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By Rich Handley

Guardhat Partners With Technology, Consulting and Software Firms to Commercialize Smart Safety Equipment

Detroit-based Guardhat, an Internet of Things (IoT) industrial safety technology company specialized in developing wearables, infrastructure and software platforms, has unveiled a list of global solution providers and a re-designed website. The solutions from these global companies allow Guardhat to bring its life-saving technologies to commercialization, the company reports. Providers include DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm Technologies.

"We set out with the mission to save lives," said Saikat Dey, Guardhat's co-founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. "Our newest solution providers provide us with necessary access to global ecosystem solutions to continue that mission as we improve our technology and apply a robust and scalable enterprise solution to both the operational and discrete manufacturing industries." These providers supply Guardhat with software, technology and networking solutions, allowing for the commercialization of its product and access to a diverse global industrial workforce.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions' collaboration with Guardhat will integrate IoT and wearable solutions into DSS's work with clients around the globe. DSS's data-analytics team will provide industry and domain expertise-based insight by leveraging the capabilities of Guardhat's Kyra data platform. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is Guardhat's computer, storage, networking and global services partner, and will provide foundational infrastructure support for the Guardhat platform. Qualcomm, meanwhile, provides system-on-chip solutions and platforms featuring edge processing capabilities at low power, cellular connectivity, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS, hardware-based security, multimedia (audio and video) and sensor-processing capabilities.

"We combine our advanced Internet-related technology with dependable safety equipment to create a 3D space and holistic view of every user's work environment," said Anupam Sengupta, Guardhat's co-founder and CTO, in the prepared statement. "This allows us to actively predict and prevent workplace accidents, which ultimately provides a better way to protect people."

Guardhat estimates that there are 13 million industrial workers in the United States, resulting in 4,000 deaths and three million injuries annually. The company's goal, it reports, is to reduce workplace injuries by up to 20 percent, thereby saving organizations $30 billion to $50 billion per year in worker safety-related costs.

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