June 14, 2018
Connected Workers: Driving Safety, Productivity, and Innovation
By: Doug Thomas

Internet-enabled devices, or the internet of things (IoT), are fueling a fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0. This revolution is characterized by firms across multiple industries creating an interconnected platform and connecting industrial workers with each other as well as industrial equipment, information systems, and decision-makers.

Firms that effectively connect workers to this interconnected platform will see numerous benefits, including increased worker productivity, enhanced worker safety, more consistent and reliable products, improved service quality, and better opportunities to create new business models.

To realize these benefits, firms must understand the underlying technologies and how these technologies can reshape the activities of the industrial worker.

Your organization can gain a competitive advantage by leading in this next industrial revolution. Wearable technology will enable industrial workers to spend less time on non-value-added activities such as locating products or reading standard operating procedures, thus improving their productivity. This technology can also facilitate and enhance on-the-job training and feedback, improving service quality and broadening the potential labor pool. Connecting equipment with internet-enabled sensors to the associated platform allows optimization of repair and maintenance activities, improving technician productivity and uptime and increasing life of valuable assets.

A variety of technologies have been designed to sense hazardous or dangerous environments and dramatically improve worker safety. These technologies will have a broad-ranging impact on nearly all industries, but delivering on these benefits is not without challenges.

Would your organization benefit from leveraging connected technologies to create an interconnected platform for workers, equipment, systems, and decision-makers? Through the Accenture Academy courses Impact of the Connected Worker in Manufacturing, Impact of the Connected Worker in Agriculture, Impact of the Connected Worker in Repair and Maintenance, and Impact of the Connected Worker in Transportation and Logistics, you will see how to deliver greater productivity, worker safety, and innovation in a technology-enabled industrial environment.

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