Mistakes caused by lapses in concentration or a rush to meet deadlines affect most workers at some time, but the consequences can be more severe for those driving machinery or stood near moving vehicles.
In an effort to reduce the chance of injury and encourage better behaviour in a warehouse or around a port, entrepreneur Hao Zheng and RoboK ─ the company she co-founded – have developed a software solution to spot safety or procedural breaches, and highlight issues of concern.
Known as SiteLens, the system uses artificial intelligence to track the movement of people and plant to monitor whether both are operating and interacting safely in highly dynamic industrial workplaces such as warehouses. It can even detect if workers are not wearing personal protective equipment such as hard hats.
The tool has also been used to determine whether a level crossing of a railway line is being used correctly by members of the public.