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Wearable Technologies, Wipro team up to improve workforce safety

Health & Safety

Wearable Technologies has joined a worldwide partnership with IT services consultancy Wipro, to offer WTL’s ELEKSEN Connected Worker solution to their respective global client bases

The Industry 4.0 market opportunity is currently worth US$110bn by total economic value, with Accenture estimating that the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) could impact 46 per cent of the global economy, estimated at US$14 trillion, by 2030. In the connected worker space alone, wearable technology and wearable sensor devices alone is growing at a predicted 13.1 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and is estimated to reach US$4.3bn in the next 20 years.

WTL CEO Mark Bernstein, commented, “The Internet of Things is affecting all our lives - small sensors sending data via the internet to and from connected homes, connected cars and connected factories. It is inevitable that most industrial workers in the developed world will, in years to come, wear sensor devices to monitor their health, safety and efficiency.

“WTL was set up to use this new technology to make industrial workers safer, by delivering data-led, actionable insights in real time to site managers, health and safety managers and other corporate executives involved in the digital transformation of their workplaces. WTL delivers big data relating to workers, to the data lakes already holding other types of data such as plant and weather data, to facilitate the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across the large enterprise.”

The ELEKSEN platform is an end-to-end IIoT solution. It is device agnostic, allowing enterprise customers to attach their existing inventory of sensor devices from leading manufacturers such as Drager (gas), Casella (noise), Zephyr (heart rate) and Sensorzone (vehicle proximity), to ELEKSEN smart PPE garments. Taking data from these devices on to one central dashboard in a site office or control room not only improves response times to emergency alerts but also facilitates the subsequent data reporting and analytics in areas such as long-term occupational health.