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AI safety system for machinery wins King’s Award for Enterprise

A safety system for plant said by the company to be the market’s ‘most advanced AI human form recognition device’ has won technology solutions specialist, Safety Shield Global, the King’s Award for Enterprise.

The Cheshire-based business’s system was designed to cut the risk of serious injury on busy construction sites and places of work where heavy plant are operational. Providing ‘a world-class level of protection for contractors in the most demanding of safety-focused environments’, Safety Shield gives operators a full 360-degree ‘window’ to ensure workforce safety. Using AI to identify people in the danger zone, the system is trained to filter out all other objects, and only detects the human form, acting as a ‘third eye’ for the operator and sounding an alert if a collision is imminent.

Safety Shield says the UK-manufactured system can be retrofitted to any type of plant or machinery, and has achieved AI accuracy at 99.6% via independent test bodies in the UK and Germany. Safety Shield Global founder and CEO, Jonathan Guest (pictured), said: “I am deeply honoured and humbled that Safety Shield Global has been awarded with The King’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. This award represents recognition of the resolution, vigour, and dedication of our team. I am infinitely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the dedication of achieving our mission of helping eliminate collisions associated with people and plant interface, and helping change behaviour on site.

“Artificial intelligence is booming across all industries, and we are proud to be at the forefront. We were the first to bring human detection technology for collision avoidance to the construction industry, and our product is still the most accurate and advanced. We will continue to push the boundaries of possibilities as we strive to enact behavioural change for onsite safety.”

The King’s Award for Enterprise was renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, allows successful businesses to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

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