The economy has experienced a multitude of eras: agricultural, industrial, and now – the informational revolution. Referred to by Forbes as the ‘Industry 4.0,’ information technology has changed the landscape in which we work. Much like the industrial revolution, the shift is rapidly forcing company adaptation to stay competitive.
One of the more recent advancements is the introduction of industrial wearables in the workplace. Designed to improve workplace productivity, safety, and efficiency, these devices reside on the waist, wrist, or chest of the workers they support. Coined ‘The Internet of Things’ (IoT), the wearables collaborate together not only to train the individual on his/her biomechanics, but to give management aggregate insights on which teams need additional training. Collecting and comparing overtime, a company is able to see the progress in dashboards and reports which directly correlate to costs in worker compensation.
This technology was originally developed for professional athletes, collecting data on their form and performance to accelerate improvement. Recognizing injury rates and their cost has brought the solution to adapt a workforce in much higher demand of healthier postures and biomechanics. These industries are defined as:
- First Responders
It’s exciting to be living in a time where top notch wearable technology is becoming available in ways that have measurable positive impact on quality of life.