Technology has taken over many aspects of our lives, which can be great or terrible, depending on who you ask. It has improved numerous tasks and activities and brought us countless benefits. However, it has also left many of us dependent on a screen.
One thing is for sure: without technology, workplaces, roads, and public venues would be a lot less safe than they currently are. Here are some examples of useful technologies that improve safety.
Wearable technology, such as wrist monitors and safety vests, can monitor the health of employees and their movements, and their location. Wearables are programmed to alert workers whenever a potential hazard is present.
For example, a wrist monitor could alert someone working outdoors that they are at risk of suffering from a heat stroke. Similarly, a safety vest could reduce the risks of being struck by passing drivers for road construction workers. Also, read about Wearable Biosensors.
Digital safety training platforms
Workers who perform their duties in dangerous and challenging environments need to be trained on how to use safety equipment and how to avoid accidents. Of course, this training can be done with printed safety manuals.
However, it can also be done on interactive training platforms that can be accessed on mobile devices, and even though the use of Virtual Reality headsets. Digital safety training platforms engage workers and make them more likely to complete the required training and remember what they have learned.
Weapon detection sensors
A weapon detection sensor can effectively replace metal detectors and physical searches for keeping high-traffic venues safe. Such a system helps eliminate threats without interrupting the movements of the crowd.
Powered by artificial intelligence and multi-sensors, weapon detection sensors can identify concealed guns and knives. The sensors alert you so that suspicious individual are apprehended before they attack anyone. This concealed weapons detection technology will keep concert venues, shopping malls, schools, and other public buildings safe.
Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a technology that makes it possible to track the location of vehicles, equipment, stock, and employees. The RFID tags are often implemented as part of wearable technology.
Warehouses are noisy work environments where accidents frequently occur. When workers are equipped with RFID tags, forklifts and other moving equipment can be alerted of their proximity thanks to an RFID signal reader. This helps moving equipment avoid pedestrians, and alerts pedestrians so they can avoid being hit.
Real-time location systems, or RTLS, is a technology that can, just like RFID tags, be attached to equipment and workers. It tracks their locations and movements in real-time, which helps make hazardous workplaces much safer.
Accidents can be prevented and avoided, but if an issue occurs, RTLS technology allows supervisors to review the data collected by the system to understand what caused the incident. This empowers them to make sure these events will not repeat themselves.
Forklift operators often have to deal with poor visibility, due to the loads they are lifting and carrying around their workplace.
Forklift cameras can be installed on a forklift to help the operator see what is in front of them. When combined with RFID and RTLS tags and readers, this camera technology can improve the safety of warehouses and other dangerous work facilities.
Adaptive cruise control
We have all heard of cruise control, which allows car drivers to set and maintain the speed of their vehicles during long drives. Now, vehicles can be equipped with adaptive cruise control or ACC.
This technology works with laser or radar sensors, and it automatically reduces the speed of a vehicle whenever it approaches another vehicle. When that vehicle is far enough, the system readjusts the speed to the initial setting. This improved cruise control system helps make roads safer.
Lane departure warning systems
A lane departure warning system is another example of technology a vehicle can be equipped with. With the help of a small camera, this system detects the road’s striped and solid lane markings. It alerts the driver whenever their vehicle starts deviating from its lane. Of course, no alert is emitted by the system if the lane deviation was preceded by a turn signal.
Pedestrian detection systems
Pedestrian detection systems can also be a part of a vehicle’s advanced driver assistance systems. Thermal cameras and infrared sensors combine to detect the presence of pedestrians, even at night or whenever the visibility is low due to rain or fog. This type of system helps save lives as it protects both car drivers and pedestrians from the risks of collisions.