The Israeli Standards Institute recently adopted the standard of the International Organization for Standardization ISO 20380 "Public swimming pools – computerized sensing systems for detecting and warning of drowning risks – safety requirements and test methods". The Israeli standard expands the existing wording and refers to a variety of risk cases, the distress of bathers and the danger of drowning in the pool in order to define a uniform safety standard for pools in Israel. It should be noted that the standard does not apply to similar systems in home swimming pools.
The data in the field show that despite the presence of lifeguards in the pools used by the general public, incidents of bathers’ distress and drowning in the pool occur frequently. The main difficulty is in identifying drowning events at their beginning, even before the damage is done, and this in light of distracting factors such as environmental conditions (heat/humidity), water conditions, density, noise, etc. – hence the need to integrate advanced auxiliary technologies.
The standard was initiated by the Israeli company Lynxight, which developed a first-of-its-kind service to connect existing security cameras in the pool complex to artificial intelligence technology that enables real-time detection and warning of unusual behavior patterns of bathers. The company’s representatives are also participating these days in the updating of several international standards for the safety of bathers in the pool (the German DIN standard, the American ASTM and more).
d"R. Gilad Golov, CEO"To the Israeli Standards Institute: "The Israeli company Lynxight is another proof that breakthrough Israeli technology can through international standardization break into the world and sweep many other companies after it. The sooner the rescuer intervenes thanks to a warning from a computerized sensing system such as Lynxight, the greater the chance of saving the drowning person. The installation of computerized sensing systems and their use are not a reason to reduce human supervision because these systems are intended to assist the rescuer and not to replace him".