Wearable devices in the market and being talked about by the media are very much consumer driven right now, however the business sector is starting to realise the benefits of these devices.
In a workplace situation like in a mine or oil rig, the ability to locate an individual quickly using GPS location capabilities could be the difference between rescuing someone or a less-desirable result.
Devices such as the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear 2 include pulse-rate monitors, meaning we could be even smarter in emergency situations by prioritising who needs what medical attention first or even targeting specialist medical resources to the employee.
Workplace accidents are costing employers millions of dollars each year. ABS statistics on Australian Workers’ Compensation show that whilst there are more accidents each year in transport and logistics, the cost per staff member in an incident in mining is much greater.
If wearables were able to detect when an individual is fatigued or suffering an episode, the result could be different.
We have already seen development of the ‘Smart Cap’ which determines the alertness of an employee. This is used to detect a microsleep and enable the business to take action.
Also, the use of wearables, combined with network connectivity, allows for the development of applications to guide employees if there’s an event that they need to respond to. For example, in the event of a safety incident, an incident and alert management tool like the one built by Optus partner xMatters, could provide instructions on what action employees should take, where they should go and who they should contact. Smart Analytics solutions can also capture information and report on it accordingly via tablets and other mobile devices.
Because we have wearables … we have the potential to be safer at work!
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