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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. 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.
December 18, 2019

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Arco Innovation Award

Arco Innovation Award: Meet the finalists, part 3

The third and final batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the Robots and Cobots, Drones and Proximity Detection categories, has been announced.

Launched in October, the Arco Innovation Award aims to drive innovation in the health and safety sector. The finalists have been split into categories. See the first batch of Arco Innovation Award finalists, in the Software & AI solutions and AR, VR & MR categories, here. Click here to view the second batch of finalists, in the ergonomics and wearable technology categories.

The final batch of eleven are previewed below:



An indoor location-tracking system for assets and workers in warehouses. It develops ultrasound sensors for the real-time tracking of people and assets, providing services such as forklift tracking, and 24/7 visibility of a company’s high value assets. The solution also offers a software platform to analyse operational performance and make recommendations to optimise equipment use and avoid accidents. This allows facilities managers to make better decisions around safety, human labour and fleet utilisation.


A solution to reduce the risk of collisions and accidents between workers and moving machinery.

The equipment uses magnetic field variation and bidirectional Alerts to ensure that when a pedestrian and a mobile truck come within a pre-set distance from one another, the equipment alerts both the pedestrian and the driver so that they can react appropriately.

It is designed to be used in environments where workers have to walk alongside potentially dangerous moving equipment, such as construction sites, logistics and other industrial environments.


A tracking device for monitoring the safety of goods or people. The hardware and embedded software enables the technology to record movements and sends warning messages based on set parameters.  It has specific applications for the medical, industrial and security sectors.

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An advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) technology to enhance driver safety and reduce unnecessary accidents and deaths.

Its software detects pedestrians and objects using a display that can be installed in a vehicle to warn drivers of potential upcoming hazards. It also provides a traffic monitoring system that uses computer vision to identify, classify and count relevant traffic objects ensuring the driver complies safely. The ADAS software also identifies, tracks and predicts the trajectories of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

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Shadow Robot Company

A solution that consists of anthropomorphic robot hands and other related systems for use on robots, to allow them to solve practical and real-world problems. Products include the Dexterous Hand and the Modular Grasper.

Robotic hands and associated products can be utilised in a number of sectors, including product testing, manufacturing, teleoperation, food processing and pharmaceutical.

Shadow Robot Company

Blue Danube Robotics

A touch-sensitive safety casing for robots and grippers. The padded covering of the casing uses sensors to detect contact and immediately activate a machine stop, limiting the risk of injury to workers. The soft material helps reduce the effects of force until it reaches a standstill. Its product ‘AIRSKIN’ is designed to enable safer human-robot collaboration. This increases: safety in collaborative factory work, robot efficiency and therefore productivity.

Blue Danube Robotics


A wearable sensor-laden suit that a person can wear to demonstrate actions for a robot to replicate. Utilising smart clothing, the solution enables non-technical experts and programmers to teach industrial robots through software via the wearer’s jacket and gloves. Allowing the user to programme the robots in a much shorter amount of time, enables a manufacturer to keep its production line moving and reduce the safety risks of un-programmed machines in a work-space.



A collection of software and hardware solutions to support industrial operations and maintenance. Diota’s software can be integrated directly into industry-standard software, environments and tools. Using augmented reality, the solutions allow work instructions to be overlaid on real objects, enabling safe operation and handling. Its hardware solutions include handles equipped with HD cameras for recording maintenance work and projection systems for larger and more complex visualisations.


A cloud-based platform with mixed-reality designed to assist with maintenance and repairs in the manufacturing industry. Using wearable augmented reality glasses, workers can be quickly connected to a remote expert, who can offer maintenance and repair assistance by projecting suggested repairs on to the worker’s field of view through the glasses. The platform also allows for augmented collaboration and worker training, as text and visual instructions can be employed via the augmented reality glasses. It lets workers be guided safely and carefully through repairs and operational tasks, lessening the risk of accidental errors or injury.



A Software-as-a-Service that enables hands-free collaboration among field service technicians. By downloading the Fieldbit app and syncing it with commercially available smart glasses, field technicians are able to share live videos with service centre experts. The experts then create precise visual instructions that are superimposed on to the technician’s field of view through the glasses, via augmented reality. This allows the technician to keep both hands free while performing repairs on complex machinery. The visual instructions can also be used for training purposes, guiding workers step-by-step through operational processes. It can reduce service costs and equipment downtime, as well as improving worker safety while they are conducting repairs.


Expert Teleportation

A hands-free industrial assistance solution, created by Singularity Insight. Workers can receive immediate and real-time assistance from industrial engineers by wearing glasses specially fitted with a camera and microphone. The glasses are connected to software accessible on a tablet, which enables the engineers to access exactly what the workers are seeing in real-time. Instructions can then be communicated via the microphone. This solution can increase the efficiency and speed of expert interventions. It is also used for training purposes, enabling a remote expert to share verbal instructions with workers from a remote location. It also reduces the risk of workplace accident and injury while handling industrial machinery, as the worker can be guided precisely by experts.

Expert Teleportation



Drone services for indoor and outdoor infrastructure inspection and monitoring. Its drones can inspect industrial facilities and engineering structures for maintenance and condition monitoring. This eradicates the need for workers to inspect areas manually and enables safe operation and maintenance. It also collects spatial data to provide precise mapping of infrastructure, customises third-party hardware and software systems, and focuses on developing new technologies such as flying beyond the visual line of sight, or BVLOS.


A drone-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution for aircraft maintenance, to improve an organisations aircraft inspection processes. It develops software that scans the surface of aircrafts on the ground through the use of drones. The drones trace the images captured and the software calculates the localised risks of failure through machine learning. This eradicates the need for manual inspections on first instance, lowering the risk of workplace injury for non-essential tasks.

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A semi-automated drone service for industrial inspections. Its drones use integrated computer vision cameras, embedded software and artificial intelligence to detect damage and corrosion in wind turbine and solar systems. This eradicates the need for workers to inspect wind turbines manually, ensuring safe operation and maintenance and eliminating the potential risk of a fall from height. HelJO also provides a maintenance report to the client after inspections, and offers a photogrammetry tool to create 3D models of assets and building. This is designed to be used in planning, surveying and agriculture.

HELJO Industries

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