Intel used this week’s IoT Insights 2015 Day to unveil a new Internet of Things platform and to demonstrate how retailer Levi Strauss and Honeywell are using RFID and IoT solutions. IoT Insights Day is an annual showcase featuring innovative IoT hardware and software in development by Intel and partnering companies.
Honeywell and Intel demonstrated a prototype of a personal connected safety solution for industrial workers and first responders that could reduce workplace injury and improve productivity. Levi’s meanwhile, discussed how tagging every product in its San Francisco store is leading to higher efficiencies.
“They now have the ability to power an application that lets them look at the whole store, holistically, every minute, and gives the employees the ability to scan of the entire store,” Intel CEO Brian Krazanich told Business Insider, which covered the event.
Krzanich didn’t disclose the actual sales benefit Levi’s saw by implementing this new technology, but said that “with every 3% of inventory accuracy gained, you get about 1% increase in sales uplift…all of that goes directly to the bottom line,” according to Business Insider.
As previously reported by RFID 24-7, Levi Strauss and Intel are also working with Smartrac to harvest the information from the tagged items, which is then pulled into the cloud and is translated into insight that is dispersed to company executives, store personnel and to the supply chain.
Earlier this year RFID 24-7 reported that Levi’s consumes about 60 million tags annually for tagging of men’s jeans, and that tag volume would reach 80 million this year and exceed 100 million units in 2016 as the retailer begins to tag men’s shorts and more women’s lines.
The Honeywell Connected Worker solution includes a Mobile Hub that collects and provides sensor fusion, which refers to data collected from a variety of sensors on a worker that are compiled to provide a broader and more accurate picture of what that worker is experiencing. The Mobile Hub pulls data from a self-contained breathing apparatus, a heart rate monitor, and several Intel® Quark™ SE microcontroller based devices, including a toxic gas monitor, an activity detection device, and a non-verbal gesture device.
The solution monitors workers for toxic gas exposure, breathing, heart rate, posture and motion. The resulting data and actionable intelligence is displayed remotely on a visual, cloud-based dashboard, giving plant managers and incident commanders the information needed to better anticipate unsafe conditions and prevent potential “man-down” scenarios that could threaten worker safety. In addition, the data can be used to prevent equipment failure that could create unsafe conditions or costly downtime.
“This collaboration between Honeywell and Intel showcases how we are connecting industrial workers to the digital world and creating safer work environments,” says Carl Johnson, president of Honeywell Industrial Safety.
“Honeywell’s long history in sensing technologies enables us to utilize environmental data to reduce risks and increase the productivity of our customers by using technology and staying connected to workers. This is a major breakthrough for worker safety and productivity that will revolutionize the industrial workplace.”