Guardhat in new biometric monitoring partnership

DETROIT—Guardhat Inc., developers of a hard hat and monitoring app that monitor the health of workers at the jobsite, announced a new partnership with Atlanta-based startup FireHUD Inc., a provider of biometric monitoring to prevent overexertion on the worksite.

By integrating FireHUD monitoring with Guardhat’s Kyra data analysis platform, users will now have a more holistic view of the worksite, including the ability to receive and send instant alerts in the event of a fall, exposure to toxic gases, lockout zones, proximity to moving equipment, and much more.

“Guardhat’s ultimate goal is to better protect the industrial workforce with advanced safety insight,” said Rony Roy Choudhury, executive vice president of growth at Guardhat. “FireHUD hit the ground running, and their technology brings real-time biometric monitoring to our Kyra platform. We want to align our mission and enter the market jointly, greatly expanding the number of ways in which we can monitor and protect individuals working the most demanding careers.”

The FireHUD BioTrac Platform is a real-time monitoring system that tracks the physiology of individuals through an arm-worn device. The device measures biometrics such as heart rate, core body temperature, exertion, distance traveled and calories burned to provide a personalized profile for predicting exertion levels.

Zack Braun, FireHUD’s CEO, said GuardHat’s “Kyra platform allows us to easily integrate our real-time physiological monitoring solution into their system in on-premise or cloud scenarios. Ultimately, allowing our complementary solutions to usher in a new era of safety for workers in the most extreme environments.”

Guardhat’s agreement with FireHUD is the latest in a series of partnerships that demonstrate Kyra’s ability to integrate with nearly any type wearable technology. It boasts a growing list of global solution providers including DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Qualcomm Technologies.

Guardhat currently holds eight patents in its markets and was named the Frost & Sullivan 2019 North America Company of the Year for its connected PPE worker safety systems.

The FireHUD platform has already been implemented in select Air Force bases and first responder units across the United States, allowing personnel to better monitor the real-time health of their team.

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Combining wearable technology and proprietary software, Guardhat is able to monitor a user’s location, health and work environment. The software collects and analyzes on-the-job data which is used to enhance industrial worker safety and productivity programs. Guardhat has offices in Detroit, Chicago, Boulder, Colo., Bangalore, India, and Paris.

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