Exceptional entries for 2018 MTN IoT Award

Exceptional entries for 2018 MTN IoT Award

31 July 2018

“IoT creates value for business and also in many other applications like the management of cities. It was exciting to see many developments in this field, a year since we won this prestigious award.” – Co-founder and CEO Nico Steyn in conversation with Powerfm987 after the award ceremony for the 2018 MTN Business IoT Award, presented in Johannesburg.

IoT.xt CTO Bertus Jacobs served on the judging panel to select the winners for this year’s award.

Listen to the interview here: https://bit.ly/2OAJyos

The 2018 winner is the MineRP and @FlowCentricNews team, propelling mining into the future.

www.powerfm987.co.za

Company of the Month IoT.nxt | Bridging the edge

Company of the Month IoT.nxt | Bridging the edge

30 July 2018

Almost a year ago, South African company IoT.nxt expanded its operations to The Hague to shape its international ambitions. We spoke to Joe Bester, Marketing Director at IoT.nxt in The Netherlands, about IoT.nxt and his experience of doing business in The Hague in the past year.

What is IoT.nxt?
“IoT.nxt was established in South Africa late in 2015 by a small group of tech entrepreneurs who discovered an opportunity to innovate in Internet of Things technology and strategy. From start-up beginnings, the company experienced explosive growth and demand for its solutions. The demand and interest from Europe following participation at various expos and conferences on the continent led to the establishment of IoT.nxt’s first international office in The Hague in September 2017.

The company has taken a different view to that of many other companies and has developed various sets of innovative technology. IoT.nxt has taken a bottom-up approach as opposed to the bulk of other companies taking a down from the cloud approach. The company has now identified a convergence of the cloud and the edge, which is fundamentally changing what is taking place in the industry. IoT.nxt is therefore perfectly positioned to take advantage of IoT technology becoming real across several industries. IoT.nxt is now at point where companies are implementing its strategies and technology and seeing value. For example, we recently launched a so-called ‘IoT in a box’ solution with global tech giant Dell, combining the company’s intelligent edge IoT gateway – the Raptor™ – with Dell Gateway technology and through this enabling rapid digital transformation.”

Choosing for The Hague
“Dutch legislation is very business-friendly and especially favourable towards technology start-ups. The Netherlands has an established global reputation for its support of innovation in technology, which made it the logical choice for IoT.nxt. The Hague has been a fantastic base to co-ordinate all of our activities in Europe. The city has a business friendly environment and we had an excellent experience in all dealings with all of the Dutch authorities.”

First year of doing business in The Hague
“We have been here for ¾ of the year and it has been most encouraging. Our commercial model is to distribute our solution through value adding partners like System Integrators and consultancy firms that are active in setting up strategies and implementations for enterprises to digitise. We have formalised partnership agreements with a number of significant players in the Netherlands and other Benelux countries and are actively engaging with clients. Globally we are currently involved in 30 different projects and projects in Europe are an exciting part of this.

Eyes on the horizon
‘We see our pipeline in Europe getting stronger and stronger, and for the year ahead we expect to add a number of projects to an exciting pipeline. The US is offering many exciting opportunities and we believe, due to the attitude of early adoption that prevails, that this will be a significant revenue generator for us”, says Bester.

https://businessagency.thehague.com

Twenty-Two Organizations Join The Linux Foundation and Invest in Open Source Technology

30 July 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 17 Silver members and 5 Associate members. Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world’s largest open collaboration communities.

“We are thrilled to see so many organizations continue to reinforce their commitment to open source with investments in the community and a wide variety of important projects,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “The variety of industries growing their participation in open source, from automotive companies to universities, is truly inspiring.”

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of the new members have joined Linux Foundation projects like Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Hyperledger, JS Foundation, and LF Networking. For a full list of members, visit https://www.linuxfoundation.org/membership/members/.

Linux Foundation Silver members are organizations that contribute to or otherwise support open source communities and projects. The new Linux Foundation Silver members who joined in the month of June are:

Anaconda, Inc. is an AI/ML enablement platform that empowers organizations to develop, govern, and automate AI/ML and data science.
Bose Corporation designs, develops, and sells audio equipment.
Circulor is transforming the electric vehicle supply chain using blockchain technology.
ComponentSoft offers a comprehensive intelligent systems deployment and development platform.
DefineSys, based in Shanghai, is an enterprise-level cloud computing service leader.
Estateably, Inc. uses distributed ledger technology to optimize the estate settlement process.
IoT.nxt BV allows rapid deployment and businesses to action an Internet of Things strategy with little or no disruption to current operations.
Kinetica transforms data into instant insight.
KR8OS creates ways to track advertising events using marketing analytics on blockchain.
Linode is a leading cloud hosting provider.
Nutanix, Inc. enables IT teams to build and operate powerful multi-cloud architecture.
Nuvoloso is a multi-cloud container data management system.
PlanetScale Data runs highly scalable database clusters with Vitess.
QingYuan Technology is committed to enterprise containerized platform as service through delivering sophisticated containerized solutions across industry and government scenarios, with capabilities of orchestration, monitor, DevOps, and microservices governance, to empower IT revolution within the cloud native ecosystem.
Tierion creates technology and products that reduce the cost and complexity of trust.
UTRUST offers a cryptocurrency payment solution with instant transactions, buyer protection and crypto-to-cash settlements.
Zhejiang Blockchain Technology is a blockchain technology development and promotion company.

With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain, and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

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IoT And SCADA: Is One Going To Replace The Other?

Industrial IoT and the connected factory concept are red-hot topics. Yet often, there is confusion among professionals in both on and offline discussions around the role of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Questions like, “Does IoT replace SCADA?”, “Can the two be integrated?” and “What is the difference between IoT, SCADA & PLC?” always arise.

Essentially, IoT should be viewed as a technology that is implemented on top of SCADA. It makes things like scalability, data analytics, standardisation and interoperability realities.

So, does the Internet of Things replace SCADA, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition as the textbooks call it? With the implementation of IoT, Industry 4.0 and the interaction with the well-established SCADA systems, these questions of uncertainty are being raised more and more. For over 40 years, SCADA has helped various industries monitor and manage their applications and processes. It helps boost the efficiency of operations and reduce costs. Yet with technological advances expanding the range of both systems and monitoring methods available, and as the world connects via smartphones and internet cloud technologies, some believe that perhaps SCADA has had its day.

Co-founder and CEO of IoT.nxt, Nico Steyn, noted that “in fact, IoT is what’s going to bring SCADA systems to the next level. Instead of fighting against each other, the two technologies can instead integrate to push industry even closer to the edge.”

What is SCADA?

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition is just as the name suggests. Essentially, it is a system of software and hardware that allows industries to control industrial processes locally or at remote locations, monitoring, gathering and processing real-time data. It also allows direct interaction with smart devices and human-machine interface software and records events into a log file.

So, SCADA is much like IoT. Yet IoT, the shiny new technology, is developing faster than anything we’ve seen in recent years. However, SCADA is still an important concept in the oil and gas industry. Especially when it comes to monitoring offshore or onshore extraction processes or pipeline from a central remote location. It is used similarly in the mining industry to monitor environmental factors and to track assets. Power utilities use SCADA in Energy Management Systems (EMS) as well as Distribution Management Systems (DMS) to optimise the performance of transmission and distribution networks and to protect the grid network. Then, SCADA is also used by railways to control traction power supply, implement train control automation, and manage communication, electrical and mechanical assets at stations.

So, SCADA systems are still predominant within heavy asset industries. With three generations of SCADA – standalone, distributed and networked – some industries are starting to utilize what some know as the fourth generation SCADA application. Some also know this to be the Internet of Things. And, as the fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, implementing fourth generation SCADA with the revolutionizing technology of IoT seems very fitting.

What is PLC?

One technology that has been running relatively parallel to SCADA over the past few decades is the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The PLC is yet another form of technology that is believed to be becoming slightly outdated due to so many IoT developments within Industry 4.0.

The Programmable Logic Controller receives information from connected sensors or input devices, processes the data, and triggers outputs based on pre-programmed parameters. Essentially, a PLC can monitor and record real-time data such as machine productivity or operating temperature. It can also automatically start and stop processes, and generate alarms if a machine malfunctions.

Many of the functions of a PLC operate in correlation to those of SCADA and IoT. However, in Industry 4.0, programmable controllers are still being called upon to communicate data via web browser, connect to databases via Structured Query Language (SQL) and to the cloud via Message Queuing Telemetry Transport.

“We don’t believe that there has ever been, or likely ever will be, a technology that will be rendered irrelevant. When it comes to IoT, the technology will rather enhance device capabilities and further technological developments. This will protect legacy infrastructure and future-proofing a plant or factory,” Mr Steyn added.

A partner in IoT

Ease of installation, reduced cost, increased data accuracy and worldwide remote control and monitoring are all things that IoT offers heavy asset industries. However, as IoT is a relatively new technology in relation to SCADA and PLC, its capabilities are naturally adaptable to modern industry demands. That being said, when SCADA began, it allowed manufacturers’ systems to work together in real-time, much like IoT is doing now. Therefore, it’s very much apparent that the strength of SCADA systems and its technological capabilities are still relevant even in industry 4.0. Where it falls short, however, is processing to the rest of a business to create a truly connected ecosystem. The question shouldn’t be about getting rid of or replacing SCADA, but rather SCADA, then what?

Currently, IoT is revolutionising SCADA by offering more standardisation and openness. IoT is also providing scalability, interoperability and enhanced security by introducing the concept of the IoT platform. Essentially, both platforms are used to increase overall productivity by integrating smart maintenance. As well as waste reduction, increase in efficiency, a decrease in downtime and the extension of equipment life.

Information generated from SCADA systems acts as one of the data sources for IoT. SCADA’s focus is on monitoring and controlling. Whereas, IoT is more focused on analysing machine data to improve your productivity and impact your top line. IoT is essentially a culmination of advances in the connectivity of hardware and data networks that SCADA provides. As well as cloud computing and bit-data processing. In short, IoT begins where SCADA and PLC end.

So, while the IoT market is still in early production, it can coexist with SCADA. IoT is bringing about a wave of new business models and technologies that are changing the landscape of SCADA. However, the SCADA paradigm has always been one that is flexible to industry shifts.

Integrate or die

Admittedly, the SCADA platform is lacking particular innovations, otherwise, the need for IoT would be far more subjective. SCADA is currently being influenced by IoT concepts and solutions that are quickly being integrated into SCADA architecture. This is done so seamlessly that we won’t ever notice a difference.

However, SCADA is still currently limited to the factory floor. Data taken from the factory devices are being viewed only inside the plant. Whereas IoT takes that data, offers insights to the user and makes it available anywhere, anytime. This, in turn, enables new business models to be created.

Steyn also noted that “without the supportive innovations that IoT offers the SCADA and PLC platforms, it is possible that these technologies could, down the track, lose some necessity as more technologies come along that don’t consist of the same integrative nature that IoT carries.”

How IoT can help

If you already have a SCADA system in place, you can integrate the IoT solution with your SCADA system and collect data from a Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) machine. By leveraging the power and scalability of IoT, you can use collected data to create a wide range of reports such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness reports, Production Data reports as well as utility reports (gas, water, power).

In the future, it’s likely that SCADA systems will evolve into those of IoT. Equipment and PLC will become more intelligent and will be able to integrate different cloud platforms. This will enable new security platforms that will further secure any data that is recorded. This means that improvements that will save money can be performed.

SCADA is more about allowing humans to interact remotely with a process. Whereas IoT is generally used as a machine-to-machine communication tool. Rather than something that exists primarily to present information to a human. That is just a small part of its process. IoT ensures that information is shared with both people and machine, rather than just people. In short, it makes sure that everyone and everything is kept in the loop at all times.

The comparative analysis 

In the end, both SCADA and IoT involve sensors and data acquisition. Although they do differ in many aspects, they both share the one common goal. The optimization of use and, eventually, better control over some devices or a process. The whole idea of a smart grid leads to SCADA and IoT integration. As SCADA is not a full control system, rather a computer system that gathers and analyses real-time data, it is useful in monitoring and controlling a plant or industrial equipment. It will gather information about a mishap, transfer it back to a central site and alert the home station. It will then carry out any necessary analysis and control and display the information in a logical and organized fashion for humans to then interpret and use accordingly.

The Internet of Things is made up of a network of physical devices connected via electronic embedding, software setups, sensor-actuators and network connectivity which all act together for the objects to connect and exchange data. IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across different networking infrastructures. Therefore, it creates opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems. This results in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit and also cuts down on human intervention.

Both platforms offer an abundance of advantages, as well as some vulnerabilities. It is predicted that by 2020, 50 billion devices or things will be connected to the internet. Therefore, the dynamics of an Internet-based control system are becoming a living reality. Industry 4.0 is an era in which emerging trend automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies are allowing for a shift from traditionally implemented SCADA to an IoT implemented one. With SCADA, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing, Industry 4.0 is an era that will change the dynamics of the entire automation industry.

XLink Partners With IoT.nxt To Strengthen Its Digital Capability

MEDIA STATEMENT 13 July 2018

XLink is pleased to announce that it has clinched a strategic partnership with IoT innovator IoT.nxt, with the aim of enabling businesses to rapidly digitalise their operations and take advantage of the Internet of Things.

IoT.nxt is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Platforms and winner of several innovation and IoT awards. The company opened an office in The Hague in September last year and is currently expanding into the USA having concluded partnership agreements with key industry players including Dell.

With over fourteen years as a secure machine-to-machine connectivity expert, XLink intends to leverage its core capabilities and grow a best of breed partner ecosystem to bring new value propositions to the market.

“We believe IoT.nxt offers a premium solution that will strengthen our offering as the orchestration partner of choice for digital transformation – essentially, providing what we see as fulfilling the role of ‘the missing link’ in IoT implementations. Furthermore, we foresee that our collaboration will unlock opportunity and value creation for both our businesses, our customers and our ecosystems,” says XLink MD, Roy van Vuuren.

Connectivity is in XLink’s DNA and it is an expert in developing Industry 4.0 solutions using the best products and best practices. XLink understand that its customers want results that make sense to their companies, so they can continue to focus on business. XLink ensures that the mission-critical devices and connectivity networks upon which the digital solution relies can be installed, monitored and maintained for optimum uptime and profitability with their outsourced services capability.

“We are delighted that XLink invested in our technology. It is IoT.nxt’s strategy to build innovative software that we can take to market through channel and strategic partnerships. Our technology stack is designed to be a toolset for partners to utilise as part of their technology ecosystems, which enables digital transformation. XLink is a dynamic company in the local market with a clear view of how it wants to transform its company and through the agreement concluded with IoT.nxt can offer new and innovative solutions to their customers,” says IoT.nxt CEO, Nico Steyn.

“This partnership will be mutually beneficial to us and XLink and it is an exciting next step in the development of IoT.nxt. The focus of what we do is to drive business value through the use of IoT technology, which we believe is more about business strategy than a pure technology solution. This latest agreement allows us to reach a much wider market,” says Steyn.

“This is XLink’s legacy: to use the best of connectivity and technology, and make digital transformation a reality for our customers, communities and continent.

The potential of this new era is incredible, and the vision of creating a better future by bringing together the technologies and partners to transform society is exciting,” concludes van Vuuren.

ISSUED BY: XLINK and IoT.nxt

NOTE TO EDITORS:
XLink was established in 2004 to become a leading provider in providing agility, resilience and best practice in connectivity for the retail and payment sectors. With this expertise, XLink’s capabilities cultivated a competency of building a better world through technology, connectivity, partners and people, to provide businesses with connectivity, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions that will scale as they need them and that are aligned to their strategies. With our partner Vodacom we provide market-leading IT solutions utilising the latest innovations and trends in information technology for the benefit of our customers.
For more information call 011 438 3000; e-mail [email protected] or visit www.xlink.co.za
NOTE TO EDITORS:
IoT.nxt’s unique technology stack bridges the gap between all protocols in the industrial ecosystem, creating a single integration/translation point. Its patented RaptorTM gateway allows organisations to retrofit all existing legacy systems with no rip and replace. A powerful data abstraction model further translates anything and everything from the edge, supporting a true subscription based big data model.
For more information call 083 302 0827; e-mail [email protected] or visit www.iotnxt.com

 

 

Hits and near-misses: Will you be the early Bird?

IoT.nxt Security: Protecting What You Cannot See

It’s no secret that large organisations are faced with numerous threats to their people, assets and operations. When an incident occurs, the faster you can react, the more likely it is that you can minimise potential losses. Delayed awareness and slow response times can be costly for production rates, profitability, reputation and the health and safety of employees. Despite waves of automation elsewhere in large enterprises, emergency responses are often still stuck in manual, reactive and often much-delayed process.

Workplace safety for industrial environments and their employees has increasingly gained widespread attention and concern due to increasing production pressures and an ever-increasing international competitiveness, in conjunction with more complex operations. This has the potential to increase health and safety risks of employees if the various risks are not adequately monitored and controlled. This is ever so present within the construction and mining industries where injuries and fatalities are far more common.

Even with the growing use of AI and robotics, things can still go wrong. Although the use of technology is typically thought to increase productivity and IT strategy, it is gaining more traction when it comes to health and safety. And with the pressures being placed on organisations to comply with health and safety laws and standards, the emergence of more sophisticated safety strategies is vital.

In no time is the conversation of mechanisation more crucial. In a recent comment to Bloomberg on mining fatalities having risen in South Africa, Peter Bailey, chairman for health and safety at the National Union of Mineworkers, commented, “Companies are maximizing profits while violating safety procedures.”

Operators in South Africa, are still using labour-intensive mining methods such as hand drilling. This backs up the notion/opinion that companies are maximising profits whilst violating safety procedures. Bloomberg also recently chatted to Patrice Motsepe, executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., about the increase in mining fatalities, who said “In a country where there’s so much unemployment, where all of us are committed to creating jobs, if you look at the mines that have the lowest fatalities, it tends to be the ones that are more mechanized.”

The risk of human error

The majority of risk management systems and safety solutions are heavily reliant on data from the various work areas. The challenge is that the status quo around data generation is paper and people driven. According to Eric Croeser, Director of Partnerships in Mining, “currently, mines rely on people to conduct these assessments and update system logs.”

As competent as these safety systems are, there is always the added risk of human error. No matter the skills and training, there is always a degree of uncertainty implied when it comes to the accuracy of each assessment based on our inability to completely separate our perception of events and outcomes. As humans, our perceptions are naturally biased by common order and, therefore, a 100% assessment cannot be obtained.

Naturally, humans are biased by their own perception of things. Human judgement and decision making are distorted by an array of cognitive, perceptual and motivational biases. This unconscious bias is pervasive within the workplace and it affects a number of business decisions. When it comes to assessing certain risks, we need to understand that it is subjective to our own thinking about risk.

According to Daniel Kahneman, Author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, there is a pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour. Kahneman states that “we’re generally overconfident in our opinions and our impressions and judgments”.  His book outlines the impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the challenges of correctly framing risks at work and home, and the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from the stock market to planning the next vacation

Croeser also noted that “within that short interval control, if you’re relying on people you’re not getting the actual data. You’re getting biased opinions and run the risk of having paperwork being filled out without actual assessments being done. You don’t know if the paper-based exercise has been completed. And to what degree it was done accurately.”

Technology: The upside to workplace safety

The workplace health and safety systems are in place to protect the well-being of the workers, as well as the productivity of the company’s machinery. Therefore, it’s important to ensure the sophistication of each process. When it comes to workplace safety within mining and industry, risks are naturally increased as the area is objectively more accident-prone.

So, we know that some change is needed to ensure more accurate assessments of safety risks. We also know that workers dislike change. As humans, we naturally tend to favour what we already know. Therefore, bringing big changes to a workplace can sometimes prove to be quite challenging. However, change is inevitable with industry markets becoming more reliant on technology and companies opening their doors to smart devices.

The Internet of Things is proving to be a game changer by revolutionising safety management. IoT is generating big gains in safety, efficiency and profitability for companies worldwide, including those heavy asset industries.

Adopting technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics is made easier with IoT and the technology also offers managers more control over the time frame between event and response to event.

Using real-time data to ensure accuracy

Automating and integrating processes will open up a new level of safety and transparency in production. Industrial safety technology allows for humans and machines to interact with each other in smart factories without any incidents. Essentially, using near-real-time data to verify and accurately quantify potential safety risks within the factory will allow managers to gain access to real, unfiltered data. These technologies will also reconstruct scenarios so they’re not affected by biases and allow for actual risk-based assessments to be made.

IoT devices offer businesses smarter devices and smarter possibilities. These devices offer something beyond simple data capture. They recognise patterns within that data and assist the worker to make an informed, statistically driven decision. Sensors within this technology will learn your machinery’s ‘normal state’ and detect patterns that deviate from it. First line managers are notified instantaneously so they can respond in a way that will better ensure the safety of the workers.

By tracking things like environmental factors that have bearing on the health and safety of the workers, businesses can assess any and all potential dangers and then create an appropriate response before an event even occurs. By using IoT and smart devices to track the risk of the operations of your mine, you will also be ensuring long-term safety, improving compliance, and assessing risks and then taking proactive action.

The early Bird

Industry safety is all about accurate, near real-time data. Operations need to be tracked 24/7 for businesses to stay on top of the safety of their workers. When it comes to accurately assessing injury and fatality rates, as well as all the near misses and unsafe acts, we need to look to the bottom of the Bird Triangle. With hundreds of unsafe, no-injury incidents being reported, and many more near-misses, for every major injury including fatality and major disability, it can be easy to miss all the times that an event almost occurred.

“The base incidents and near misses or collisions, excessive machine use or damages, PLCs integrated into different systems showing how many times conveyor belts fall out on pull keys – those are the events that are likely caused by someone doing something unsafe. In a digitalised world, you can start exploring the correlation of these events to factors like people position, environmental factors and other input KPIs into the process for more information.”

Companies can track these near misses in near real-time to create and implement more accurate systems of prevention. It also allows managers to stay educated on the behaviours that the workers typically adopt that may prove to be unsafe and, therefore, lead to incident. As a result, more relevant training programs and industry education can be implemented to assist the human side of accident prevention. There is also the possibility that, through IoT, these data points could be integrated into a model that can be used for training in a simulated VR environment. An interactive training environment that emulates the existing control systems, the physical plant design and layout and the operator consoles will optimize the transfer of skills from off-line training environments to the actual work environment as well as maximise team training and communication.

Going digital will also reduce the amount of paperwork and time required to report on any and all incidents, major and minor, within the workplace. “Consider an employer who downgrades performance ratings based on incidents being filed. Would you track them all accurately, even if no-one is injured?”

Using real-time data to gain access to more accurate recordings in the bottom two portions of the triangle ensure that you are able to intervene before, minor and non-injury incidents, and at-risk behaviours occur within the Bird Triangle occur, filling it up to Lost Time Injury/fatality.

Better communication for companies

The aim of IoT integrated technologies, is to connect enterprise sensory data, system data, and employee smart devices together to create a single multi-channel critical communication platform. By collecting data from all pieces of operating machinery and converting that data into meaningful 24/7 information, disruptions in operations are minimised while employees are kept safe and informed. A single multi-channel communication platform will also ensure that all communications and interactions coming in from various channels are tracked, measured and managed accordingly.

Using technology to harness the strengths of high-speed communication is fundamental for improving workplace safety. Critical communication platforms are deployed to warn people in the event of a crisis.

By integrating critical communications with IoT technology, organisations can improve physical security and business continuity as well as minimise the impact of crisis including machinery malfunction, security breaches, physical injury and a mechanical warehouse fire.

Digital technology is providing the answers

With technology advancing daily, it’s vital to stay in tune with the smart devices available within your industry. By using IoT smart devices, you can generate data that will always keep you up to date on what’s happening a job site, in real-time. Then, by combining this data with other other innovative tools like the Cloud, mobile, VR, AR, and automation, companies can help others strengthen safety programs and initiatives.

So, when it comes to supporting the health and safety measures of your company, digitalisation is just what the doctor ordered. The solutions and thinking discussed here don’t just hold true for the health and safety of your workers, but also for operational efficiency. Any employee downtime could result in production and operational downtime for the company. Implementing the IoT technological measures will also reduce the amount of operational downtime a company has when things go wrong. By continuously tracking the operations of the factory and the safety of its workers, improvements can be made and solutions can be implemented without laying impact on the efficiency of production.