How does technology contribute to the health and safety of people?

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Drones, clothes, 5G, Artificial intelligence… These all came to stay. And what could be better than to intelligently use the technology at our disposal and derive everything we can from it to improve the safety of our workers and the physical and digital security of the transport and energy infrastructure we use?

One of the questions we asked ourselves in 2019 was: “What can we do to make people safer?“It was then that the Security laboratoryprogram was born. This innovation laboratory seeks to adopt new methodologies and technologies that help improve the safety conditions of workers and people who use our infrastructures. He achieved more than 15 projectsto date for all business units of the company.


Technology as a driver of change

Security laboratory allowshare knowledge, experiences, challenges and innovative solutions between various companies to generate a more consolidated and collective health and safety culture.

One of SafetyLABmain characteristics is that the actions carried out respond to specific and significant challenges for the company in terms of security, starting by identifying the risks that exist in the different jobs and tasks that people perform. In this way, they can be offered more security and autonomy.


Safework: minimizing risks on construction sites

One of the first initiatives that emerged at Security laboratorywas Safe work. It aims to support workers when driving heavy construction vehicles with a wider field of vision and faster reaction time on site. This allows to avoid collisions or accidents since the operator has valuable information on areas he cannot see and where there may be people or other machinery.At the same time, it gives the driver essential information clearly and preciselywithout being distracted by what is going on around them.

In addition, when the device installed in the vehicle detects someone moving, it sends an audible and visual warning to both the driver and the moving person. To date, this type of solution has been deployed at various sites in Spain and the United States with 7,000 operating hours, with more than 20 vehicles and 100 people using them.


Active Light Vest: increases the visibility of operators on the roads

Another initiative launched by Security laboratoryis the active light; its objective is to increase the visibility of operators on the roads.

An operator on the road should wear a reflective vest, but sometimes this is not enough to make them visible. This is why Active Light was developed. This the vest is equipped with active lights and LED lights, increasing the visibility of workers by 700%– the difference between 50 meters or 350 meters. In this case, the person does not reflect any type of light, but the vest itself emits it.

The vest is also equipped with advanced features, operating autonomously through a device that communicates with the control center. If something should happen to a worker (SOS Alert – Man Down Warning), the control center would know in less than 5 seconds. In this way, we can increase the safety of those who work on the road. Currently, this solution has been used for more than 500 hours on the A-66highway to Zamora. It will extend to other Cintra dealerships such as the Via do Infantethe Algarve highway and the I-77in the United States, reaching over 50 vests in use worldwide.


VR Training Awareness: virtual reality training for high-risk environments

Employee training is another important focus at SafetyLAB. This is the reason behind Awareness of VR trainingis the launch. This initiative allows employees to follow training courses by applying Virtual Reality technology in high-risk environments.

Thanks to this immersive technology, employees can feel on site thanks to virtual reality glasses,at the top of a scaffolding or at the wheel of a dumper. In all of these situations, employees can apply or even acquire preventive knowledge to create a safe work environment and put the theory learned into practice in a “near real” environment.

These courses are currently held in Spain, UK and USA, with over 150 hours of training and over 100 people trained. They are expected to reach more countries soon.


Peer review: reduce risks during site visits

Another applied solution proposed to Security laboratorymakes video calls where someone at a location other than the site can see what is happening in the work environment. This distance reduces risk and helps create safer environments.

This project is known as Peer review, a solution where a camera is integrated into the work helmets. Thanks to it you can show anyone anywhere what you see, and your hands are free since it does not require a cell phone or any other type of device.

The headset is also equipped with a microphone and a headset so that you can call, talk, take photos and videos, and make video calls. In addition to this, there is also a system that can detect falls and alert 112 (or 911) and / or your colleagues in the event of an accident. This means that in less than 20 seconds, an emergency team is aware of what has happened and can send help as soon as possible. This solution is deployed in Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, with more than 100 interactions carried out.

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Ferrovial SA published this content on October 29, 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on October 29, 2021 08:18:04 AM UTC.


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