QR codes with Johanniter in action

QR codes with Johanniter Accident Assistance in action!

The emergency call has been received & the rescue forces are on their way. But helpers in distress often come up against limits. In this context, it is not the limits of the helpers, but the limits that are shown to them by “external influence”. External influences such as the failure to form rescue lanes in traffic jams or, and this is what we are talking about here, gawkers, whose activities have an obstructive effect on the assistance provided.

Since 01 January 2021, a law has come into force (201a Criminal Code (StGB-Germany)), which allows that photographing / filming people in accidents, with a prison sentence (up to 2 years) can be held accountable. Nevertheless, people continue to snap and film. As already mentioned, in the event of an accident, this behavior may lead to delays in the arrival of the emergency services at the scene of the accident or hinder them in their work. Which leads to further consequences.

To make gawkers aware that their behavior can have harmful effects, QR codes are used. In cooperation with the creative agency Scholz & Friends, Johanniter Accident Assistance has created a solution that is well worth seeing – QR codes educate!

Accidents on social networks

According to the video of the Johanniter Accident Assistance, which can be seen here, an average of 26 bystanders come together per accident. Some of them “only” look because people cannot always suppress their curiosity immediately and then, in the best case, move on if help is already being provided. Unfortunately, there are also the so-called gaffers, who pull out their cell phones, do not seem to think about consequences and take videos or photos.

In the worst case, regarding the visual material, the recorded material ends up in the social networks such as Facebook or it is shared diligently, via WhatsApp. Once it has landed on the web, such material does not disappear easily. The more it is shared, the less likely it is that the entire footage could be removed from the Internet. The active question is: Who would want to receive a video of a relative unexpectedly at some point, showing how the relative had an accident?

#GaffenTötet / #GawkingKills – Consciously raising awareness

The pilot project #GaffenTötet (Eng. #GawkingKills), by the agency Scholz & Friends and the Berlin Johanniter, is being implemented in Berlin. This means that eight ambulances and one intensive care transport vehicle are on the road there, which are equipped with innovative designs based on QR code technology. In addition to the vehicles, the design can also be applied to the clothing of the emergency services.

If an accident occurs and onlookers pull out their cell phones to film the rescue operation, their own smartphones automatically redirect them to a website and display the warning message: “Stop! Gawking kills!” is displayed. In this way, recordings should be prevented, and rescue operations should thus be carried out undisturbed.

Camera function including QR code scanner

Detecting the QR codes is possible with smartphones that have the function integrated in the camera (e.g. Apple models). It would also be possible manually by scanning the design with apps for QR code reading, but then almost misses the basic idea, the active interference of the recording. If the smartphone is not connected to the Internet at the time, it will still be apparent on the smartphone that the person would be directed to the website https://www.gaffen-toetet.de/. Furthermore, this is to make the gawkers aware of what the “gawkers” are doing.

Unlikely, but perhaps, the gaffers are not fully aware of the consequences. Anyone who pulls out their cell phone during or after an accident can further endanger the lives of themselves, those in the immediate vicinity (including rescue workers), and the lives of the injured. In the worst-case scenario, a person’s life is lost because gaffers have hindered with their actions.

Reactions to the project #GaffenTötet / #GawkingKills

Many comments were left under the video already mentioned. One point of criticism that stood out was that none of this would do any good if the cell phone did not have an integrated QR code scanner. That may well be true at first glance, but not if you think about it further. On the one hand, there are now plenty of smartphones that have this integrated function and on the other hand, this action should receive even more attention in the future, so that then one or the other, outside of an accident situation, learns about it and thus gains time to think about whether to record visual material at the next accident or leave it better.

There were also comments about the development and further implementation. For example, whether Apple or Android could not actively help by integrating the function in all cameras to then lock the recording function automatically for a certain time as soon as this design is scanned with QR code. A suggestion that may not be too difficult to implement.

The pilot project is a sensible, possibly life-saving measure, which deserves more attention and, in its implementation, should reach other emergency services, so that “imitated or participated” can be. In this sense, we share the conviction of Jörg Lüssem (Johanniter Board).

[“The innovative idea has the potential to reach a very broad public and get many people to rethink.”]

– Jörg Lüssen (Ein Design das Leben retten kann)

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