Air Liquide, Bouygues Construction, CEA and Suez are partners in the Ideas Laboratory, which has been developing online equipment to improve the safety of operatives and the ergonomics of the working environment. The modular range enables communication, analysis of the environment and transmission of relevant information.
The online sleeve is intended to improve the working conditions for operatives in the field working in each partner’s specific line of business: on building sites for Bouygues Construction, at gas production and processing sites for Air Liquide, and collecting, sorting and recovering waste for Suez.
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The sleeve is the result of two years of joint studies carried out through the innovation initiative. The portable terminal is worn on the forearm and complements the range of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by operatives. It is interactive, and is designed to guide employees, keep them informed and give them help in real time when they are working in the field. They also benefit from an innovative system for communicating, collaborating and optimising efficiency while keeping their hands free, no matter what the weather conditions, said the developers.
Other modular digital tools have also been designed by the project partners to equip the “online operative”. They can be adapted according to the requirements of each partner’s business: a high-vis jacket equipped with sensors able to analyse the air, glasses with an integrated camera and safety boots allowing geolocation.
The pilot phase has been successful, said the developers, and the kit will now be progressively rolled out in several French regions for use by each partner’s employees.