Smart digital helmet – Project exposition

Excellent Webworld has been actively participating in new IoT innovations. After successfully constructing our Smart Parking and Smart Switches products, we were up for a real challenge. Our team of IoT experts wanted to enter the industrial IoT vertical with a product that could help several different industries with a single, smart IoT product.

We researched several large enterprises across various verticals and tried to find a common problem that all of them faced. The number one issue we found was the safety and management of a large workforce.

So, we decided to turn their pain point into an opportunity to innovate and upgrade old working ways. We found out that most industries have mandated wearing engineering helmets or hard hats for their workforce on site.

These simple helmets for construction workers were nothing more than just a safety measure against falling debris or accidents. So we decided to IoTize this common equipment into a highly functional smart helmet. The various sensors fitted into the digital helmet will collect data of the surrounding & body temperature, gases, motion, and location and provide it to the administrator/supervisor.

smart helmet for construction workers

Industries benefiting from our smart helmet technology

  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Oil, Gas & Mining Corporations
  • Steel Plants
  • Product Manufacturing Industries
  • Chemical Plants
  • Automobile Manufacturing
  • Industrial Workshops
customer pain points

What were the customer pain points?

Our search for creating a smart industrial helmet introduced us to several issues that the industry workers and managers faced on a daily basis. Here are the pain points that motivated us to build this smart helmet IoT product:

  • Lack of accurate workforce tracking
  • No way to track gas leaks around workers
  • Lack of SOS mechanism for individual workers
  • No precision in workforce efficiency tracking
  • No records of equipment users
  • Lack of system to scan vitals of workers
  • Equipment lost & found records

Benefits of incorporating the smart helmet into your enterprise

The smart helmet resolved all the workers’ issues and then offered additional benefits, which increased their productivity and safety. Our smart IIoT helmet became a phenomenal success for all the organizations that adopted it in their workforce.

  • You can check on the location, health condition, and surrounding environment statistics of any worker wearing the helmet.
  • Get an SOS signal from any worker stuck in a dangerous situation.
  • Easily handle resource management and improve work division across several workstations.
  • Make sure no worker is sitting ideal at a single location or roaming around the regions they shouldn’t be.
  • Get workers’ continuous body vitals, reducing cases of accidents, and increasing quick response time.
  • Admin will receive a complete inventory list with tools and its current user at any given time.
  • Get an automatic logging attendance and worksheet for every worker.

Top features of smart helmet IoT product

All the smart helmet features are created with the workers and the management team in mind. The possibilities of functionality and safety are endless with our digital helmets. Check out the features that make this IIoT product the best smart helmet available in the market.

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Wearer’s location(GPS) + IPS for in-door locations

02

Map navigation

03

Humidity check

04

Body temperature check

05

Proximity safety

06

Air quality check

07

Pollution check

08

Surrounding temperature

09

SOS panic button

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Sensor data collection

Challenges we faced with the smart helmet project

Developing a unique IoT product from scratch and that too for the most challenging industries is never an easy feat. We had our share of challenges while making a custom smart IoT helmet; here are a few of the prominent ones:

1. Fluctuations in asset tracking

We faced an error with the fluctuations in location reading of the helmet whenever multiple workers were too close within the same space. We realized that the standard programs to track assets weren’t accurate enough for multiple assets in close range and lead to this issue.

Solutions

We overcame this asset tracking fluctuation issue by developing our own algorithm with the software team at the helm. Building upon the existing tracking programs, we enhanced it with parts of our own custom algorithm.

2. Body temperature sensor placement

All of the sensors we integrated with the helmet (gas sensor, temperature sensor, gyroscope, GPS tracker, etc.) reside in a small custom-built device box attached to the helmet. But we also wanted to add a body temperature sensor that will get an accurate reading of the helmet wearer.

Solutions

This challenge was of product designing; we wanted to keep the sensor innocuous to the wearer while gathering accurate body temperature reading. Hence placing this sensor with all the other sensors was out of the table. Then came a superb idea. We added the sensor to the forehead strap of the smart helmet the same way that a fitness band sensor is planted on the back of the device.

3. Longer battery life & smaller size

One of the biggest issues that an IoT product or any battery-driven product faces is the battery life vs. size conundrum. Everyone wants a device that has the smallest battery size while offering the longest battery life.

Solutions

We scratched our heads for a long time behind this problem, just like all the big minds across the world in product development. Then a brilliant idea came to our IoT hardware team, instead of working on the battery, why not improve the source that uses the battery the most. So, we started sending data in an encoded format with smaller strings to save on the battery usage. The cherry on the cake was that this encoded format was a great step forward in increased data security.

4. Weight & size of the circuit

Once we tasted success at the battery problem, we were pumped to tackle a bigger dragon, the circuit. The goal was the same once again, how to reduce the weight and size of the circuit? The battery solution won’t work in this situation, so we had to come up with a new idea.

Solutions

This time we had to go the hardware route to bring a successful solution to the circuit problem. What we did is instead of making a single circuit board, we broke down the modules into smaller multilayer PCBs. This way, we drastically reduced the circuit’s size and had some breakthroughs in reducing the weight.

The impacts of our smart helmet on various stakeholders

The benefits and beneficiaries of our smart helmet are numerous. Here is a quick note on the several impacts that this IIoT product has on the adopters.

  • The workers feel safer with the helmet as they get precise alerts on time.
  • The supervisors are content with the advanced features accessible from the dashboard.
  • The enterprises have witnessed a drop in accidents and a jump in productivity.
  • Advanced workforce and asset tracking have made it easy for management to create plant workflow.
  • The brand value of the enterprises has grown due to their adoption of the latest gear.
smart hard hat various stakeholders

Tech stack used to create the fabulous smart helmet IoT product

smart helmet tech stack for hardware
Smart Helmet Tech Stack for firmware
Smart Helmet Tech Stack for Softwere

What is the future scope of the smart helmet?

Our smart IoT helmet is fully customizable for any industry and workspace with customizable options in the helmet design, sensors, and product features as per your industry needs.

Our cloud-based smart helmet solution is not just limited to worker’s helmets. They are expandable to all the industry devices (smart devices, power tools, and wearables) that your workers operate. This expansion will be possible with seamless integration of BLE, RFID, Barcodes, and other NFC Technologies.

With our smart industrial IoT products, you will get complete information about every tool and instrument in your inventory. Our cloud-based enterprise IoT solution will soon be ready to expand to any machinery that you own.