Cat Connected Worker in development
Caterpillar are collaborating with Guardhat to deliver expanded safety solutions for workers on site
CATERPILLAR are collaborating with Guardhat to develop a new system, Cat Connected Worker, which will use wearables to provide added protection for people on site. The new system will also deliver event-based monitoring and mapping to aid analysis and enhancement of the operating environment.
‘Leveraging Guardhat technology, proven in challenging industrial settings, will speed development of a comprehensive, digital solution sought by mining customers,’ said Bill Dears, marketing manager for Cat MineStar Solutions.
‘As a component of Cat MineStar Detect safety capabilities, Connected Worker will provide insight that will allow managers to create safer operations – and to respond quickly if an incident does occur.’
Indranil Roychoudhury, chief operating officer of Guardhat, said: ‘We are pleased to work with Caterpillar to deliver ‘smart’ technology to enhance workers’ safety. Our safety monitoring and data-analysis system is a multi-product, feature-packed intelligent safety and productivity system that integrates cutting-edge wearable technology and advanced proprietary software. It is equipped to detect, alert and help prevent industrial work-related incidents, and it is designed to collect and analyze data to support and improve worker safety and productivity programmes.’
When developed, Cat Connected Worker will provide the precise location of all workers to the monitoring system and will allow communication between individuals, teams and sites. Data will allow monitoring personnel to understand the environment workers are facing in near real time, which will facilitate decision-making.
As part of Cat MineStar, Connected Worker will be supported by Cat dealers worldwide. The same Cat dealers are already equipped to supply current Guardhat technology to surface operations of all types. Connected devices in the Guardhat line include hard hats, personnel tags, asset tags and smartphones using Guardhat applications. The system is Wi-Fi and cellular compatible for communications with the Safety Control Center.