Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. A new study has found that workers can suffer fatal heat stroke from temperatures that only reach the high 80s. Heatstroke is difficult to prevent and predict. Workers tend to keep doing their work, even though they feel sick. With no method of checking and monitoring the physical condition of each worker before and during work, managers usually learn about a heatstroke event only after a worker becomes sick. Now Sooth, an experience design company, has set out to solve this challenge.
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The system devised by Sooth checks each worker’s physical condition in real-time, predicts the likelihood of heatstroke for each worker, and notifies the worker and manager when the danger of heatstroke is detected so that the worker can rest, reports OutSystems.
Working with OutSystems, BlueMeme and Altitude Inc., Sooth successfully developed a prototype that decreases heatstroke-related accidents for Japanese construction and engineering companies.
The Heatstroke Prevention Project combines a smart helmet with multiple embedded vital sensors and an integrated application with a rich interface for workers and managers to check and monitor physical conditions to prevent heatstroke. When the device detects an imminent heatstroke, it notifies the managers and workers via their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
“Sooth considers viral reaction as data and summarizes it into “SOOTH Platform,” an experience design platform which focuses on vital sensing. We, as a creative company, design and offer unique design experiences for life, industry, and society based on the analyzed data from the platform. We will improve our solution service for more industries and business from the experience in this project.” said Nukada Yasutoshi, CEO of Sooth Inc.
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It is projected that the Heatstroke Prevention Project will save millions in costs for the recovery of these types of accidents.
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