Location-based wearable technology

Zonetap creates safer worksites with highly accurate, location-based wearable technology that protects workers from dangerous situations. The company manufactures electronic signaling devices that are embedded in helmets, vests and belts to send alerts to on-the-ground workers based on their proximity to heavy machinery or zoned–off areas of job sites. The technology is built around an API and server backend that collects the location of multiple connected devices and provides aggregate location data to any application using their API.

The Challenge

Zonetap’s system originally used smartphones to deliver their worker safety product, but they proved too inaccurate and unreliable. iOS and Android were throttling the applications in the background due to increasingly strict background hardware usage policies to improve the phones’ battery life. 906 Technologies was charged with finding a simpler, more dependable solution.

Part 1: Sensors & Wearables

First we created two separate sensors. One is placed in the cab of every on-site vehicle to track second–by–second movement. The second sensor, known as 2ND-SKN, is worn by employees to alert them when they’re in the path of trucks or heavy machinery. 

The sensor can also alert supervisors if a worker is not moving, has fallen, is too close to equipment, and more. Compared to the GPS/GNSS solutions, which were only accurate up to 3 meters, our sensors are accurate within 1.4 centimeters and work both indoors and outdoors, in rain or shine

Part 2: Customer Software

Next 906 customized the software to allow users to program settings based on their particular industry. With this advanced software feature, Zonetap could now view workers in real time through a private website portal and identify and protect both human and capital assets.

Digital Advertising

Motion Graphics and Animation Production

In order to gain interest from investors, Zonetap needed a promotional video to present to potential clients. They came to us requesting an explainer video that showed the importance of the software, hardware and the benefits that it can provide to businesses and safety of their workforce. We dove into the project head first, using Adobe After Effects to create a 4 min 30 sec video that covers one of the many uses that their product can provide. 

Current Status

Multiple companies are now conducting field studies to explore the capabilities of this system for improving safety and accountability on industrial job sites. We are currently designing a market–ready device and preparing to manufacturing it at scale for Zonetap’s clients.