Editor, Safety & Health Practitioner

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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming.

Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.

November 1, 2019

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Arco Innovation Award

Arco Innovation Award: Meet the finalists, part 1

The first batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the Software & AI solutions and AR, VR & MR categories, has been announced.

Launched in October, the Arco Innovation Award aims to drive innovation in the health and safety sector. A specialist agency has identified 36 start-ups who will go through a detailed assessment and be scored on their ability to execute their plan, their market positioning, commercial trend, technology and execution and their market appetite for the solution put forward. The shortlisted finalists will present their innovations to a carefully selected panel of judges in January.

As part of the launch, SHP visited Arco’s Headquarters in Hull to sit down with Director of Marketing, Adam Young to find out more about the competition and how it works.

The finalists have been split into categories and the first 13 are previewed below:

Software and AI solutions

Terracom

A software to manage security personal that enables clients to visualise, analyse and monitor all security operations (QR-Patrol). Another principal product is MyLoneWorkers, which is designed to address safety issues arising from isolated workers. A real-time and online monitoring system designed to enable companies to protect and monitor lone workers through the use of a mobile app and/or website.

Terracom

MyAngel

A “turnkey” solution designed to bring personalised assistance to isolated workers. The solution contains two hardware alert boxes (My Link and MyLink+) that are connected to a remote monitoring platform, enabling 24/7 workplace monitoring. An isolated worker can use one of the devices to send a geo-located alert to an emergency call centre and receive assistance if required. The solution can be used by large and medium-sized companies with isolated or itinerant workers, and also by individuals such as sportspeople, retirees and children.

My AngelErmeo

A web and mobile platform, known as the Connected Operator Platform, which offers an enhanced documentation solution for field technicians.

This allows for greater collaboration between teams in a business and simplified communication with customers.

Ermeo

Nexyad

Artificial Intelligence for real-time driving risk calculating. SafetyNex works alone or with add-on software components called: VisiNex, RoadNex, ObstaNex. The products operate on a deep learning system which is able to anticipate risks by measuring some additional factors such as lack of visibility, shape of the road or obstacles, making it safer for the driver to operate a vehicle.

The modules work with data, signal and image processing technologies to monitor the road and driving conditions, pre-warning the driver of hazards with a vocal alert which is designed to reduce accidents.

NexyadNeuron Soundware

Diagnostic technology used for early detection of broken machines. Neuron’s IoT solution records sound using sensors that are attached to the machine and connected to a central hardware unit. Using AI, the unit then constantly monitors and assesses the sound data recorded from the machine. All data can be easily viewed and stored on a central dashboard, which can be accessed via a desktop, tablet or smartphone. The solution reduces the risk of operators suffering injuries from malfunctioning machinery and prevents costly unplanned downtime.

Neuron Soundware

WorkHeld

A digital workforce management solution for the construction and maintenance industries. It provides a simple web-based platform, which project managers can use to assign work, monitor progress and distribute information in real-time to mobile field workers. The field workers can then access this information via a tablet application. The solution allows for easy and efficient monitoring of mobile workers, ensuring greater safety and productivity.

Workheld

Simsoft Industry

A smart voice assistant solution designed to be used in industries such as construction. Production operators can upload and integrate written instructions and technical documents on to Simsoft’s digital voice assistant desktop platform. The instructions are then disseminated to other connected devices, such as tablets, telephones and even machinery. An integrated chatbot service installed on these devices allows the instructions to be accessed and played back remotely by workers. This ensures greater job safety for workers as it allows them to access fast and accurate help, as well as increasing productivity and job performance.

Simsoft

Deep Eyes

Individualised AI computer vision-systems for industrial monitoring and surveillance purposes. Its systems are designed to be used in either the logistics or manufacturing industries.

These systems operate on standard hardware and use standard cameras, rather than operating on high computing power. This enables its targeted businesses to benefit from higher security at a lower cost.

It is currently active in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the US.

Deep Eyes

Augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR)

XXII Group

Focussing on virtual, augmented and mixed reality, the XXII Group is a deep technology company specialising in computer vision, machine learning and deep learning. It offers personalised services and products for businesses in a broad range of sectors in the fields of training, simulation and maintenance. For instance, its technology has been used as a risk prevention training tool for running chemical processes.

It offers an AI SaaS (software as a service) platform that uses its technology to analyse video streams. This technology is designed to be used for building and on-site safety and security.

XXII Group

NxtBase

An assisted reality solution platform that allows production, logistics and services to be visually guided and completely voice-controlled through the use of wearable devices such as smart watches, data glasses and gloves. Information and instruction can be fed via these devices directly into the production, logistics and service processes using Augmented Reality.

NxtBase

RE’FLEKT

A technology solution for industrial environments such as: automotive, energy, chemicals and transportation. The technology enables its users to create their own in-house augmented and mixed-reality platforms for their own application. Augmented reality allows the user to turn ordinary processes such as paper-based training manuals into interactive guides, without the need for coding. This can be used for training, repairs, maintenance and day to day operations.

RE'FLEKT

WayRay

A navigation system for cars that projects holographic GPS imagery on to the windshield of a vehicle to provide an augmented reality driving experience. Its product ‘Element’, is designed to collect information about driving which can be used to correct driver behaviour. Presented in the form of a dongle which can be plugged into a car, it will analyse driving habits and teach drivers how to be safer and more economical on the road.

Its aim is to prevent accidents caused by in-car distractions, improve GPS navigation experience, driving skills and fuel efficiency, making for safer journeys.

WayraySyslor

A software to visualise underground utilities networks with augmented reality. It processes digital maps and plans to create accurate visualisations for site managers, helping to reduce the risk of accidental damage or injury to workers.

It is predominantly designed for use in civil engineering, network operators, surveying and local energy provision to ensure safety and to optimise excavation operations.

Syslor



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