London smart sensor start-up UtterBerry is working alongside the British government’s transport innovation agency Connected Places Catapult to improve construction safety in the Philippines.
The company uses smart sensors to remotely monitor projects, and applies AI and machine learning algorithms to warn site workers if an area becomes unsafe.
The sensors communicate to each other using UtterBerry’s sub-millimetre vibration and displacement sensing capabilities.
UtterBerry’s work in the Philippines is 40% funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund, which is running a "Demonstrate Impact in Developing Countries" competition to improve lives in emerging economies. It will expand the company’s presence in the Asia Pacific, where it already monitors Hong Kong’s public transport network.
Amy Hochadel, the director of global business growth for the Connected Places Catapult, said: "Companies like UtterBerry show the impact that urban innovations can make, not just to the people of a city or region, but also in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals – which benefit everyone."
Heba Bevan, UtterBerry’s founder, said: "Working with the fantastic Connected Places Catapult and industry stakeholders in the Philippines, we are tackling the very important issue of health and safety in the construction industry by deploying UtterBerry wireless sensors with AI to reduce injuries and fatalities.
"We are also examining the economic impact that UtterBerry wireless sensors offer, particularly in regards to diversifying the workforce in construction, as the sensors enable buildings and construction sites to be monitored remotely."
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