Human Machine Interface / Software / Industrial Safety / Changing Workforce

Future of work: Internet-connected overalls

By USA Today

Nov 22, 2016

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A man dressed as a utility worker approaches an electrical panel. As he moves to touch the metal box, a light blinks. Sensors sewn into his overalls have cut the flow of electricity to the box. He can now work without the risk of electrocution.

"This is just one way technology can help workers do their jobs better and more safely," says Stephane Sireau of GE Digital. Long known primarily for making big-ticket hardware devices such as MRI machines and jet engines, General Electric is doubling down on software and IIoT.

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