Smart body-close technology for increased safety and health in the process industry

Reference number
Coordinator Högskolan i Skövde - Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration September 2019 - April 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Strategic innovation programme for process industrial IT and automation – PiiA
Call Digitization of industrial value chains

Purpose and goal

The project´s idea is to explore the possibility of using smart, body-close technology to improve safety and health for operators in the process industry. The project focuses on using and combining state-of-the-art technologies in smart textiles, wearables, smart intelligence and interaction / visualization (especially augmented reality). The project involves three actors, each representing different perspectives and competencies in the project (process industry, technology supplier and research): ABB, Wavr and the University of Skövde.

Expected results and effects

Through its innovative approach, the project has great potential to significantly improve the working environment, safety and health in the process industry, which do not only significantly improve the working environment but also has a direct financial gain in the form of, for example, reduced sick leave, reduced work-related injuries and reduced incident management. The project is a feasibility study where the idea is to explore the potential of the project idea and the possibility of realizing it in a larger future FOI project.

Planned approach and implementation

The project runs for eight months and is divided into 10 activities: - Market analysis - Identification of technologies and potential combination - Observational study at ABB and specification of scenario - User groups and interviews with operators at ABB - Gender equality analysis - Analysis of digital security - SWOT analysis - Identification of potential actors for continuation projects - Distribution of results - Compilation of decision basis for continuation projects

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