Guardhat Communicator smart hardhat revolutionizes the safety of industrial workers by connecting users with remote command centers
IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 — Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of Software as a Service (SaaS), engineering services and intelligent hardware for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Remote Environment Management (REM), today announced that its IoT wireless connectivity and power management technologies have been integrated into the Guardhat Communicator smart hardhat. The smart communicating hardhat connects workers with a remote command center via sensors, camera and microphones to help improve worker safety.
“To revolutionize the safety of industrial workers, the innovative founders of Guardhat re-envisioned the hardhat into a wearable device at the edge of an end-to-end industrial safety system,” said Jonathan Shipman, VP of Strategy for Lantronix. “Lantronix’s advanced technologies and engineering services helped bring the smart hardhat design to life as a real-world solution.”
“Using sensors, Guardhat identifies and shares information about the worker’s location with the home base. Comprehensive communications options allow for voice and video calls. A single button enables the user to call for help,” said Anupam Sengupta, CTO and co-founder of Guardhat Inc.
Challenge: Deliver Globally Certified Connectivity
Safety first is the key goal in industrial operations and management. To help ensure the safety of industrial workers, the innovative creators of Guardhat re-envisioned the hardhat as a wearable device at the edge of an end-to-end industrial safety system.
To make the hardhat a communicating device, the Guardhat team turned to Lantronix and its Intelligent Edge Solutions team to tackle a big design challenge: add all the features and functions they wanted without making the hardhat too heavy or cumbersome for the workers to wear. The design incorporated sensors, a camera and microphone, tying them together with on-device processing power. The design specified wireless connectivity for remote communication plus the ability to ensure secure boot as well as wireless communications and updates.
Solution: Lantronix Open-Q 626 μSOM and Development Kit
The Guardhat designers chose the Lantronix Open-Q 626 µSOM, which is based on the APQ8053-Pro SoC (system on chip), to deliver the ideal balance of advanced processing capabilities and power efficiency. Guardhat engaged Lantronix to design the hardhat and achieve the required performance profile.
Far from a conventional wearable, the Guardhat Communicator takes advantage of roughly 300 pins that the carrier board routes out as interfaces to the SoC, creating a wearable IoT device that includes board support, camera, audio and wireless connectivity.
The Guardhat team also utilized Lantronix’s Open-Q™ 626 µSOM Development Kit, a cost-effective, feature-rich, camera-tuned, exposed board platform powered by the Open-Q 626 production-ready µSOM, based on the APQ8053Pro processor. It was used by the Guardhat team to jumpstart the design process and contain development costs.
Results: Guardhat Communicator Smart Hardhat Connects Remote Workers
The Guardhat Communicator smart hardhat monitors the workers’ environments, sending warnings and alerts in case of imminent danger, and applies wearable technology to overcome hazardous conditions. It enables remote communication with the user, including audio and video calls as well as the ability to push a single button for help. It also provides a real-time decision-making and data analytics platform that connects industrial workforces through situational awareness.
About Lantronix Open-Q 626 μSOM and Open-Q 626 µSOM Development Kit
The Lantronix Open-Q 626 production-ready µSOM (Micro System on Module) is based on the APQ8053Pro processor. Lantronix’s Open-Q 626 µSOM Development Kit is a cost-effective, feature-rich, camera-tuned, exposed board platform powered by the Open-Q 626 production-ready µSOM. It is ideal for evaluation of the Open-Q 626 µSOM as well as jump-starting development of connected camera devices or other high-performance embedded products.
Lantronix, Inc. is a global provider of software as a service (SaaS), engineering services and hardware for Edge Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Remote Environment Management (REM). Lantronix enables its customers to provide reliable and secure solutions while accelerating their time to market. Lantronix’s products and services dramatically simplify operations through the creation, development, deployment and management of customer projects at scale while providing quality, reliability and security.
Lantronix’s portfolio of services and products address each layer of the IoT Stack, including Collect, Connect, Compute, Control and Comprehend, enabling its customers to deploy successful IoT and REM solutions. Lantronix’s services and products deliver a holistic approach, addressing its customers’ needs by integrating a SaaS management platform with custom application development layered on top of external and embedded hardware, enabling intelligent edge computing, secure communications (wired, Wi-Fi and cellular), location and positional tracking and environmental sensing and reporting.
With three decades of proven experience in creating robust industry and customer-specific solutions, Lantronix is an innovator in enabling its customers to build new business models, leverage greater efficiencies and realize the possibilities of IoT and REM. Lantronix’s solutions are deployed inside millions of machines at data centers, offices and remote sites serving a wide range of industries, including energy, agriculture, medical, security, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail, financial, environmental, infrastructure and government.
Incorporated in California in 1989 and reincorporated in Delaware in 2000, Lantronix is headquartered in Irvine, California.
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