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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Construction Worker Safety Solutions out of 578
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 578 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 construction startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 573 worker safety solutions, get in touch.
Genda develops AI-powered Construction Safety Software
For human workers, it is not accurately possible to predict accidents, especially while working at a construction worksite. As workers remain unaware and unprepared, the consequences of any accidents also worsen. Artificial Intelligence solves this problem by recognizing patterns and predicting the time and location of an accident. Furthermore, Internet of Things (IoT)-based sensors detect workers’ location and send them relevant warnings. This enables workers to take necessary actions and reduce the accident risk as well as allows managers to track worker’s location and measure risks.
Israeli startup Genda develops construction software that performs worker safety analytics and provides actionable insights to all stakeholders. The startup combines previous hazard data with current occupancy and hazard reports to identify potential risks using Artificial Intelligence. The software sends real-time alerts to the site workers informing them of any probable hazards around them. Additionally, it allows managers to send emergency notifications to the workers and acknowledge their responses.
Invigilo provides a Construction Site Video Analytics Solution
Currently, construction companies use cameras to remotely supervise job site workers. But it is still difficult for managers to efficiently identify safety breaches in the video feed. Hence, startups provide video analytics solutions that identify risks based on the recording and immediately notify the concerned authority. These solutions use big data and AI to perform analysis on both recorded and live videos. This helps managers to spot abnormalities and avoid accidents while ensuring workers are complying with safety regulations.
Singaporean startup Invigilo develops an intelligent video analytics platform for construction sites. The startup’s product SafeKey uses AI-based object recognition techniques to analyze video and detect threats in real-time. The tool is easy to integrate with existing IP cameras and is highly effective. For example, it identifies workers who are not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) in dangerous areas, tracks the movement of heavy vehicles, alerts workers coming in proximity to heavy machinery, and reports probable hazards.
Ohutu automates Construction Safety Documentation
Since the construction industry bears heavy risks, proper documentation protects companies against financial losses. But, companies have to implement department-specific regulations, and hence manually creating documents is inefficient. As a solution for this, startups develop solutions that automate all the paperwork. These solutions collect relevant business details and project information to generate various policies and important documents for the company. Thereby, these solutions significantly reduce administrative load and ensure well-defined policies for everyone.
UK-based startup Ohutu automatically creates health and safety documents for construction companies. The startup creates an intelligent questionnaire to collect all required information of a company and provides everything from pre-construction information and construction phase plans to site set up lists, display documentation, site rules, and accident reporting documents. Ohutu also develops mobile applications that allow managers to record employee information as well as access safety documents and report incidents directly on-site.
Plinx builds SmartTags enabling Worker Safety
At construction sites, workers are highly prone to accidents involving other co-workers or heavy moving equipment. IoT and wearable technology reduce this risk by embedding sensors in the workers’ PPE and the hardware used during construction. Within this, bio-sensors collect information on every worker’s location, step count, heart rate, body temperature, etc. to monitor worker health at the construction site. Furthermore, sensors detect hazard proximity based on vibrations, geographic location, and temperature and instantly send safety alerts to prevent accidents.
UK-based startup Plinx develops a construction safety system that manages the proximity of workers to hazards. The system increases worker awareness towards hazards by equipping construction sites with sensor-based tags that accurately detect worker location and provides audiovisual feedback in the hazard proximity. The startup devises three tags, the helmet-mounted solution TeamTag which reduces worker’s proximity to co-workers, HazardTag, which indicates when an operative breaches a restricted zone, and MachineTag, reducing the machine-to-pedestrian collision likelihood.
NextWave provides Virtual Reality (VR)-based Construction Training
A few years ago, risk-free training was not an option especially for hazardous tasks such as material handling, terrain leveling, welding, aerial surveying, etc. But computer vision advances training content and procedures. For instance, Virtual Reality makes it possible to train remotely in a computer-simulated setting that recreates the real environment. Through this approach, workers also get a first-hand immersive experience of the task, enabling them to understand workplace risk better and perform the task safely and efficiently in the field. To this end, many startups are providing customized Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR)-based training modules to optimize construction worker safety.
USA-based startup NextWave provides VR-based training for construction tasks that are very dull, difficult, asset-intensive, or dangerous to prepare in the field. The startup offers training modules in multiple languages and provides individual trainee scorecards upon completion. In addition to the individual training, NextWave enables group VR training by mirroring the VR feed content to an external monitor. The modules are compatible with most available headsets while the startup also provides a comprehensive guide to walk through the installation.
Discover more Construction Startups
Construction startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on advanced building materials, offsite construction, 3D printing as well as robotics. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the construction industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more construction technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Construction Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.