Privacy and data protection concerns have probably been the driving factor for the concerns in adopting some technologies like wearables and computer vision systems; therefore, this concern has led to the rise of safety tech.
FREMONT, CA: It is exciting that potentially disruptive technologies are in the marketplace; however, the enterprises' adoption to professional institutions seems to be centered on "gateway" technology like drones and virtual reality for training. These are very much standalone and perhaps don't substantially impact the status quo. A critical insight witnessed in a survey of health and safety practitioners recognized the most significant barrier to adoption as budgetary restraints. Still, it interestingly featured both equal lacks of support from top management and resistance from the workforce showing the practitioner is in a pivotal position in making things happen. They must manage both upwards and downwards in digital transformation.
People are becoming more comfortable with the use of immersive technology both inside and outside the workplace, especially in training or informational applications. Manufacturers already see a mixed reality where these are used together. The next range of developments will be set around the enhancement of immersive reality with applied AI. Initial VR applications, for example, were restricted by the limitations of the avatars, both in response and performance. There has been the ability to bring AI systems such as IBM Watson into Unity through a software developer kit (SDK). This means that avatars can respond in a closer way to biological humans and opens up the field to "soft skills" applications.
Startups as an innovation driver
The startup, incubator, and adoptor system is proving to be a potent driver for innovation in Industry 4.0. This often brings together unlikely alliances such as young pioneers, academia, and established industries eager to use or counter disruption.
The domestic market is increasingly adopting advanced technology like chatbots at a faster rate than in the workplace. Allied to this, the volatility, pace, and demands of work fuelled by Industry 4.0 will make the present methods of delivering safety as well as its governance untenable. Safety will need to get more agile in delivering streamlined processes and information and respond to developing risk situations in real-time. This will increase the demand for shorter intervals in providing critical metrics for decision making.
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