Pathfindr, the asset tracking and Industrial IoT tech specialist, has developed a smart safety system that creates ‘virtual exclusion zones’ to protect worker safety on construction sites.
The new system, called Zonr, features a proximity alarm which alerts workers when a vehicle or other hazard comes close, or if they step into a high-risk area – guiding them through a workplace to avoid potential incidents.
Ben Sturgess, Chief Technology Officer at Pathfindr, said: “A high number of workers are killed every year in the workplace just in the UK, and many more seriously injured. While all sites have health and safety measures and policies in place to protect workers, they rely on human accuracy to identify hazards in fast-moving environments – and we’re all fallible.
“Zonr has been designed to keep people and machines apart, so that workers can focus on doing their jobs efficiently, knowing they’ll be altered to a hazard. No technology will eliminate the need for continual vigilance, but Zonr reduces the risk of a serious incident and helps site operators manage their liability for the safety of site workers.”
The system relies on a combination of GPS tracking and ultra-wideband technology to locate workers and hazards, and create a dynamic virtual barrier – or exclusion zone – around those hazards.
Exclusion zones can be reconfigured by moving the position of sensors. All setup is completed through a mobile app, and incursion data is easily viewed in real-time.