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In jobs where hazards are part of the everyday, we want to help you keep workers safe - and keep your business moving.

Take our character, Mateo, for example. His job puts him in remote, dangerous locations - often by himself. In the past 'invisible' dangers, such as a gas leak, weren't always detected immediately and serious injuries might have gone unreported for hours.

We’re thinking of new ways to protect workers like Mateo by using connected technology in hard hats. It would mean supervisors could receive alerts about potential risks or injuries, as soon as they occur. So, every single bump to the head could be monitored - no matter how small.
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How would it work?

Smart hard hats could help supervisors monitor lone worker health and safety.

The hard hats would have IoT sensors that monitor pressure and force, along with other safety factors - such as temperature, air quality and moisture. The sensors would connect to a Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) solution via a Mobile Private Network (MPN). If any changes were detected, the employee's supervisor would get an alert with key data on the situation.

With this combination of local processing power, fast, low-latency connectivity and the cloud, the data could be processed reliably and in real time.

The data would be managed through an AI applications platform and analyics could be viewed through a centralised dashboard - or even on the supervisor's smartwatch. The platform could monitor incidents over time and, using AI, could even calculate a danger score for each worker to identify who's at risk. This could allow businesses to better protect lone workers in the moment - and in the future.

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What else is possible?

These technologies open up new possibilities for all sorts of industries - from construction to commercial fishing.

In future, it'll be possible to put IoT sensors into any wearable protective equipment, from gloves to jackets. And, with the addition of 5G, Edge Computing and MPN technologies, they could be used to protect workers in even the most isolated environments. But that’s not all.

With these technologies, you could do even more. For example, if an incident is detected on a site, you could automatically dispatch a drone to inspect it. And you could remotely shut down the machinery and infrastructure - in a split second. Or what about using AI-powered cameras to monitor your workers' wellbeing? Or using hands-free AR headsets to assist your workers and improve efficiency? It's all possible.