- Providing immediate help in emergencies
In the event of falls, loss of consciousness, and electric shocks, the ANGEL systems can reliably detect medical emergencies and make an emergency call to enable that help arrives quickly. The last known GPS location and accident data are passed onto emergency personnel. They could be in-house first-aiders or an external emergency call center.
- The perfect companion for carrying out dangerous work alone
Even when working alone is permitted, it’s probably a good idea for someone else to be there. The ANGEL system identifies emergencies and calls for help. In the event of an incident, ANGEL provides help and therefore increases the safety of those who work alone.
- Increasing occupational safety awareness through statistics
Every emergency is detected. You receive regular reports and evaluations from your team, enabling you to analyze and rectify the causes of small accidents to avoid serious ones. This process ensures that your employees become more aware of their safety in their everyday working environment – reducing possible downtimes. You learn what is “normal” in your sector and what is not. You can learn from others, and others can learn from you.
- Saving lives by switching off electrical sources
In the event of an electric shock, every millisecond counts to avoid permanent or life-threatening injuries. The ANGEL Watchdog (expected to be available from 2023) can be installed to increase safety in a wide variety of situations, in which it disconnects the electric circuit within milliseconds in the event of an electric shock (in combination with an ANGEL Shirt system). The quicker the current flow is disconnected, the less severe the injuries and the lower the risk of ventricular fibrillation or blood poisoning.
ANGEL – when smart electronics and comfortable textiles merge. ANGEL is the intelligent workwear for emergencies in the electrical sector. The electronics recognize an electrical accident or a fall via integrated electrodes and can automatically activate the individual rescue chain. In addition, the manual alarm can be started for further emergency situations. When working with an increased risk, the task timer can be activated to ensure rapid assistance.
The fab four offer many advantages
The four components include a clever Shirt Genius together with a smart textile shirt and an intuitive app on your smartphone.
The Shirt Genius is the brains of the system. It clicks into the cradle (the holder) on the shirt and communicates with the user using optical and acoustic signals. The Shirt Genius detects the voltage drop on the body, monitors the movements of the user for detecting motionlessness and fall accidents, and notifies the emergency call center using the smartphone app which is connected via Bluetooth® technology. (see below left).
- Powerful processor for detecting emergencies
- Battery life of 1 day
- Light and compact
- Blends in perfectly with the shirt
- Powerful magnets provide a secure grip on the upper arm
The shirt cradle is a sleek holder for the Shirt Genius. Its curved shape allows it to fit perfectly around the upper arm. You can barely even notice the electronics protecting you.
The conductive textile cable connects the sensors on the upper arms to the Shirt Genius. The voltage between the upper arms is measured using electrodes, from which the current level is deduced. The silicone electrodes detect a voltage drop. Elastane in the cuffs provides close skin contact. A perfect fit is essential because only then the ANGEL Shirt system can provide reliable protection.
Uniform appearance is guaranteed: the shirt is available with your company-specific branding.
The smart textile shirt is made of eco-cotton, kind to the skin, durable, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear thanks to its generous cut. Attractive stitching gives the shirt a sporty look.
Facts regarding electrical accidents
What happens when current flows through the body? Why are electrical accidents so dangerous if they are not treated medically?
Source: Quarks, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne 2020
Several thousand companies incorporate the Austrian electrical industry – this corresponds to approximately 50,000 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 18 billion.
Source: Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Electricial and Electronical Industry Report 2018
In 2018, 254 electrical accidents happened, of which two were fatal. The most common causes of accidents were defects in the electrical system and carelessness. About a third of the casualties were electrically qualified persons.
Source: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Electrical Accident Report 2018
The average cost of an electrical accident is around 45,000 EUR. The casualties are off work for at least 10 days on average.
Source: Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board
524 electrical accidents happened in Switzerland in 2018, 98% of which were in low voltage applications. Safety rules were disregarded in half of the accidents.
Source: Swiss Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations ESTI, Annual Report 2018 Electric Accidents
In addition to the monetary consequences of being unable to work, work processes have to be reorganized, accident analyzes need to be drawn up, retraining courses carried out, and colleagues looked after.
68% of all workers would use smart wearables for their daily work if they can take advantage of their work safety and if personal data is protected. These solutions are, therefore, an essential component for industry 4.0.
Source: AT Kearney & WearHealth, Why wearables are an important piece of the puzzle for Industry 4.0, 2019
How does the emergency call chain work?
Users are often unable to respond appropriately or unaided in an emergency situation. Thanks to its sophisticated and automatic emergency chain, ANGEL ensures help is on hand quickly.
The user stores her/his personal data and the data of her/his emergency contacts in the ANGEL portal during registration. In the event of an emergency, such as automatic accident detection, a manual alarm, or an expired task timer, the personal rescue chain is activated. The emergency contacts are informed via SMS and an automatic voice call and can thus ensure rapid assistance. The location of the person involved in the accident is sent via SMS.