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Company name

Tocsen GmbH


Freiburg im Breisgau


in Freiburg im Breisgau


Alexander Schumacher
Andreas Botsch
Malte Buttjer


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Tocsen is a system consisting of a fall sensor and a smartphone app which detects falls sustained by outdoor athletes and automatically calls for help in an emergency when users are unable to do this themselves.

Founder team

    • Alexander Schumacher, '82, Dipl. Ing. Automotive Engineering, Ex-Product manager International as well as Engineer for Automotive Sensor Technology, Managing Director and responsible for Data & Strategy
    • Andreas Botsch, '84, Bachelor of Economics, Ex-Strategic Industry Manager focus: strategic development of the Chinese market, Managing Director and responsible for Money & Speech
    • Malte Buttjer, '87, Bachelor of Arts, many years of independent professional experience in the field of digital media with a focus on Web & eCommerce, Managing Director and responsible for Arts & Bytes


    September 2017

    Our friend Tom suffered a broken neck while riding his bike despite wearing a helmet. He couldn't remember and lost consciousness several times, hikers only found Tom by chance. Thankfully, Tom is now doing well again.

    August 2018

    Alex, Andi and Malte decided: no more lucky chances! The first prototype was created.

    October 2018

    Crowdfunding campaign was successful.

    April 2019

    Series production began in Freiburg, Germany.

    September 2019

    Pre-seed funding by Landesbank Bank von Baden-Würtemberg and Ullrich Prediger via Smart Green Accelerator from Grünhof Freiburg.

    November 2019

    Delivery of the first Tocsen and release of the app.

    August 2020

    Sale of Tocsen crash helmet sensor in specialized shops throughout Germany.

    September 2020

    Tocsen was integrated into helmets for the first time by uvex and Alpina.

    November 2020

    The team has grown to 16 people.



Tocsen is a system consisting of a fall sensor and a smartphone app that detects falls sustained by outdoor athletes and automatically calls for help in an emergency when users are unable to do this themselves. The Tocsen fall sensor is already sold as a retrofit sensor (in pink, black and gray) for retrofitting to any helmet. An OEM solution integrated into the helmet was developed and marketed in late 2020.

Technology or unique selling points

  • System comprising intelligent fall sensor and smartphone app
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  • In the event of a fall, it detects the forces acting on the person where they do the most damage: the head
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  • Alerts personal emergency contacts and the Tocsen community when needed
  • 100% Made in Germany, from packaging to server infrastructure
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  • Tocsen GmbH is conscious of its social, environmental and economic responsibility
  • Technology: 3-axis accelerometer is attached to the helmet and connected to a smartphone. If a fall is detected, an audible alarm sounds and the app asks the user if everything is okay. If there is no response, an emergency call goes to the user's personal emergency contacts, to all Tocsen users in the vicinity and (soon) optionally to the central control center.


  • Winner of the MACS Startup Award 2019 of the freiburg/südbaden marketing community
  • Winner of the Galileo Masters Baden-Württemberg with E-GNSS Incubation Prize and E-GNSS Crowdfunding Prize
  • ISPO Brandnew Selection 2020

Customer benefits

  • Tocsen saves lives
  • Shortens the time to discovery and treatment after an accident
  • System consisting of fall sensor and smartphone app
  • Fall detection of outdoor athletes, e.g. in cycling, horse riding and winter sports
  • Automatic emergency call after absence of vital signs, e.g. in case of unconsciousness
  • Personal emergency contacts
  • Emergency call to Tocsen heroes (app user community) nearby

Business idea

After their friend Tom suffered a broken neck in a mountain bike accident despite wearing a helmet and was found unconscious by hikers, the Tocsen founders were looking for a solution to prevent such accidents in the future. As passionate outdoor sports enthusiasts, the entire Tocsen team gives its all to ensure that safety is no longer left to chance. In doing so, we incorporate our valuable experience from winter sports, cycling, riding and climbing sports into our work. It goes without saying that we test all our products extensively and put them through their paces in the various sports.

Target group and market volume

Target markets are all fall-prone outdoor sports where helmets are worn, such as mountain biking, road biking, equestrian sports, inline skating, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, climbing, etc. Market volume: enormous market potential in all activities where wearing a helmet makes sense: sports, urban commuting, etc.

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