120,000 to patent the technology and has successfully manufactured a series of working prototypes. …

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