Frost & Sullivan Names Guardhat the 2019 North America Company of the Year for its connected PPE

Guardhat modernises the industrial worksite with intelligent safety and connected situational awareness technologies.
Based on its recent analysis of the North American connected safety market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Detroit-based Guardhat with the 2019 North America Company of the Year Award for its comprehensive connected safety solutions. The Guardhat platform offers robust solutions for bridging last mile connection between wearable safety personal protective equipment (PPE) and enterprise systems.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to the organisation that demonstrates excellence in terms of growth strategy and implementation in its field. The award recognises a high degree of innovation with products and technologies and the resulting leadership in terms of customer value and market penetration.
‘Guardhat’s end-to-end system, KYRA, enables an entirely new level of situational awareness focused on supporting human elements. The company handles a range of data input, feeding a purpose-built Internet of Things (IoT) platform to leverage Big Data for comprehensive visibility throughout facilities,’ said Sanjiv Bhaskar, Vice President at Frost & Sullivan. ‘This intelligent system helps operators and on-site personnel understand the situational context, operations and how people and assets interact. The system provides real-time visibility into asset and employee location, status and enables communication through a custom-built, real-time location system geolocation software.’
The Guardhat KYRA system utilises a peer-to-peer network to provide real-time communication between individuals, connected assets and a central hub-drastically helping to prevent accidents, improve response time and productivity and unlock Big Data potential. Extending its capabilities and reach, KYRA goes beyond its own hardware by seamlessly integrating with any connectable sensor and a variety of third-party platforms. By utilising Bluetooth, open application program interface protocols, or wireless/wired connections, Guardhat lowers the cost of developing back-end platforms for collecting and analysing Big Data from many formats.
Guardhat collaborates with many third-party platforms, including IBM Watson; enterprise resource planning and enterprise asset management, such as SAP, Oracle, IBM Maximo as well as HR management systems. The company draws from its deep experience in the field and has a structured process to incorporate user and customer feedback to develop and improve features and form.
‘After extensive testing, Guardhat realised that the best results could be achieved by trimming the feature set affixed onto the hardhat, integrating will all available third-party information sources and piping them through the KYRA platform via the communications backbone. Simultaneously, the company’s device feature set is highly adaptable with plug-and-play modules, which are pre-certified to speed regulatory approval,’ noted Bhaskar. ‘Overall, with its in-house built software and federated computing model, Guardhat enables intelligent peer-to-peer communication; thus unlocking return on investment, safety, cost and productivity benefits.’
Frost & Sullivan Best Practises Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practises in the industry.
About Guardhat
Detroit-based Guardhat is a leading industrial loT technology company specialised in developing wearables, infrastructure and software platforms to provide a safer and more productive work environment for frontline industrial workers in heavy manufacturing industries. Founded in October 2014 by industry veterans and former steel & mining CEO Saikat Dey, Guardhat’s mission is to modernise safety and enhance last mile connectivity in the industrial workplace. By combining a cutting-edge wearable technology with advanced proprietary software, Guardhat is able to proactively monitor a user’s location, health and work environment. The software platform collects and analyses on-the-job data, which is used to enhance industrial worker safety and productivity programs. Based out of its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, Guardhat operates globally with offices in Boulder, Colorado, Chicago, Illinois, Bangalore, India, Paris and France. Guardhat holds 8 patents across areas of Connected Worker, Real Time Locations Systems and Wearable Solutions.
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