IoT is on your head

Luis Simón Gómez Semeleder    11 June, 2019

There are many Jobs in which protecting your head is vital to avoid serious accidents, but can you imagine being protected beyond the blows that a helmet prevents? And have all the information of your working environment in real time? It is not necessary to imagine it. It´s already possible with the connected helmet of Engidi.

Work accidents are a serious issue that threatens the health of hundreds of thousands of workers around the world. In Spain, 652 peopledied for this reason in 2018, while at European level an average of 10 workers die every day (more than 3.800 people according to the latest data published by Eurostat).

Engidiis a startup dedicated to the design of wearables based on Internet of Things technology. Aiming at offering an effective solution to increase job securityin companies, Engidi has created an IoT device that integrates non-invasively into a standard work helmet. This smart helmet is responsible for collecting information on working conditions to ensure good safety management in the workplace.

How does it work?

The solution stands on an intelligent device that monitors the safety of workers. It consists on multiple sensors, an NB-IoT connectivity module and a location system. All this is integrated in a non-invasive way inside the homologated protective helmet.

The digital sensors monitor variables such as thermal stress conditions, height or the use of the helmet itself. The system also alerts impacts and falls with the location of the affected worker, it has an emergency call button and controls the numbers of operators in a certain area, warning of excessive concentration of people in dangerous areas.

NB-IoT connectivity makes it possible to send the data to a digital platform for real-time visualization by the occupational risk control units, thus being able to study the behavior patterns to implement more efficient work routines from a safer point of view. All of this helps prevent mishaps and allows reducing reaction times and intervention to accidents, something that can be decisive to save the lives of people.

Engidi is financed by Wayraand has the technological support of Telefónica. The NB-IoT solution of the connected helmet is being tested in itsThe Thinxlaboratories. In these tests they emulate real situation and environments, such as the networks that can be found in different countries of Latin America.

The implementation of the connected helmet in professional environments can benefit millions of people around the world. In Europe alone there are 35 million workers who wear helmets for personal protection in their work. Sectors such as industry, mining, navy, construction or forestry can benefit from greater job security thanks to this IoT solution.

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