IBM Watson plans to use wearable devices to boost workers’ safety

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

01-April-2019  |  2 mins read

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IBM has lately announced its collaborations with Garmin Health, Mitsufuji, Guardhat and Smartcone in order to improve workers’ safety for those working in hazardous conditions like constructions sites, mines and factories.

According to IBM, there were approximately 3 million on-the-job injuries in 2017, which collectively cost their employers nearly US $ 60 billion in insurance and compensation expenses.

The company has planned to equip the workers with wearable Watson IoT devices that can easily monitor biometrics and changes such as height, heat and gas levels in the surrounding environment.

“Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace. It’s in the context of a major focus area for us, to improve worker safety using IoT data and AI.” – Kareem Yusuf, PhD, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT

The wearables will apply advanced data collection and artificial intelligence (AI) to drive significant advances in monitoring and assessing the safety and health of workers in hazardous surroundings. IBM’s Maximo Worker Insights platform will collect the data which will further be retrieved by employers so as to respond to potentially dangerous conditions in the workplace.

With the development of the cutting-edge technology, a number of industries and businesses are employing it to try and boost the safety of employees in the workplace. Mining giant BHP is using autonomous drills at iron ore mines to trailing smart caps that analyze brain waves and monitor worker fatigue.

“The implementation of smart protective equipment allows us to better analyze workplace data and provide important safety insights in near real-time,” explains Saikat Dey, Co-Founder and CEO, Guardhat

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