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Wearables aim to boost ergonomics

09 March 2022

AN ARTIFICIAL Intelligence based wearable technology that helps employees avoid physical injury at work, is being rolled out across the UK by Stanley.

The wearable technology, which has been developed by Soter Analytics, comes as two integrated products  - Soter Coach and Soter Task.

Soter Coach delivers personalised coaching to workers using a wearable device and provides recommendations via a mobile app. It directly challenges the traditional classroom style of manual handling training, by identifying, addressing, and monitoring unsafe movement and posture while carrying out everyday activities as part of an employee’s role. Using Soter Coach, a typical worker is said to improve their ergonomic safety by reducing the hazardous back and shoulder movements they make by up to 55%.

Soter Task  is an AI-driven vision processing technology which assesses ergonomic risk within tasks in minutes and on-the-go. This cloud-based solution combines video captured through a mobile application with AI-driven data analysis to accurately measure risk movements in the workplace, and help with ​implementing tools that keep workers safe. In this way it allows employees to manage their own physical wellbeing and helps businesses reduce the risk of injury.

Stanley managing director Graham Sharp, says: “Workplace injuries are on the rise meaning the use of AI tech and wearable devices will be increasingly important over the coming years to help reduce this risk. Taking into account litigation claims and worker shortages, using the small wearable device to improve business productivity, reduce company absenteeism and create a safer and healthier workplace makes for a compelling proposition. The intuitive system also allows for real-time learning and improvement providing personalised coaching to encourage behaviour change. So, for example, if the wearer moves awkwardly or dangerously, the device provides feedback via audio or vibration.”

The new devices are already being trialled successfully with a global energy company who are now looking at rolling them out comprehensively across the business.

For more information, visit www.stanleyhandling.co.uk

 
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