Best Practices For Deploying Industrial Wearables

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Executive Summary

This report outlines best practice advice for efficient and effective implementation of industrial wearable technologies, providing input to managers to effectively overcome common implementation challenges. The analysis leveraged responses from EHS leaders regarding their procurement goals and industrial wearables expectations for 2020. Our research has found that there can be significant challenges to deployment stemming from data management needs—including privacy concerns—technology infrastructure requirements, budget limitations and gaps in end user engagement. However, this report presents best practices that can help alleviate these challenges. Firms also may avoid significant deployment pitfalls by thoroughly engaging with frontline workers, purposefully conducting their management of change (MOC) activities, and keeping abreast of developments in the industry.

Table of contents

Firms Are Exploring Wearable Devices In EHS Innovation Efforts  
Firms Perceive Innovation And Digitization As Core Influencers Of EHS Success
Firms Are Applying Wearables To Address Their EHS And OpEx Needs

Understanding And Overcoming Implementation Challenges  
Overcoming Data Privacy, Technology Infrastructure And Budgetary Barriers

Best Practices Help Facilitate Successful Implementation  
Strategically Structured Approach, Planning And Expertise Direct Deployment
Management Of Change Is Critical To Deployment Success
Data Management, Technical Infrastructure And Cross-Functional Engagement
Industry Peer-To-Peer Engagement Facilitates Knowledge Sharing

Table of figures

Figure 1. Priority For Innovation By EHS Function
Figure 2. Adoption Of Digital Technologies In 2020
Figure 3. EHS Tech Roadmap Technology Solutions Grouping
Figure 4. Wearable Device Adoption
Figure 5. Wearable Device Use Case Adoption
Figure 6. Desired Use Cases For Wearable Devices
Figure 7. Centrality Of Connected Worker Platforms In 2020
Figure 8. Barriers To Implementation Of Wearable Devices
Figure 9. Best Practice Themes For Wearables Deployment 
Figure 10. Process-Based Approach To Wearables Implementation
Figure 11. Data Management Considerations For Wearables Deployment

About the authors

Kel Udeala

Industry Analyst

Kel is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice covering research in industrial wearables and EHS software. His current agenda focuses on emerging industrial wearable technologies, strategic focus for justifying budgets for industrial wearables and best practices for deployment. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from Brunel University London.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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