Planning Your IoT-Driven Workplace Safety Strategy

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Rizal August 7, 2023 0 Comments

 

Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) technology works by connecting smart devices to local networks, which gather data about their surroundings. This data is then transmitted to cloud servers using a data-transmission protocol. Once the data is securely stored in the cloud, authorized personnel can access it remotely through web-based interfaces or dedicated applications. This accessibility allows for real-time monitoring and data-driven decision-making.

Subsequently, the term Cloud-based IoT refers to the collaboration of IoT devices with cloud computing technologies to enhance the capabilities and efficiency of IoT applications. In this context, “cloud” refers to remote servers and services accessed over the internet, while “IoT” refers to the interconnected network of physical devices that collect and exchange data.

In manufacturing facilities, cloud-based IoT applications can be implemented to increase safety, for instance, factories can receive automatic alerts when workers don’t wear personal safety equipment. Several essential integrated IoT technologies must-have for every industry, such as beacon sensors and AI video analytics

Beacon

Beacons are tiny wireless devices that use low-energy Bluetooth to send signals to nearby smart devices. They connect and share information with smart devices or apps, making location-based searching and interaction much more convenient and precise. 

Additional sensors like environmental, accelerometer, temperature, human detection, and proximity are crucial to detect potential risks on project sites. For optimal safety, connected sensors are vital in identifying and addressing risks promptly as well as prioritizing employee well-being.

AI Video Analytics

AI video analytics is an advanced technology that revolutionizes the way we interpret and utilize video data. With the power of artificial intelligence, video analytics systems can automatically analyze vast amounts of video footage in real time which ultimately gives valuable insights and meaningful information. 

These insights go beyond simple object detection and tracking; they encompass a wide range of capabilities, such as facial recognition, PPE detection, and even motion detection. 

How to Plan IoT in Workplaces to Increase Safety Levels?

To successfully integrate IoT technology into your workplace and enhance safety and efficiency, follow these key steps:

Identify Safety Needs: Start by conducting a comprehensive risk assessment to pinpoint areas where IoT technology can effectively address specific safety requirements.

Choose IoT Devices: Select appropriate IoT devices and sensors, such as wearable devices, smart cameras, or beacon sensors, based on the safety needs identified.

Install and Connect Devices: Implement the chosen IoT devices and sensors in the workplace, connecting them to the IoT network using wireless protocols like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Establish Data Collection and Management: Set up a robust system for collecting and analyzing data from IoT devices. Utilize cloud-based platforms, databases, and analytics tools to manage the data efficiently. Additionally, consider partnering with third-party services to streamline the process.

Monitor and Respond to Data: Continuously monitor the data collected from the IoT devices and sensors, promptly responding to any potential safety hazards. This may involve sending alerts, activating alarms, or triggering automated responses.

Train Employees: Ensure that all employees receive adequate training in using IoT devices and are familiar with responding to safety hazards that may arise from the system.

How Collie Help Your IoT Planning For Safety Increase In Industries?

Collie is all in one access control management system integrated with the latest technology and packed with tons of features, giving you a next-level safety and security system. Collie modules include Face Recognition, Helmet Detection, Intrusion Detection, Area Limitation, PPE Detection, People Counting, and many more. Collie is applicable to any industry with limitless use cases.

The integrated beacons on Collie have IP67 certification for multi-purpose. All beacons basically have a function for location tracking and with different sensor options, it can also be used for sensor monitoring purposes using Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) in Bluetooth 5. It works with a beacon gateway to locate the beacon location and to monitor the sensor status. The typical battery usage time is from 2 up to 5 years in default settings depending on the beacon type and usage.

When discussing workplace safety, it’s essential to understand that it goes beyond simply reducing accidents. Collie comes with solutions that combine AI video analytics with various devices such as CCTV or sensors for surveillance. With features like face recognition, stranger detection, no-helmet detection, PPE detection, and no-human intrusion to proactively identify and address potential hazards. By leveraging this innovative solution, companies can ensure a safer work environment for everyone, taking workplace safety to the next level.

Collie also has a comprehensive cloud-based IoT application that provides real-time insights through an intuitive Collie dashboard, enabling all safety data for further analysis to plan strategies enhancing workplace safety and preventing accidents. Moreover, WSH-PEER is also developed as digitizing paperwork web-based app to streamline workflow. WSH-PEER’s modules include Electronic Permit to Work and Inspection System which ultimately reduces administrative burden, expedites approval processes, and enhances overall operational efficiency. 

Industrial workplaces experience the highest occurrence of accidents. By leveraging IoT technology, companies can enhance productivity and energy efficiency through the monitoring of safety events. This enables them to proactively implement corrective measures by analyzing historical and real-time data patterns. Additionally, this technology approach has the potential to improve employee behavior, as smart monitoring empowers employees to make better-informed decisions regarding their safety. 

To explore further details and potential partnership opportunities, please get in touch with our team by sending an email to sales@magicsoft-asia.com

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