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Does IoT contribute to the safety of employees? Certainly!

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Does IoT contribute to the safety of employees? Certainly!

Heroic acts are not without risk. As an employer you want to protect employees as well as possible. This is possible with biometric IoT, measuring physical characteristics and linking this to an app. Soldiers and firefighters are already experimenting with it.

Fire Department: The American Foundation for Fallen Firefighters (NFFF) is testing with biometrics to improve fire safety and chances of survival. With such devices, signs of heart problems during and after firefighting or training exercises can be detected. It is also tested whether measuring body temperature reduces heat-related injuries and deaths. Finally, it is tested whether it measures the level of air pollution during the fire properly. With all this data, the commander stays informed in real time and can make crucial decisions about the safety of his team.

Military personnel: Military personnel are also exposed to risky situations. Heat stress is a major concern in the army. Evalan participates in the ARMOR technology project (Ambulatory Registration of Military Operational Readiness system) of Defense for the development of a heat stress monitor. This is a portable sensor that monitors the heart rate and temperature. If the numbers touch dangerous levels, the app alerts the commander, who will intervene to prevent injury.

What do you need to get started with biometrics?
To make a biometric solution a success, three factors are of great importance. First of all there must be a very clear focus on the goal. Secondly, buy-in from the organization is very important. Third: Make sure that the people who have to work with it are closely involved in the development, on the one hand their knowledge and experience is of enormous value in mapping the problem and a possible solution, on the other hand they can better than anyone else check whether the solution works well in practice.

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