IoT collaboration focuses on construction site safety

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Zurich North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG) are working with digital health and IoT-enablement platform Zyter to use AI-based tech to enhance construction safety. The goal is to help prevent jobsite incidents and accidents that can result in serious injuries and costly property damage. The five companies are pursuing a 360-degree view of construction sites and real-time alerts regarding workers’ adherence to safety regulations – moving from a reactive to a proactive approach to construction safety.

“This collaboration takes best practices for construction site management and worker safety to a new level,” said Sanjay Govil, founder and CEO of Zyter, Inc. “Together we are making worker safety more manageable for the construction industry by delivering improved visibility across an entire worksite.”

RLG, a provider of construction and facility services, started to beta test the collaborative solution at one of its jobsites in September 2021. RLG’s insurance provider, Zurich North America, will monitor the impact and evaluate the solution for use with other construction customers.

“Through this collaboration, we are exploring how to enhance construction site managers’ ability to see and stop at-risk behaviors and to identify any needs for supplemental training and other resources to support safety going forward,” said Jon Tate, VP of construction risk engineering for Zurich North America.  

Each technology partner is bringing different capabilities and expertise to the project:

  • Qualcomm Technologies – The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program and Qualcomm IoT Services Suite delivers IoT as a Service (IoTaaS) solutions.
  • Zyter – The Zyter SmartSpaces platform is used to break down silos of information by integrating and consolidating data from IoT devices and applications.
  • Everguard –Everguard’s Sentri360 platform ties together industrial sensor technologies using sensor fusion, edge compute and AI algorithms, enabling them to learn dynamically “on the job.” This has the potential to lower incidents, injuries and corresponding costs.

Using a continuous stream of real-time data from IoT devices on workers and building materials, delivered to the Zyter dashboard. Additionally, through state-of-the-art data visualization, analytics and intelligent insights, construction companies will be able to easily monitor and address events, operational issues, and incidents. Advanced analytics will help construction companies determine worker productivity and safety scores, as well as gain insight into other metrics related to construction site management.

Initial efforts will focus on using AI and computer vision (CV) to enhance safety protocols already in place on construction jobsites for initiatives such as personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance and geofencing of restricted areas.

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