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Six UK startups chosen for world’s first regulatory sandbox for industrial safetytech

by Liam Turner
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Six UK startups pioneering the use of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and other emerging technologies to improve industrial safety and risk management have been selected for the world’s first regulatory sandbox for industrial safetytech.

FYLD, HAL Robotics, Oculo, Eave, Plinx, and Machine Eye will join seven major construction and infrastructure companies — including Balfour Beatty, Costain, and Laing O’Rourke — in the Industrial Safetytech Regulatory Sandbox. 

The sandbox is being delivered by Discovering Safety, a programme led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s health and safety regulator; and Safetytech Accelerator, a technology accelerator dedicated to advancing safetytech in industry.

It aims to accelerate the adoption of proven industrial safetytech products by considering how regulation affects the development and adoption of life-saving technologies and how assessment and compliance activities can be done more effectively.

It will begin work this month.

The start-ups

The selected startups have developed market-ready products to support health and safety in construction, and represent a range of emerging technologies requiring regulatory consideration.

These are:

  • FYLD (fyld.ai): FYLD aims to improve safety and productivity for workforces operating in hazardous environments with real-time, AI-powered video risk assessments and predictive analytics
  • Plinx (plinx.io): Plinx has developed an intelligent safety system that aims to improve site safety by controlling access to hazardous areas based on a worker’s role and purpose
  • Oculo (oculo.ai): Oculo seeks to improve risk management and safety by using AI computer vision to provide an accurate, up-to-date view of construction sites
  • Eave (eave.io): Eave’s proprietary hearing protection system comprises its FocusLite smart ear defenders and Peak, a cloud-based risk monitoring and prevention platform
  • HAL Robotics (hal-robotics.com): HAL Robotics is a software company focusing on adaptive applications of robotics in manufacturing, construction, and creative industries
  • Machine Eye (machine-eye.com): Machine Eye’s intelligent safety platform aims to help businesses across construction and primary industries to manage and control the risk associated with Mobile Machinery, through both real-time interventions and longer-term analysis

Dr Helen Balmforth, head of Data Analytics at Health and Safety Executive and lead on Discovering Safety, said: “Innovation is key to advancing health and safety in all industries, including construction.

“We look forward to working with these six industrial safetytech startups to identify opportunities for progress and tackle any challenges that stand in the way of creating safer and more productive work environments.”

Dr Maurizio Pilu, managing director at Safetytech Accelerator, said: “We’re very pleased with the quality of the startups selected.

“Their impressive range of innovative technologies are already making waves in the industry, and as they collaborate with peers, experts, and construction giants within the sandbox, we can unlock fresh perspectives to advance health and safety technology across the board.”

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