Industrial businesses face increased pressure to drive operational excellence, and that includes keeping people safe and managing costs. Legal compliance is a requirement, and budget constraints are a reality. This paper examines how connected technology can help streamline safety processes and improve worksite efficiency. We discuss how data and real-time analytics from digitally connected devices using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) can improve organizational productivity, compliance and safety performance including, most crucially, response time to life-threatening incidents.

On the ground studies with clients show an incident is resolved in the shortest period of time when using connected technology. Using traditional methods, we found an incident response can take up to 3 and a half hours which, when dealing with toxic gas exposure for example, only leads to the recovery of a body. With connected technology, the worker can be rescued in less than five minutes and their life saved. Connected technology also supports organizational environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts by protecting people and communities with capabilities that allow for plume dispersion modeling that prevent downstream impact and location technology to easily find and retrieve lost devices.

Overall, our research determined that a more digital environment means enhanced competitiveness, compliance and performance by delivering:

  • Higher quality and faster decisions

  • Increased transparency, collaboration and efficiency

  • Better outcomes, including driving to net zero and saving lives.

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