Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the logistics industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising worker safety solutions impacting Warehousing.
Heat Map: 5 Top Worker Safety Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 72 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Vero Solutions – Safety Monitoring
Safety monitoring prevents accidents and reacts swiftly to such situations. This application reduces the risks faced while handling material and equipment by combining sensors and motion detectors. It also provides wireless tracking, identification, and the location of workers. It does so by detecting falls or if alerts are raised manually by the workers. British startup VeroSolutions focuses on immediate emergency response in case an employee gets into trouble. The startup manufactures a transmitter with real-time tracking of the employee and their location, responding to the worker calling for an emergency when needed.
Damotech – Pallet Safety
Damaged pallets can be a dangerous hazard in the warehouse as employees may get hurt due to overloading or misplacing items. Pallet safety includes evaluating the quality and reliability of racks, detecting dents, scratches, and other damages on racking, turn-tables, and lift tables to reduce the risk of injuries. The US-based startup Damotech offers specialized pallet inspection and damage prevention solutions making the warehouse a safer place to work for employees. Using emerging techniques for rack load calculation, it is easier to prevent falls or breakdowns that cause injuries.
Atheer – Picking Safety
The aim of this application area is to make the picking process safer and more accurate by creating special devices that provide the required information to the workers in real-time. This refers to avoiding injuries related to repetitive actions that are triggered by manual picking. The US-based startup Atheer manufactures smart augmented reality (AR) glasses to guarantee more accurate and safer picking for workers. The device provides necessary instructions that are programmed beforehand whenever employees need any safety-related help.
Kinetic – Smart Wearables
Smart wearables help employees prevent any possible injuries by evaluating possible warehouse hazards. For instance, ergonomic workstations reduce employee strain and fatigue, customizable modular workbenches and ergonomic floor mats reduce leg and back injuries. The US-based startup Kinetic aims at outsmarting warehouse injuries by identifying dangerous postures and high-risk movements. The wearables focus mainly on preventing back strains and injuries that are considered the most frequently claimed by workers in warehouses. It is also possible to monitor statistical data and posture improvement for all workers.
1000 Realities – Employee Safety Education
Employee safety education includes gamified training that teaches workers how to prevent injuries and how to react in emergency situations happening in the warehouse. Modern applications in this area include virtual reality (VR) simulation, smart glasses, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven software for training about overloading pallets, and real-time instructions regarding emergency cases. Polish startup 1000 Realities allow the staff to train during various virtual emergency situations from simple wrong picking resulting in back injury to massive fires. The user experiences emergency cases with virtual reality, thus, learning how to act correctly during real emergencies in the warehouse.
What About The Other 67 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 72 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.