Smart IoT wearables set to change the working world


Accidents still happen no matter how many precautions are taken, and their consequences cause huge problems across many industries. Monitoring the actions of numerous employees is not an easy task, but whilst not all accidents can be prevented, efficient monitoring of workers and their environments can make most workplaces safer, more compliant, and by far more efficient.

The Internet of Things (IoT), and more specifically, the use of IoT wearable devices with embedded sensors, is a breakthrough technology that has proven to successfully and seamlessly connect workers to each other as well as to their surroundings. As a result, this technology also enables managers to be more proactive and predictive in their safety programs.  

Although relatively new to the market, wearable safety devices have experienced a rapid uptake across the globe. Whilst many factors contributed to this, it’s mostly down to consumers becoming more and more open to the use of tracking technology. Fitness trackers and smartwatches paved the way for this shift in perception. Unlike the recent past, for most people, in today’s modern world, wearing a tracking safety device does not feel like Big Brother anymore. 

Wearable safety devices have a myriad of good uses. They are especially popular on construction sites which present particularly hazardous work conditions, however, they are also quickly gaining traction in other industries. Some wearable devices are set to alert their users when an environmental risk is detected, for example, if a worker enters a zone that requires more protective gear an alarm is triggered to warn them. Other applications are set to sense early signs of heat stress, like unusual sweating and fatigue levels.  In other scenarios, the smart devices alert management if a worker’s movements are particularly unusual – for example, if construction workers are stationary for an extraordinary amount of time, it might be indicative of injury, a fall, or even entrapment. In other industries, these smart IoT devices can be set to measure driver performance by tracking driving habits and/or inexperience.  In most industries, they can also be used to assess workers’ performance, including attendance and idle time. 

Strategically placed or embedded in workers’ wearables, the data that the IoT sensors track and gather is then transmitted via’s IoT mobile network or its LoRaWAN gateways. This is immediately communicated to management on any smart device via an IoT management portal which is included as part of the IoT connectivity solution.  Through this portal, management can remotely enable new devices and SIMs, label them, suspend or resume their activity, regulate data usage,  as well as control triggers and customise notifications. 

This IoT solution has already proven to drastically reduce the risk of injury, rules’ violations, and improve remote management.  As a result, it increases savings by reducing random inspection costs and facilitating reactive operations. 

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