The Emerging Role Of Beacons To Improve Safety Management

Published 20 March 2017 by Trevor Bronson

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Executive Summary

Over the past decade, the practice of workplace safety has been made increasingly effective and efficient by advances in technologyEnterprise SaaS applications, predictive analytics, mobile computing, and internet-connected environmental sensors have all created new avenues for EH&S leaders to enhance their firm’s safety performance, measured by metrics such as injury rates, cost-effectiveness, or increased production. Digital beacons, a technology that first found traction in the retail and commercial markets, are a relatively new addition to the list of tools EH&S leaders have at their disposal (see Verdantix Innovative EH&S Technologies For Your 2017 Roadmap). This report helps anyone in an EH&S role – on both the supply side and corporate side – understand how beacons function, how they can be used in a safety context, and how their role in the market will evolve in the future.

Table of contents

The Emerging Role Of Beacons To Improve Safety Management 
Beacon Technology Leverages Bluetooth To Communicate Between Devices 
Safety Management Usage Scenarios For Beacons Are Starting To Emerge 
One-Quarter Of EH&S Managers Already Use Beacons In At Least One Location 

Table of figures

Figure 1. How Many Firms Are Using Safety Beacons? 
Figure 2. How Are Firms Using Safety Beacons? 

Organisations mentioned

Apple, Enablon, Gensuite, Google

About the author

Trevor Bronson

Industry Analyst

Trevor is an Industry Analyst in the EHS Technologies practice group covering all things EHS software including vendor strengths and weaknesses, growth strategies, market characteristics, and general best practice for use. His current agenda is focused on helping EHS technology vendors find success, and helping corporate EHS teams enhance EHS management systems via best practice and a optimized use of available EHS solutions. Trevor has been with Verdantix for more than three years, and previously worked on EHS teams at Tesla Motors and PPL Corporation. He holds a degree in Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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