Muscat – Omani inventor Ali Salim Ali al Busaidi received an honorary doctorate from the Union of Inventors of the Kingdom of Morocco for inventing an emergency device to speed up response time during traffic accidents called Musif.
Busaidi also recently won the 2022 World Cup for Invention and Scientific Research, held in Tunisia in September as part of the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) .
In 2021, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP) granted a patent for his device.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Busaidi said, “This certificate motivates me to exert more efforts to produce innovative products and contribute to the advancement of scientific research in Oman and the Arab world.”
He added that Musif aims to reduce the number of traffic accident victims and speed up the response time through rapid communication with the Sultanate’s emergency teams.
“It will also enable automated and accurate receipt of accident information, reducing human error in determining accident locations and improving coordination with the emergency services needed to assist in such occurrences.”
Musif works by automatically sending an SMS from a vehicle to the emergency services, in the event of an accident, as well as to a loved one to keep them informed. “The message also contains a location link, allowing emergency services to quickly reach the crash site,” Busaidi said.
Busaidi faced many challenges while creating the device, but he persevered to work hard and was finally able to create a working model.
“A number of tests were carried out for Musif in conjunction with international companies in Canada specializing in the manufacture of automotive security systems, so that the device could be converted into a commercial product sold locally and abroad.”
About the way forward, he informed that he has set up a small company to manufacture the device. “A few oil and gas companies in Oman have used my device on their cars to support me. I will start actual production of the device in mid-2023.”
Advising Omani inventors, he said, “Develop your own innovative ideas and register your concepts with MoCIIP’s Intellectual Property Department to protect them from counterfeiting.