Wearable Tech and Smartphones Could Save Lives of Lone Workers
August 25 2014
Jannine Chavez was saddened when she learned that a former co worker had died after falling at an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Maryland in January. It wasn't until he failed to return home from his weekend shift when he was discovered, a day later, at the base of a ladder where he was working alone on a Sunday.
Chavez, a facilities tech for 14 years, and several other Intel employees resolved to form a task force to make sure similar accidents don't happen at Intel, which has over 100,000 employees and several thousand contractors working at hundreds of office buildings, manufacturing facilities, warehouses and support buildings around the world. Chavez believed that these sorts of incidents could be avoided using off-the-shelf smartphone and wearable technology.