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Aneta Cichla 05 December 2017

Aneta Cichla

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Aneta is passionate about the retail real estate market and everything associated with it. She has worked in the editorial department of ‘Eurobuild CEE’ for eight years. Prior to this she was employed as a journalist for the Retailnet.pl portal and for Shopping Center Poland magazine. In her free time she enjoys reading books, walking the dog and working out at the gym. She also loves watching martial arts fights.

Skanska moves ahead on safety
The intelligent helmet has been developed in cooperation with Cybercom Poland and Intel
POLAND Skanska is starting a trial of its intelligent safety helmet, which has been designed to improve – and possibly revolutionise – safety on building sites.

Fifty workers on the Generation Park office development inWarsawwill receive the helmet during the test period. It will be connected to a special monitoring system that notifies the office if it detects anomalies signifying any dangerous situations on site, such as shocks, blows, falls or sharp declines in the temperature under the helmet. The notification will also include the location of the employee, thus improving the reaction time for assistance. The safety helmet also makes it easier to process the documentation on the site – the system it is connected to can inform building site inspectors of the validity of medical examinations, health and safety training and the qualifications of specialist staff.

“The construction industry is one of the most conservative and dangerous sectors. When thinking about its development we have to look at innovations that not only support effective building site management but also save human life. The intelligent safety helmet is one of the systems that will be widely used on Skanska’s building sites. Today’s pilot implementation shows that this is not the distant future but already the present,” explained Marek Malinowski, the director of Skanska’s research and innovation centre.

The new tool was created in cooperation with Cybercom Poland and Intel. It is one of the elements of a larger building site management system. After the completion of the pilot programme in Warsaw’s Generation Park building, the project will be rolled out more widely. In the longer term the system should be adapted for other industries that use safety helmets and it will also be offered worldwide. The helmets are supplied by JSP.

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