NNTC and CROC to Boost Industrial Safety through New Digital Worker Platform Release
IT company CROC has upgraded its Digital Worker Platform and released a production version of the IoT module for hard hats – both successfully piloted by industry leaders. The first product version of the system featuring new business functions, analysis tools, and an improved graphic interface is ready for deployment at hazardous manufacturing facilities. A combination of Industry 4.0 technologies helps companies reduce industrial injury risk, comply with international LTIFR* safety standards, and improve both work performance and discipline.
Digital Worker is a software platform developed by CROC with a focus on manufacturing companies. The modules were designed to meet the needs of top management, HSE specialists, chief engineers, chief production officers, and, of course, workers in hazardous areas. The system works in real time and helps ensure that health and occupational safety rules are observed, detect technological process disruption, prevent potential accidents, and promptly notify all persons concerned.
The update follows a successful pilot project implementing advanced technologies in Russian and foreign companies, while IT company CROC leveraged its deep knowledge of industry specifics to help improve the platform. CROC customers include Gazprom Neft, Sibur, Rosenergoatom, Mosenergo, RusHydro, PhosAgro, Transneft, Lukoil and others.
The updated Digital Worker has all the features of a finished product: fast deployment, easy integration with a customer's existing IT landscape, and scalability. The platform is listed in the domestic software register.
Strong emphasis was put on Digital Worker data analysis since information comes simultaneously from thousands of sources, including surveillance cameras, smart hard hats, etc. An intuitive data analytics interface adds convenience based on feedback from users, while a new analytical panel builder allows users to create widgets displaying only relevant metrics. For example, a manager can easily generate a rating of highly hazardous zones or a list of labor discipline violators to allow for more effective decision making. In addition, a new system feature allows for – configuration of a digital 2D and 3D twin of a manufacturing facility on a map.
CROC has also released a serial version of its patented IoT module that turns ordinary hard hats into smart ones, with the fully certified commercial product now ready for roll out.
With IoT** sensors, the platform enables customers to monitor actual worker location, control access to hazardous areas, check employee health indicators, minimize potential accidents involving people and machinery, collect telemetry data, support lone workers, and investigate incidents. The module can detect whether workers use personal protective equipment (PPE), analyze driver behavior, and detect fire, smoke, pipe breaks, and other emergencies.
"Injuries and accidents are most often caused by human error," says Alexey Lysenko, Digital Worker product owner, CROC. "A worker entering a hazardous area may simply forget to put on goggles or gloves or fail to notice a car approaching. Both could end in tragedy. The pilot projects proved that Digital Worker is a valuable tool capable of preventing emergencies and ensuring provision of timely medical treatment in case of emergency. Right now, we are getting ready to replicate our successful solution and continue developing the platform. We are working on new threats and testing the system under different conditions at multiple sites so that the platform can help our customers manage risks and achieve their goals via an efficient and safe production environment."
"Industrial accidents are frequently a direct consequence of human error — small lapses can turn into fatal errors. Digital Worker leverages a powerful mix of Artificial Intelligence and IoT technologies to eliminate errors that can lead to occupational injuries and enhance worker safety. These latest upgrades make the platform more efficient than ever before," noted Alexander Belyaev, Technical Director at NNTC.
For example, following comprehensive Digital Worker testing at a petroleum depot, the platform was provided with new features to help supervise work at construction sites. The system can identify contractors' employees, monitor worker presence at construction areas, and provide immediate alerts when a worker falls, is immobilized or presses an alarm button on a smart hard hat. A leading developer implemented the platform to track personnel work time and prevent workers without permission from entering the construction site, thus reducing penalties and accelerating construction. Digital Worker also addresses a number of sophisticated challenges such as ensuring compliance with safety procedures while sailing freight tank vessels in the Persian Gulf.
CROC unveiled its new product at during INNOPROM international industrial marathon.
About CROC Cloud Services
CROC Cloud Services is a standalone CROC business unit that offers cloud services, managed Â2Â services, and commercial off-the-shelf products. Powered by enterprise IT system expertise, the cloud provider completes custom-tailored service projects based on CROC’s proprietary platform and data centers, which are compliant with Uptime Institute Tier III “Gold Certification of Operational Sustainability” standard. In addition, the company is one of Russia’s Top-6 IaaS providers (CNews, 2019) and the most mature cloud service provider (TAdviser, 2018), offering the number one cloud platform in terms of flexibility and ease of use (TAdviser, 2017). Consequently, over 300 industry leaders entrust their services to CROC Cloud.
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* LTIFR refers to Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate, the number of lost time injuries occurring in a workplace per 1 million hours worked.
** IoT means the Internet of Things.