Zyter, a digital health and IoT-enablement platform, announced today it is collaborating with Zurich North America, Qualcomm Technologies, Everguard.ai, and Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG), to advance the use of AI-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to enhance construction safety.
The goal is to help prevent job site incidents and accidents that can result in serious injuries and costly property damage.
The five companies are bringing together technologies and risk knowledge to provide construction managers with a 360-degree view of construction sites and real-time alerts regarding workers’ adherence to safety regulations. The collaboration represents the next step forward in propelling construction safety from a reactive to a proactive approach, Zyter says.
Zyter’s SmartSpaces platform, analytics and front-end dashboard is being integrated with Everguard’s Sentri360 AI platform, made possible through the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program and Qualcomm IoT Services Suite. RLG, a provider of construction and facility services, will beta test the collaborative solution at one of its job sites, beginning in September 2021. RLG’s insurance provider, Zurich North America, will monitor the impact and evaluate the solution for use with other construction customers.
“This collaboration takes best practices for construction site management and worker safety to a new level,” said Sanjay Govil, founder and CEO of Zyter. “Together we are making worker safety more manageable for the construction industry by delivering improved visibility across an entire worksite.”
“Zurich connects our customers with innovative technology solutions that put their workers’ health and safety first, which is key to delivering quality work both on time and on budget,” said Jon Tate, VP of construction risk engineering for Zurich North America. “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. We want to help clients like RLG prevent accidents and injuries, and potentially save lives.”
Using a continuous stream of real-time data from IoT devices on workers and building materials, this collaborative solution will deliver a seamless, up-to-the second view of what is happening across the entire construction site 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 job sites for initiatives such as personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance and geofencing of restricted areas.