Born2Global Centre’s member startup GSIL, a smart safety specialist, recently attracted 1.5 billion KRW (1.3 million USD) worth of investments from the Korea Credit Guarantee Fund. 

 

GSIL has been an active Born2Global Centre member since 2016 and developed a smart safety system that can ensure the safety of workers in construction or industrial sites.

 

Through this investment, GSIL was lauded for its successful implementation and operation of smart safety systems at more than 50 public institutions and construction sites of large corporations. Technological capabilities and business growth potential through continuous research and development based on on-site demand also played a major role in getting this investment.

 

The smart safety system is for an integrated safety management in which Internet of Things (IoT) technology is fused and combined based on the risk matrices. By providing real-time worker safety management, risk assessment, equipment inspection, process management, and work environment factors to safety managers, efficient safety management and emergency relief can be quickly implemented. This technology has been recognized and verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.

 

With this new investment, GSIL plans to focus on providing a more progressive smart safety management system that will lead the advancement of safety management from safety design using smart technology towards construction, data accumulation, and productivity management.



 

CEO Jung-Woo Lee said, “We will accelerate the development of new smart safety technologies in high-demand areas, such as construction safety, power generation companies, airports, and high-tech plants, as well as increase the future value potential in the smart safety field through system convergence and integration.” 


As GSIL plans to become the first mover in the global market in the field of smart safety management, it is working to expand into the US, Kuwait, and Indonesian markets in the near future.



 

 




GSIL is solidifying its position as a smart safety company through its successful contracts with large Korean companies in recent years.


GSIL signed an order contract based on the provision of smart safety systems with leading domestic construction companies such as Samsung Engineering, Samsung C&T, and Ssangyong E&C, starting with a joint technology development contract with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in August-September only.




GSIL's independently-developed smart safety management system aims to prevent safety accidents and eliminate safety "blind spots" at construction sites. It is equipped with a function that can pinpoint a worker's current location as well as an emergency rescue system (SOS-enabled).


The system that GSIL will be providing not only tracks worker locations but also collects environmental data and real-time updates on levels of oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustible gas, and hydrogen sulfide. This makes it possible to prevent injuries or fatal accidents resulting from low oxygen levels or the influx of harmful gases into an airtight setting.


The facial recognition-based entry and exit function of GSIL's system creates a more comfortable work environment. Records of workers entering or exiting the worksite can be viewed at any time. The system also has a function that manages the drilling of the tunnel and a rescue system that is activated in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, if a worker presses the SOS button on his/her sensor, an SOS alarm immediately sounds on all connected mobile and web devices, ensuring that everyone can quickly be made aware of the situation.


This technology has been recognized and verified as a new technology by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.

GSIL is currently in the process of signing the contract with the organizer to conduct the process of being specially listed as a company for its technology.


 

 


In early May, GSIL, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, successfully finished its installation of a smart safety management system for a construction site operated by Lotte Engineering & Construction (Lotte E&C). GSIL will be providing Lotte E&C's construction site with a smart safety management system until July 5, 2022. The site is located in the Gunpo-Uiwang district, with order placement supervised by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). GSIL has been an active member of the Born2Global Centre since 2016.

 

The contract between GSIL and Lotte E&C was signed to prevent safety accidents from occurring inside the tunnel. GSIL will be installing its smart safety management system in the tunnel to strengthen safety management. The system includes real-time verification of worker locations (per tunnel section) and cross-checks the information provided by the real-time tracking system with the information provided by the CCTVs located onsite.

 

GSIL's independently-developed smart safety management system aims to prevent safety accidents and eliminate safety "blind spots" at construction sites. It is equipped with a function that can pinpoint a worker's current location as well as an emergency rescue system (SOS-enabled).

 

The system that GSIL will be providing not only tracks worker locations but also collects environmental data and real-time updates on levels of oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustible gas, and hydrogen sulfide. This makes it possible to prevent injuries or fatal accidents resulting from low oxygen levels or the influx of harmful gases into an airtight setting.

 

The facial recognition-based entry and exit function of GSIL's system creates a more comfortable work environment. Records of workers entering or exiting the worksite can be viewed at any time. The system also has a function that manages the drilling of the tunnel and a rescue system that is activated in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency, if a worker presses the SOS button on his/her sensor, an SOS alarm immediately sounds on all connected mobile and web devices, ensuring that everyone can quickly be made aware of the situation.

 

System implementation is expected to enable: preventive and preemptive responses to safety accidents in the tunnel; early responses to potential dangers at the worksite; systematic processing (web/app) for construction-related processes (drill volume, etc.); increased viewing (by both managers and workers) of safety-related history at the worksite, and; speedy response in the event of an emergency.

 

Lee Jung-woo, CEO of GSIL, said, "Based on the increasing number of underground structures and tunnels being constructed as part of Korea's infrastructure, we anticipate that there will also be an increase in the number of worksites for construction, maintenance, and management. By applying a smart safety system to tunnels and underground sites, which have many dangerous elements, we will be able to secure both worker safety and increase work efficiency. Together with KEPCO and Lotte E&C, we will do our best to preemptively apply new smart construction technologies to worksites to create an environment where workers feel safe."

 

KEPCO has consistently created safety policies for on-site application, based on its assessment that sealed tunnel environments may potentially compromise worker safety during an emergency (i.e., exposure to harmful gases, fire, etc.) due to prolonged working periods. The newly-introduced GSIL system's real-time monitoring of oxygen/harmful gas concentrations and worker locations will not only help prevent safety accidents but will also be of invaluable help in the event of a crisis/emergency by securing enough "golden time" to prevent serious human causalities.

 

Founded in 2016, GSIL has established and is operating smart construction management systems for work sites affiliated with the Korea Rail Network Authority (Gangwon branch), Korea Midland Power, and Samsung Engineering. It is also preparing to enter the Middle Eastern market and has already signed an agent contract with a subsidiary of the Bayan National Construction Contracting Company, a general construction company that is based in Kuwait. GSIL is also currently involved in negotiations for the application of its safety system and/or collaborative endeavors related to the F1 circuit (Kuwait Motor Town) and a smart city in Kuwait, PEPCO in the USA, Long Son Petrochemical in Vietnam, and a power plant in Indonesia.

 

On March 20, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) promulgated a revised version of the Enforcement Rule of the Construction Technology Promotion Act that expanded the list of safety management fees that are required for the introduction of smart safety equipment. The revised rule's addition of establishment/operation fees for safety management systems that utilize wireless communications/equipment to the list of official safety management expenses creates the necessary foundations for the use of cutting-edge technology at construction sites, namely through the application of smart safety equipment (based on IoT, big data, etc.). When passing the revised legislation, the MOLIT stressed its commitment to prioritizing the safety of on-site personnel by establishing a "quick response" basis for the early detection and removal of construction site dangers. The revised enforcement rule is expected to diversify the environments that can be equipped with GSIL's smart safety management system.



 

In mid-March, GSIL, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, signed a new contract with the Korean conglomerate Samsung Engineering for the supply of GSIL's smart safety management system to the construction site of Samsung Engineering's Motor Control Center (MCC) at Green Building in Pyeong-taek, South Korea. The purpose of the contract is to implement safety policies and systems for employees who work in stuffy, airtight environments.

 

GSIL independently developed a smart safety management system for the prevention of safety accidents and the elimination of safety "gray areas" at construction sites. The system features a function that can ascertain a worker's current location as well as an SOS-enabled emergency rescue system.

 

The system that GSIL will be providing not only tracks worker locations but also uses a large-screen tablet PC, installed at the water tank at each work site, to allow workers to exchange information about their work environment and receive alarms in the event of an accident or other problem. The system collects data and transmits real-time updates on the work environment, providing information on oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustible gas, and hydrogen sulfide levels in the water tank. This quick information system makes it possible to prevent injury and fatal accidents related to low oxygen levels or the influx of harmful gases into an airtight setting.

 

GSIL's system also provides a timeline of workers entering and exiting the water tank that can be viewed anytime and maintains records on individual workers, indicating whether each worker has completed safety training and has received his/her annual health check-up. The system also features a well-organized rescue system for emergency situations that only requires the worker to press the SOS button on his/her sensor, which then immediately sounds an SOS alarm on all connected mobile and web devices, ensuring that everyone can quickly be made aware of the situation.

 

On March 20, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) promulgated a revised version of the Enforcement Rule of the Construction Technology Promotion Act that expanded the list of safety management fees that are required for the introduction of smart safety equipment. The revised rule's addition of establishment/operation fees for safety management systems that utilize wireless communications/equipment to the list of official safety management expenses creates the necessary foundations for the use of cutting-edge technology at construction sites, namely through the application of smart safety equipment (based on IoT, big data, etc.). When passing the revised legislation, the MOLIT stressed its commitment to prioritizing the safety of on-site personnel by establishing a "quick response" basis for the early detection and removal of construction site dangers. The revised enforcement rule is expected to diversify the environments that can be equipped with GSIL's smart safety management system.

 

Lee Jung-woo, CEO of GSIL, said, "The Pyeongtaek-Godeok construction site is a very important location in terms of Samsung Electronics' enlargement of its new semiconductor facilities, which are expected to increase in number over the next ten years. GSIL is anticipating that the construction site will expand through Green building 1 and 2, which are the targets of this most recent contract." GSIL is preparing the safety management system which can be applied to the confined area, such as the Samsung Engineering Tangjeong site and Samsung Electronics' wastewater treatment facility.

 

Founded in 2016, GSIL has established and is operating smart construction management systems for work sites affiliated with the Korea Rail Network Authority (Gangwon branch), Korea Midland Power, and Samsung Engineering. It is also preparing to enter the Middle Eastern market and has already signed an agent contract with a subsidiary of the Bayan National Construction Contracting Company, a general construction company that is based in Kuwait. GSIL is also currently involved in negotiations for the application of its safety system and/or collaborative endeavors related to the F1 circuit (Kuwait Motor Town) and a smart city in Kuwait, PEPCO in the USA, Long Son Petrochemical in Vietnam, and a power plant in Indonesia.

 

The Born2Global Centre (Born2Global), a major Korean government innovation agency that operates under the country's Ministry of Science and ICT and greatly contributes to the Korean startup ecosystem, will be increasing its efforts to spread innovative Korean technologies to developing countries.


 

Born2Global participated in World Bank Group's "Korea Innovation Week," which took place in Washington D.C., upon invitation from the World Bank. At the event, Born2Global had the opportunity to introduce Korea's startup ecosystem as well as companies with cutting-edge technology. Beginning with a startup meeting hosted in Korea with the World Bank in 2019, both institutions continue to discuss ways to cooperate.

 

Born2Global attended in a subcommittee workshop on digital development, where it gave a presentation on Korea's startup ecosystem, which is based on active cooperation between the public and private sectors, and Korean government policy support for startups that wish to debut overseas. In particular, it introduced examples of Korean collaborative projects with MDBs (multilateral development banks) that were implemented to support the growth and build the capabilities of companies already in possession of innovative technologies.

 

Born2Global member companies, including GSIL, LUXROBO, Hylium Industries, and VisualCamp, also gave presentations and technology demonstrations.

 

GSIL presented on a smart construction safety management system that can be applied to infrastructure building (energy, transportation, etc.) and maintenance projects, while Hylium Industries presented the advantages of liquid hydrogen-based energy as a future energy source. LUXROBO introduced a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational solution based on IoT and robotics and proposed cooperation with MDBs on projects for STEM education in developing countries. By highlighting the potential of cutting-edge gaze-tracking technology for use in the fields of education and medicine, VisualCamp introduced ways in which developing countries can see the possibility of communication with pre-speech infants and/or patients who cannot otherwise express themselves.

 

Born2Global sounded out ways with World Bank's Digital Development that innovative technology-based services could be made available to developing countries, going as far as holding a marathon meeting to ensure sufficient brainstorming of feasible ways to collaborate.

 

A total of 21 meetings were held with departments of the World Bank affiliated with a variety of relevant projects (smart city, infrastructure, urban development, energy, education, technological innovation, etc.). Discussions focused on concrete ways in which the technologies of innovative Korean companies can be applied to projects in developing countries and ways to collaborate in the future.

 

Discussions also took place with the World Bank on concrete collaborative projects with Born2Global member companies. World Bank's Technology and Innovation Lab expressed significant interest in LUXROBO's MODI module and software: plans to purchase sample MODI kits for use by a study group at the Technology and Innovation Lab will soon materialize. The City Resilience Program announced that it will combine VisualCamp's gaze-tracking technology with other AI technologies to develop a solution to be used in developing countries to detect faulty/poor facilities.

 

Chief Executive Director Kim Jongkap of Born2Global said, "We aim to continue materializing effective collaboration with MDBs through inter-regional partnerships not only for worldwide promotion of outstanding Korean technology companies but also towards establishment of a platform for the entry of these companies into the markets of developing countries through things such as strategic public procurement. Starting with cooperation on ODA projects, we will spare no effort in enhancing the ability of our companies to obtain orders. We will also consistently provide support so that their abilities and potential can lead to tangible outcomes in the global public procurement market, which is essentially a blue ocean for companies that wish to expand overseas."




The Born2Global Centre, a major Korean government innovation agency that operates under the country's Ministry of Science and ICT and greatly contributes to the Korean startup ecosystem, is now introducing Korea's innovative technologies to the Middle East market.



 

Through the Born2Global Centre, Seerslab, winner of the AIM 2020 National Pitch Competition held in Korea earlier this month, will go to the Middle East to participate in the AIM 2020 Global Startups Champions League.

 

The AIM National Pitch Competition was organized in cooperation with the Born2Global Centre, the official partner of AIM (Annual Investment Meeting) in Korea. The winner of this competition gets the opportunity to introduce its technology and establish itself in the Middle East market. AIM is an investment platform under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai and is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy.

 

Seerslab will be in the final stage of the AIM 2020 Global Startups Champions League, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center from March 24 to 26. The company will compete against more than 100 selected companies from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Germany, the UK, India, Rwanda, Japan, and Singapore. As the winner of the AIM National Pitch Competition, Seerslab will run an exhibition booth in AIM 2020 and get to participate in networking events and business meetings with global investors. The final competition is expected to be witnessed by more than 16,000 visitors from all over the globe.

 

 

At the national competition, Seerslab received high scores for its AR technology service expansion and its impressive strategy for entering the Middle East market.

 

CEO Jinwook Jung of Seerslab said, "We are pleased to have been recognized for the value of ARGear, Seerslab's all-in-one AR solution, as well as to have this opportunity to introduce ARGear to the Middle East through our participation in AIM 2020, in which we will compete with innovative technology companies. We hope that the release of our platform will make it easier for developers to access AI technologies and content." Jung added, "We aim to become a leader of the global market, including the Middle East, based on our experience in building AI services for mobile phone manufacturers, telecommunications companies, and e-commerce."

 

AIM Regional Manager Kaosar Nazia said, "We know that Korean companies and technologies are thriving in the Korean startup ecosystem and going on to find success in the global market with their excellent technologies and global competitiveness. By working with the Born2Global Centre, one of the leading organizations in the industry, we can help Korean companies establish themselves in both the Dubai and Middle East markets."



 

After this pitch competition, the Born2Global Centre will continue increasing its presence in the Middle East. In particular, it will actively support Toss lab (business collaboration tool), Dtonic (spatio-temporal big data engineering platform), VisualCamp (AI-based eye-tracking technology), and GSIL (smart construction safety management system), which were runners-up in the contest.

 

Starting the road show by participating in AIM 2020 Dubai in March, the Born2Global Centre and the winning company will also participate in the Dubai Expo 2020 project, complete the PMF (Product-Market-Fit) program for Middle East market verification, and meet with local experts to discuss strategies for successful market entry.

 

Chief Executive Director Jongkap Kim of the Born2Global Centre said, "We are in close communication with various local partners, including AIM, which has an excellent pipeline in the Middle East, as well as investment companies, global corporations, and government agencies. Going forward, we plan to develop various cooperative business models to help Korean companies grow and gain momentum."



 


 

On March 22 K-ICT Born2Global Centre (B2G) held the “Go-To-Market Road show @ Hanoi: IR Pitching Event” at Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel in Vietnam.

 

Ten innovative companies pitched their impressive ICT technology. Five judges, including experts VCs, accelerators, entrepreneurs and corporate partners assessed all the contestants on their company's technological, market and team competencies. As a result, MOIN in Korea and HACHI in Vietnam got selected as the most outstanding companies respectively. After the IR and networking session, technology and products of each company were demonstrated.

 

At the event, MOU was signed between Born2Global and Vietnam Silicon Valley (VSV). Both organizations agreed to cooperate in joint development of promising innovative technology companies in Korea and Vietnam and share enterprise support programs.

 

The programs consist of: 1) domestic and overseas investment of ICT sector's innovative technology companies, 2) joint establishment of key strategies for successful overseas expansion, 3) providing connection with the key programs needed for fostering companies, 3) sharing information on eco-system in each country to find ICT promising companies, 4) search for other effective and productive ways of mutual cooperation.

 


 

“We have signed a MOU to promote Korea's ICT promising innovative technology company in Vietnam which we hope will act as a booster,” said JongKap Kim, Chief Executive Director of B2G, as he kicked off the event. “Korea and Vietnam will work together to develop technologies and businesses. We will share our strategic know-how and look for ways to link them together,” he added.

 

 

 

Few of the participating companies are listed below:

 

 

Korean Companies

 

UlalaLAB (www.ulalalab.com)

A smart factory platform for control & analyze the data by AI, based on IoT and clouding for small and medium manufacturing companies. Just install the Wimfacotry on the equipment in the production line. It can check real-time data of factory facilities, operation status, and malfunction status.

 

BlueSignal (www.bluesignal.co.kr)

Predictor of future driving risk rates and traffic status based on traffic data and artificial intelligence algorithms. Highly effective for improving the prediction of transportation accuracy and traffic flow.

 

FlyHigh (www.flyhigh-x.com)

FlyHigh specializes in security. If there's a difference from an existing security company, FlyHigh is focusing on real results and convenience. So they create a product that's not existing. Or they make existing products easier and more effective. It is the secret FlyHigh won with big companies until now.

 

MOIN (www.themoin.com)

MOIN develops a global money transfer service based on Blockchain technology. MOIN provides overseas remittance among South Korea, Japan, and China at present and plans to expand into Southeast Asia countries

 

Hankook NFC (www.hankooknfc.com)

MySnappyPOS is an easy and instant payment service app for small/individual merchants who want to be able to accept credit card payments and Apple Pay, using only a smartphone. By enabling payments without a traditional POS system or credit card terminals, MySnappyPOS turns your smartphone into anywhere payment terminal.

 

GSIL (www.gsil.com)

GSIL’s Smart Construction Safety Management System is a total safety management platform for construction. GSIL provides accident prevention, safety examinations, field monitoring services and real-time worker location service solution using IoT wearables.

 

 

Vietnamese Companies

 

Peko Peko (www.pekopeko.vn)

Peko offers a suite of CRM and mobile payment platform that helps drive business online to offline retail shops in a sustainable and low-cost way. Through gamification, Peko rewards both shops and shoppers to transact together with the best value.

 

Hachi (www.hatch.com.vn)

Hachi system can apply hydroponic system, drip irrigation and IoT to increasing productivity to 50-300% higher than normal. We connect and help farmer sell vegetable to restaurant after they harvest.

 

689Cloud (www.689cloud.com)

Cloud-based platform and customized solution that makes simplify secured file sharing & collaboration on Cloud for internal & external business. 689Cloud developed by global team (US, JAPAN & Vietnam) experienced in Cloud & security solution since 2013, and launched to the market in Oct 2017, in Mar 2018 some major customers like VIB Bank, QTSC, UEL University started using the product.

 

Wework (www.wework.vn)

Online work management platform for enterprises: Flexibly manage multi projects, easy collaboration in real time notifications and dash board reports. 

 

Image Credit: GSiL

 

 

今回の投稿は、本シリーズ「Discover Korea’s Tech(韓国のテックスタートアップを探る)」の第8弾である。

数々の巨大企業が牛耳っていることで有名な韓国経済の中、

自身が持つテクノロジーによって自立した韓国のスタートアップ起業家たちに話を聞いていく予定だ。

数ヶ月に渡って彼らを追うこの企画を楽しみにしてほしい。

@technodechina からシリーズ最新のストーリーをチェックできる。

 

韓国セウォル号転覆事故では、304人もの命が失われた。

その後、この国では、あらゆるセクターや業界で安全に対する注意喚起がなされるようになった。

中国でもここ数十年、工場での爆発事故や土砂崩れなど多くの労働災害が発生している。

しかし、残念なことに安全管理者は現場を単なる形式的なものとしてとらえる傾向があり、

その結果、事故、負傷、災害が発生してしまう。

 

Great Safety Information Laboratory(GSiL)はこの問題を、

AIで動く安全管理システムを装備させることで解決しようとしている。

 

同社 CEO の Elisha Lee(이정우)氏は TechNode に対しこのように話している。

 

"安全関連のセクターには複数のスタートアップが存在します。しかし、

異なる状況それぞれにカスタマイズされたソリューションを提供するのは困難でした。"

 

事故防止のために GSiL は環境センサー・機器から何万というデータポイントを収集している。

NFC タグを使用して作業員の位置をモニターし、

設備状況をチェックできる AI で動作するリスク測定、安全システムを開発した。

これにより無線インターネットが建設現場やトンネルで機能することができる。

 

GSiL が他の安全ソリューションと違うのは、建設現場の規模に応じたハイレベルなカスタマイズ仕様である。

 

例えば作業員がトンネルを掘る場合、安全管理者は誰がこの作業を担当しているかを把握できる。

GSiL はトンネルの上部にアンテナ、トンネル内に無線 CCTV カメラを設置している。

また、トンネル内の作業でどこに大きな機器や作業員が存在し、どのような作業がなされているのかがわかる。

同社はヘルメットにセンサーを内蔵させることで、作業員が転倒した際にサーバに通知されるようにしている。

しかも作業員が負傷したり別の事故に巻き込まれたりした場合、黄色のマークで表示される。

 

Lee 氏は次のように述べている。

 

"小規模の建設現場の場合、大規模現場に比べて事故が多くなっています。

安全管理者を配置する必要がないからです。 

安全基準を簡単に逸脱してしまうので、事故の起きる確率が高くなるのです。"

 

中国信息通信研究院(CAICT)のデータによると、

中国は2015年末までに総額2,600億米ドルもの金額をスマートシティに投資してきた。

スマートシティのプランナーは安全、公共エネルギー、住民への影響に気を配っている。

GSiL の狙いは、スマートシティを推進している中国の小規模自治体に安全ソリューションを提供することだ。

 

同社はそのほか、事故発生後の調査作業の重要性も認識している。

 

Lee 氏はこう話している。

 

"事故発生時、救急隊員はその事故の場所が化学工場なのかどうか、

建設現場の場合なら作業員は300人なのか20人なのかを知る必要があります。

当社では救急隊用のアシスタンスガイドラインを設けましたので、

事故の規模に応じた救急体制を敷くことができるようになるのです。"

 

主な競合は安全性を専門とするノルウェー拠点のコンサルティング企業 DNVGL だ。

GSiL はまだ国外顧客を獲得していないが、鉄道関係企業や消防署とは提携できる可能性があるとコメントしている。

GSiL はこれまでに4億ウォン(34万米ドル)のシード資金を BigBang Angels から調達した。

 

GSiL は韓国・未来創造科学部傘下の K-ICT Born2Global Center の支援を受けている。

 

 

 

【via Technode】 @technodechina

 

【原文】

 

http://thebridge.jp/2016/11/ai-company-wants-prevent-accidents-construction-sites

Image Credit: GSiL

 

 

今回の投稿は、本シリーズ「Discover Korea’s Tech(韓国のテックスタートアップを探る)」の第8弾である。

数々の巨大企業が牛耳っていることで有名な韓国経済の中、

自身が持つテクノロジーによって自立した韓国のスタートアップ起業家たちに話を聞いていく予定だ。

数ヶ月に渡って彼らを追うこの企画を楽しみにしてほしい。

@technodechina からシリーズ最新のストーリーをチェックできる。

 

韓国セウォル号転覆事故では、304人もの命が失われた。

その後、この国では、あらゆるセクターや業界で安全に対する注意喚起がなされるようになった。

中国でもここ数十年、工場での爆発事故や土砂崩れなど多くの労働災害が発生している。

しかし、残念なことに安全管理者は現場を単なる形式的なものとしてとらえる傾向があり、

その結果、事故、負傷、災害が発生してしまう。

 

Great Safety Information Laboratory(GSiL)はこの問題を、

AIで動く安全管理システムを装備させることで解決しようとしている。

 

同社 CEO の Elisha Lee(이정우)氏は TechNode に対しこのように話している。

 

"安全関連のセクターには複数のスタートアップが存在します。しかし、

異なる状況それぞれにカスタマイズされたソリューションを提供するのは困難でした。"

 

事故防止のために GSiL は環境センサー・機器から何万というデータポイントを収集している。

NFC タグを使用して作業員の位置をモニターし、

設備状況をチェックできる AI で動作するリスク測定、安全システムを開発した。

これにより無線インターネットが建設現場やトンネルで機能することができる。

 

GSiL が他の安全ソリューションと違うのは、建設現場の規模に応じたハイレベルなカスタマイズ仕様である。

 

例えば作業員がトンネルを掘る場合、安全管理者は誰がこの作業を担当しているかを把握できる。

GSiL はトンネルの上部にアンテナ、トンネル内に無線 CCTV カメラを設置している。

また、トンネル内の作業でどこに大きな機器や作業員が存在し、どのような作業がなされているのかがわかる。

同社はヘルメットにセンサーを内蔵させることで、作業員が転倒した際にサーバに通知されるようにしている。

しかも作業員が負傷したり別の事故に巻き込まれたりした場合、黄色のマークで表示される。

 

Lee 氏は次のように述べている。

 

"小規模の建設現場の場合、大規模現場に比べて事故が多くなっています。

安全管理者を配置する必要がないからです。 

安全基準を簡単に逸脱してしまうので、事故の起きる確率が高くなるのです。"

 

中国信息通信研究院(CAICT)のデータによると、

中国は2015年末までに総額2,600億米ドルもの金額をスマートシティに投資してきた。

スマートシティのプランナーは安全、公共エネルギー、住民への影響に気を配っている。

GSiL の狙いは、スマートシティを推進している中国の小規模自治体に安全ソリューションを提供することだ。

 

同社はそのほか、事故発生後の調査作業の重要性も認識している。

 

Lee 氏はこう話している。

 

"事故発生時、救急隊員はその事故の場所が化学工場なのかどうか、

建設現場の場合なら作業員は300人なのか20人なのかを知る必要があります。

当社では救急隊用のアシスタンスガイドラインを設けましたので、

事故の規模に応じた救急体制を敷くことができるようになるのです。"

 

主な競合は安全性を専門とするノルウェー拠点のコンサルティング企業 DNVGL だ。

GSiL はまだ国外顧客を獲得していないが、鉄道関係企業や消防署とは提携できる可能性があるとコメントしている。

GSiL はこれまでに4億ウォン(34万米ドル)のシード資金を BigBang Angels から調達した。

 

GSiL は韓国・未来創造科学部傘下の K-ICT Born2Global Center の支援を受けている。

 

 

 

【via Technode】 @technodechina

 

【原文】

 

http://thebridge.jp/2016/11/ai-company-wants-prevent-accidents-construction-sites

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