Birmingham construction group Colmore Tang and Worcestershire technology firm Wearable Link have joined forces to improve health and safety on construction sites.

Colmore Tang began trialling the wearable tech in December, which monitors construction site workers, providing information on their location, activities, vital statistics and notifies staff of any unsafe conditions and working zones.

Wearable Link beat over 200 other applicants as part of a £10m technology accelerator programme launched in early 2018 by Colmore Tang and Virgin Startup. The construction company were on the lookout for startup technology that they could utilise to improve the construction industry as a whole.

Wearable Link were chosen for the ‘ConstrucTech’ programme, which is hoped will help solve current problems in the industry such as improving analysis of construction workers, using data to pre-empt potential days, and improving sustainability and safety.

After completing an initial testing phase, Wearable Link’s technology is now ready to be used on one of Colmore Tang’s live construction sites.

Andy Robinson, CEO of Colmore Tang group, spoke about how excited he is about what this new technology could mean for the industry:

“Working with this innovative start-up business is the next stage of the ConstrucTech process and we’re really looking forward to seeing how their technology can help to resolve health and safety issues that are addressed every day by construction companies all over the world.

“The purpose of ConstrucTech was to positively disrupt the sector and pave the way for a technology-driven future in construction. We will be working very closely with our chosen finalist to test, re-test and refine the product to make it the very best it can be.”

Sir Tom Shebbeare, chairman of Virgin StartUp, added: “ConstrucTech has opened up exciting new opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses around the world; it’s given them the opportunity to showcase their technologies and benefit from the support of a leading contractor in the field and a £10m innovation fund.

“It was encouraging to see so many applications and we are already excited about what is to come at pitch day.

“This programme marks the beginning of an important, long-awaited change in the construction industry.”

We’re looking forward to seeing what else this year will bring for the tech industry, and what other partnerships will be forged!

Simon Jenner

Simon Jenner

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