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Press Release: IBM Helps Organizations Monitor Their Workers' Safety with Watson IoT

IBM Works with Garmin, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone to Identify Potential Hazards in the Workplace 

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Think -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced major collaborations with Garmin HealthGuardhatMitsufuji and SmartCone to monitor worker safety in hazardous environments, including those working in construction, mining and factories, using IoT technologies, integrated into wearables. IBM's Maximo Worker Insights will monitor biometric and environmental data to help identify whether employees are experiencing dangers or risk. Data will be gathered in near real-time from wearables, smart devices and environmental sensors to help organizations quickly respond to problems or react to changing environmental conditions.

For employees, this new offering monitors potential environmental threats to their safety and security as they work on the front lines.  For employers, the solution is designed to help them identify and respond to potential hazards in an effort to keep their workforce safe. Nonfatal workplace injuries account for close to $60 billion in workers' compensation costs in the U.S. Although safety controls and personal protective equipment are mandatory in most hazardous jobs, this solution is designed to help companies to identify and respond to problems or react to changing environmental conditions. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million nonfatal occupational injuries were recorded in 2017.

"Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace," said Kareem Yusuf Ph.D., general manager, IBM Watson IoT. "We are thrilled to work with Garmin, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone, and leverage their respective leadership and commitment to help improve safety in the workplace," continued Dr. Yusuf.

"We are thrilled to work with a global leader such as IBM and integrate IBM Maximo Worker Insight technology into our platform," said Tenille Houston, VP Communications and Marketing, SmartCone. "With the ever-evolving workplace, SmartCones' comprehensive end-to-end solution combined with IBM's IoT technology and advanced analytics provides the optimal pairing to best meet industry needs."

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