Zyter, Inc., creator of a digital health and IoT-enablement platform, announced this week it is collaborating with Zurich North America (Zurich), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Everguard.ai (Everguard) and Rudolph Libbe Group (RLG) to advance the use of AI-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to enhance construction safety.

The goal, they said, is to help prevent jobsite incidents and accidents that can result in serious injuries and costly property damage.

The five companies say they are “bringing together technologies and risk knowledge to provide construction managers with a 360-degree view of construction sites and real-time alerts regarding workers’ adherence to safety regulations. The collaboration represents the next step forward in propelling construction safety from a reactive to a proactive approach.”

Zyter’s SmartSpaces platform, analytics and front-end dashboard is being integrated with Everguard’s Sentri360 AI platform, made possible through the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program and Qualcomm IoT Services Suite.

RLG, a provider of construction and facility services, will beta test the collaborative offering at one of its jobsites this month. RLG’s insurance provider, Zurich North America, will monitor the impact and evaluate the solution for use with other construction customers.

“This collaboration takes best practices for construction site management and worker safety to a new level,” said Sanjay Govil, founder and CEO of Zyter, Inc.

“Together we are making worker safety more manageable for the construction industry by delivering improved visibility across an entire work site.

Initial efforts will focus on using AI and computer vision (CV) to enhance safety protocols already in place on construction jobsites for initiatives such as personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance and geofencing of restricted areas.

“Prioritizing construction safety and digital management of construction sites allows construction companies and their commercial insurance providers the ability to focus on worker safety,” said Sanjeet Pandit, senior director of business development and global head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies.

“Construction-Management-as-a-Service will continue to accelerate the transformation of city infrastructure and services to help enrich communities’ lives.”

Using a continuous stream of real-time data from IoT devices on workers and building materials, the project, according to a release, “will deliver a seamless, up-to-the second view of what is happening across the entire construction site to the Zyter dashboard.

“Additionally, through state-of-the-art data visualization, analytics and intelligent insights, construction companies will be able to easily monitor and address events, operational issues, and incidents. Advanced analytics will help construction companies determine worker productivity and safety scores, as well as gain insight into other metrics related to construction site management.”

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