New AI suite focuses on workplace health, safety

The Lightning Health & Safety Solution suite is designed to improve the safety of workplaces and help mitigate the spread of contagious illnesses. Photo credit: FogHorn

A new product line from FogHorn, a developer of Edge artificial intelligence software for commercial and industrial Internet of Things solutions, is designed to improve the safety of workplaces and help mitigate the spread of contagious illnesses.

Lightning Health & Safety Solutions are out-of-the-box packages of FogHorn’s Lightning Edge AI platform, preconfigured with use-case-specific machine learning models and visualization dashboards. Out-of-the-box solutions allow organizations to rapidly deploy edge intelligence and AI and immediately derive insights to common problems.

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The FogHorn Lightning Health & Safety Solution suite includes a range of solutions that can be used individually or together to create a comprehensive system. An enterprise edition of the solutions is also available that can include further customizations, data science and integrations with customer’s existing IT systems, video management software, and access control systems.

Solutions include:

  • Health monitoring: elevated temperature detection, cough detection, hand washing monitoring, social distancing monitoring, and mask/facial covering detection
  • Safety monitoring: personal protective equipment, including hard hats, footwear, eyewear, vests and boots
  • Hazard detection: custom solution engagements are also available including leak detection and spill hazards

Leveraging streaming video analytics and sensor fusion, Lightning Health & Safety Solutions automates monitoring, derives real-time insights and generates alerts when policy violations occur or unsafe health conditions are detected. Audio streams and video and thermal cameras collect information and send data to the Lightning solutions. Lightning publishes real-time SMS or email alerts of any compliance violations and those insights are also shown on a dashboard that can be deployed at building entry points, employee break rooms, near production lines and in management consoles that safety and compliance staff can access using any web browser. Organizations can select the solutions they need today and add others in the future seamlessly.

Businesses such as distribution centers and food processing and educational and government institutions, must all ensure that staff and visitors are following appropriate guidelines, such as wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands properly. To date, monitoring has not been available or is conducted by supervisors or staff observing adherence to practices and through posted reminders. To scale these practices, organizations can use IoT sensor data that can alert them if someone is not in compliance or serve as a reminder to reinforce best practices.

For industrial organizations, ensuring safety also includes ensuring use of protective gear, such as safety goggles, reflective vests, hard hats and more. The Lightning Health & Safety Solutions can also be customized to detect potential environmental safety hazards, such as falling objects and trip hazards. By automating the monitoring process, organizations can scale detection of PPE for long-term increases in worker safety and compliance.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way organizations view health and safety,” said David C. King, CEO, FogHorn. “By proactively monitoring worker temperatures, coughs and social distancing, organizations can mitigate the impact of future outbreaks of any sickness in the workplace. As well, organizations can protect the monitored employee data with FogHorn’s streaming analytics at the edge, as all images, videos and other data are processed in real-time, by not transmitting the data off-site or to the cloud.”