The Internet of Things is the superhero of this era. There is a lot of fancy tech that it can accomplish in microseconds. But its most remarkable super power is the ability to rescue human beings from danger just like a superhero. It can make people feel protected.
IoT is a superhero that uses its powers (Internet connection) in ways that boggles the mind and defies the concept of impossibility.
Factories and manufacturing plants can be some of the most dangerous places to work at because of hazardous elements like thermal extremes, highly concentrated toxic or flammable substances and low oxygen levels that are generally controlled by manual or sensory procedures. There are some processes require employees to handle lifting and moving equipment . Any mishap or tampering in even one of these can cause severe harm and even loss of life.
What are the current problems with providing workers with enough protection?
Factories must be able to provide effective protection while not burdening the worker so much that they are impeded in carrying out their tasks in an efficient and effective manner.
How can workers actually be protected?
This can be done by removing the uncertainty factor from the equation. The Internet of Things enables real time monitoring to detect any potential and currently occurring hazards. There are different kinds of sensors that have a specific function. While we had sensors earlier, now we have smart sensors which can either send alerts or take action according to the stimulus received.
The smart objects can be wearable or fixed depending on its functions. Activity-aware smart objects record the activity around it while policy-aware smart objects interpret the activity in a particular context. Process-aware smart objects guide workers with solutions based on lightning quick analysis of the data received from activity and policy smart objects.
Monitoring is done on three levels, namely: environment, situation context and the humans themselves.
The wearables mentioned earlier can measure an employee’s heart rate and other body vitals to keep track of their health. Many accidents can be prevented by this kind of regular check up. Employers can be alerted if an employee is too fatigued. Since optimum performance can only come with good health, employers can make sure to give appropriate rest breaks.
The storm of Internet enabled devices is upending old, obsolete techniques and making way for the new. Your friendly, workplace IoT is here to stay and save the day.