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7 Amazing Ways Wearables Are Revolutionising Industrial Workplaces

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7 Amazing Ways Wearables Are Revolutionising Industrial Workplaces


Wearable tech was once little more than sci-fi, but now it’s all around the world.

You see smartwatches, fitness trackers and similar gadgets every day — and they’re starting to creep into the business world, too. Wearables in the workplace could be as common as they are in consumer segments before long.

Industrial workplaces stand to gain the most from wearable technology. While using these gadgets in these sectors is still fairly new, early results are promising. Here’s a look at seven ways they’re revolutionising industrial workplaces.

1. Streamlining Training

Labour shortages are one of the most pressing issues industrial workplaces face today. According to a 2020 report, British manufacturers are facing the largest deficit of skilled workers since 1989. Wearables in the workplace can help reduce the impact of that shift.

Augmented reality glasses can streamline the training process, helping new hires get up to speed faster. These wearables can project guides, reminders and helpful tips in employees’ fields of view as they work. This information helps them make fewer mistakes and learn on the job, even without a supervisor present.

Tech like this also means industrial workplaces don’t need to make experienced employees oversee recruits as long. They can focus on other areas while wearables ensure new hires know what to do. Productivity can increase as a result, so labour shortages aren’t as impactful.

2. Preventing Collisions

Wearables are also an excellent way to improve safety — another major concern for industrial workplaces. One way they can do this is by preventing collisions with vehicles, objects or other workers through proximity sensors.

Employees can wear vests or wristbands connecting to the workplace’s machines and vehicles. When they get close to a forklift or a dangerous piece of equipment, these wearables detect it and alert them through sound and vibrations. That way, they can get out of the path before colliding and getting hurt.

It can be hard to see incoming forklifts or other equipment in a crowded warehouse, so these warnings are a big help. Preventing these accidents can significantly improve workplace safety.

3. Reducing Repetitive Stress Injuries

Another way wearables in the workplace improve safety is by fighting repetitive stress. These are some of the most common injuries in industrial workplaces and they’re tricky to handle because they build slowly. Wearables can help by providing more information in the moment.

Some wearable sensors today can monitor user movements in real-time, analysing their posture. They then alert workers when they bend over too far, use improper lifting techniques or make other ergonomic mistakes. These employees can then fix their posture, preventing injuries arising from an incorrect approach.

Over time, these repeated automatic alerts will help employees learn what safe posture and movements feel like. They’ll then make fewer errors, reducing the chances of developing a repetitive stress injury.

4. Maximising Human Abilities

Some wearables go beyond the connected clothes and accessories you see daily. Industrial workplaces are starting to experiment with wearable robotics, more commonly called exoskeletons. These high-tech tools can help workers reach new levels of strength and endurance, reducing injuries while maximising productivity.

Exoskeletons reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders by offloading much of the physical workload from workers’ bodies. Using these technologies is like having a robot assist you with every lift and bend. As a result, they let employees lift more, squat for longer or do more overhead work without placing too much strain on their muscles and bones.

As this technology improves, workspaces could unlock new abilities within their workforce. Employees could move things that once required forklifts or other machinery.

5. Fighting Disease Outbreaks

One use case for workplace wearables proven particularly helpful recently is preventing outbreaks. Amid the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, some industrial workplaces gave their employees wearable proximity sensors to help assist with social distancing.

Many warehouses have enough space for employees to keep a safe distance, but limited visibility can still make it difficult. Wearables help by beeping whenever they detect another device within a specific range. These alerts can let workers know when they’re getting too close to someone else, allowing them to move before potential exposure to a virus.

While these technologies mainly grew as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19, they can also work for other diseases. Businesses can use them during flu season or if other contagious diseases break out in the workplace to keep employees safe.

6. Detecting Nearby Hazards

Similarly, some industrial workplaces use wearables to monitor for hazardous conditions. Some dangers are hard to detect with your senses, but wearable devices can alert you to their presence before you notice them and give you time to respond.

Mines are a common place to apply this technology. Wearables monitor the air quality and alert workers of hazardous gas levels when they detect them. The miners can then evacuate the area before these gases pose a threat to their health.

Similar solutions could detect excessive heat on construction sites or uneven or wet surfaces in other industrial workplaces. Regardless of the specific hazard, learning about it beforehand can help reduce its impact — wearables provide that information.

7. Providing Helpful Information

Some advantages of wearables in the workplace are less immediate but still helpful. As workers wear and use these devices, they’ll gather a lot of data about employee actions and workflows. This information can help industrial businesses see where they could improve.

Location data from connected devices may show many workers take long, inefficient routes to get certain parts from the warehouse. With that information, managers could reorganise their storage to make often-needed items more accessible or replan workflows to reduce travel time.

This data is particularly helpful for companies wanting to use artificial intelligence (AI). In one survey, 45% of company decision-makers said a lack of well-curated data was a top challenge to their AI goals. Wearables provide the data they need to create effective, informative AI models.

Wearables in the Workplace Offer Many Benefits

Wearables may be more common outside of work than in it today, but that’s changing. These seven examples show how these technologies are revolutionising industrial workplaces. As more organisations recognise these benefits, more will adopt wearable tech.

Wearables in the workplace have many concrete advantages and many industries have likely only scratched the surface of what they can do. Before long, these gadgets may completely transform industrial sectors.



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Daasity builds ELT+ for Commerce on the Snowflake Data Cloud

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Modular data platform Daasity has launched ELT+ for Commerce, Powered by Snowflake.

It is thought ELT+ for Commerce will benefit customers by enabling consumer brands selling via eCommerce, Amazon, retail, and/or wholesale to implement a full or partial data and analytics stack. 

Dan LeBlanc, Daasity co-founder and CEO, said: “Brands using Daasity and Snowflake can rapidly implement a customisable data stack that benefits from Snowflake’s dynamic workload scaling and Secure Data Sharing features.

“Additionally, customers can leverage Daasity features such as the Test Warehouse, which enables merchants to create a duplicate warehouse in one click and test code in a non-production environment. Our goal is to make brands, particularly those at the enterprise level, truly data-driven organisations.”

Building its solution on Snowflake has allowed Daasity to leverage Snowflake’s single, integrated platform to help joint customers extract, load, transform, analyse, and operationalise their data. With Daasity, brands only need one platform that includes Snowflake to manage their entire data environment.

Scott Schilling, senior director of global partner development at Snowflake, said: “Daasity’s ELT+ for Commerce, Powered by Snowflake, will offer our joint customers a way to build a single source of truth around their data, which is transformative for businesses pursuing innovation.

“As Snowflake continues to make strides in mobilising the world’s data, partners like Daasity give our customers flexibility around how they build data solutions and leverage data across the organisation.” 

Daasity enables omnichannel consumer brands to be data-driven. Built by analysts and engineers, the Daasity platform supports the varied data architecture, analytics, and reporting needs of consumer brands selling via eCommerce, Amazon, retail, and wholesale. Using Daasity, teams across the organisation get a centralised and normalised view of all their data, regardless of the tools in their tech stack and how their future data needs may change. 

ELT stands for Extract, Load, Transform, meaning customers can extract data from various sources, load the data into Snowflake, and transform the data into actions that marketers can pursue. For more information about Daasity, our 60+ integrations, and how the platform drives more profitable growth for 1600+ brands, visit us at Daasity.com.

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4 Activities that Automakers Can Digitize Now

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4 Activities that Automakers Can Digitize Now

Digital automaking is supported by technology-driven trends, consumer needs and new developments in artificial intelligence.

Manufacturing, procurement of raw materials, marketing and sales are factors involved in this change.

Digital automaking is a process that combines simulation, three-dimensional visualizations, analytics and several tool partnerships to make automotive manufacturing easier. Since the automotive industry has been undergoing a digital transformation primarily driven by intelligent mobility, it has encouraged the market to adopt new technology and software for modern vehicles. There has also been a growing need to increase industrial processes’ sustainability, environmental friendliness and adaptability. All of this has made automotive digitalization extremely important.

Automotive digitization helps to keep precise control over business operations, which is made possible using modern technologies like ML (machine learning) and AI (artificial intelligence) to improve short- and long-term performance. 

Automotive digitization has also increased the capacity to monitor each component of the supply chain while lowering costs and risks. Digital automaking can offer automotive solutions in terms of better design, time efficiency, and many other industry solutions.

4 Activities that Can Be Digitized by Automakers Now

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1. Manufacturing

Customers desire tailored goods, but they don’t want to pay more than they would for items that are mass-produced. As a result, manufacturing must be more adaptable than ever, leading to mass customization. Thus, the design, fabrication, use and maintenance of products are changing as a result of the digitalization of manufacturing. It is also changing the operations, procedures and energy footprint of supply chains and more. Digital manufacturing enables firms to provide additional options that are tailored to individual customers. Businesses can better understand supply-chain challenges, including inventory levels, delivery status and demand cycles, thanks to digital manufacturing. 

The factories of the future will move from automation to autonomy, strengthening real-time communication between equipment, physical systems, and people. These factories are referred to as smart factories. The most notable advantages of a smart factory are its shop floor connectivity, advanced robotics, flexible automation, augmented and virtual reality systems, and efficient energy management. The general manufacturing sector’s global standards are established by the automotive industry.

Over the past two decades, the automotive sector has expanded tremendously. However, the main elements that will affect whether digitalization is successfully implemented are the significance of realizing a return on investment (RoI) and the willingness of employees at both the top-most and lowest levels of an organization.

2. Supply Chain

By removing the functional barriers that divide different areas, the digitization of the supply chain is a cross-functional process that spans the entire lifecycle of a vehicle or product and involves all company divisions. It allows for an ecosystem that connects all stakeholders, from raw material and component suppliers to logistics companies, dealers and customers.

Utilizing digital technology throughout the entire supply chain allows for real-time monitoring of all supply-chain stages, be it either procurement of raw materials or finished products ready to be delivered or purchased. The evaluation and management of each event’s impacts on the supply chain can help the automation of procedures and the avoidance of potential interruption.

3. Design

Design plays a significant role in the automotive industry. By digitizing design activity, design professionals can test multiple hypotheses before proceeding with the design phase. Digitalization in the designing of products has been enabled by a digital model known as Digital Twins, which represents tangible assets in 3D. Digital twins mirror the complete car or one of its components’ appearance and behavior. With great assistance from sophisticated software, businesses can collect information about configuration, sensors, inspection data, and other details to improve the product’s design.

Automobile manufacturers are among the many industrial firms that recognize digital twins’ possibilities and the potential it has to bring in the best in the business of automobiles. The design and production processes are simplified by 3D representations, improving vehicle performance and cutting costs for the manufacturers. The twin technology is quickly rising to the top of the list of software solutions used in contemporary auto manufacturing, with applications ranging from car design to predictive maintenance to boosting sales using digitally generated models.

4. Marketing

Any marketing strategy aims to tailor the right message to the right set of audiences at the right time. A marketing campaign that appeals to a 45-year-old countryside man might not affect a 23-year-old lady residing in an urban area. Therefore, the impact of marketing combined with the effectiveness of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be the biggest boon to any business. The automotive industry can enormously benefit in how they market their brand/product by adding the power of artificial intelligence to their current data. It can lead to a strong possibility of purchasing your products early in the sales process, possibly before customers even begin looking for their new car, which is indicated by specific online activities. 

As a result of recent advancements in third-party cookies and mobile advertising identifiers, AI can now assist brands in finding new prospects much more quickly by utilizing data to identify customers with similar characteristics and behaviors. This strategy can potentially increase your prospective customer base and give you an advantage over your competitors. You can identify high-priority targets by identifying the demographic categories that overlap. These solutions don’t require cookies and are more likely to comply with escalating privacy requirements because they rely on behaviors rather than personal data.

The automotive sector has modified its strategy and is now embracing digitization. Digital transformation in the automotive industry still has a lot of gaps to be addressed, but the trend toward digitization is a sign that the stakeholders in the automotive sector will be properly supplied with digital solutions in the coming days. With intelligent technology, and operations across the entire company and all departments, including manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, and sales, digital automaking will help the automotive industry to flourish in this digital era. An increasingly digital supply chain will also dismantle established barriers and greatly enhance communication. Undoubtedly, businesses must adopt a more significant digital transformation to be ready in this competitive automotive industry.

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The 10 Worst Cybersecurity Strategies You Need To Know

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The 10 Worst Cybersecurity Strategies You Need To Know

Employees should be trained on basic cybersecurity practices and the dangers of phishing scams.

Granting too many privileges to user accounts can lead to security breaches. Failing to update software on time can leave vulnerabilities open to attacks. 

Organizations should have a disaster recovery plan in place to ensure quick recovery in the event of a cyberattack.

Counting down to the absolutely worst cybersecurity strategies. 

Sadly, these are all prevalent in the industry. Many organizations have failed spectacularly simply because they chose to follow a long-term path that leads to disaster. You know who you are…

Let’s count them down.  

10. Cyber-Insurance

No need for security, just get insurance. Transferring risk is better than mitigating it!

Famous Last Words: Sure, it should be covered

9. Audit Confidence

Conducting a comprehensive security audit. …and ignoring the results

Famous Last Words: We will close those gaps later…

8. Best Tools, Left Unmanaged

Deploying several good tools, set to autopilot. No need to manage or maintain anything 

Famous Last Words: Security is not that difficult…

7. Regulatory Compliance

Meeting the minimum requirements (defined 2 years ago)

Famous Last Words: Relax, we are compliant!

6. One Good Tool

We just need one good tool (ex. AV) and we are set. 

Famous Last Words: That should do it.

5. IT Dependence  

Cybersecurity is a tech problem, it’s IT’s responsibility. 

Famous Last Words: The IT dept has it covered.

4. Security by Marketing  

Believing the snake-oil (deceptive marketing) salesperson that will ‘solve‘ your security problems

Famous Last Words: We are totally protected now! (or similar derivative from the sales brochure)

3. Default Security Settings  

Products and services come with security built in! 

Famous Last Words: It’s new, shiny, and looks secure. Don’t worry, we should be fine!

2. Security by Obscurity

Nobody knows or cares about us. We are too small to be targeted.

Famous Last Words: We haven’t been attacked yet…

1. Hope, as a Strategy

I hope we don’t get attacked. Let’s move on with more important things.

Famous Last Words: <meek inner voice>> Just don’t think about security because it is too scary, expensive, and complex!

 

This is the menu that evokes anger, frustration, and pity among cybersecurity professionals around the globe. Eventually it always ends in despair, blame, and a side of tears.

A solid long-term strategic plan is a necessity for an efficient and capable cybersecurity capability. Cybersecurity fails without a proper strategy. 

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