Each year, thousands of employees suffer electrical contact injuries, with millions exposed to this danger on a daily basis. These incidences cost millions in insurance payout with even more lost to operations. Currently, there are no ambient, connected, always-on devices used to detect electricity. Workers rely on processes to de-energize and follow lockout procedures.
But the new Proxxi device provides that fail-safe backup to virtually eliminate the risk. Proxxi, developed in Vancouver, is a wearable voltage sensor that detects energized equipment and notifies the user of danger. By analyzing a user’s proximity to an energized device, Proxxi notifies the user via multi-sensory alerts when the warning zone surrounding the device has been crossed and again when the limits of approach have been breached. This data is captured by a mobile app and made available to the rest of the organization in their dashboard.
“Proxxi is always-on and always aware. It’s like an extra set of eyes to warn workers when they are at risk,” said Proxxi CEO Campbell Macdonald. “It can radically reduce risk of electrical contact injuries and electrocution.”
Designed for industrial workers at risk of electrical contact injury, Proxxi provides companies peace of mind and visibility through connected monitoring and insights into employee safety.
The dashboard issues reports that provide insight on safety procedures and training as well as long-term summaries that allow supervisors to see trends and spot outliers. It also provides filtering options to drill down for further inquiry and insights. The data can be organized by worker, team, location and date.
Proxxi is a single solution that works in any voltage environment from 480V to 250kV. With the Proxxi mobile app, users can move from low voltage settings to high voltage settings in seconds. Proxxi is also a great solution for low voltage and unqualified workers. This includes manufacturing, mining, construction and first responders. Users can tailor the settings to the voltage and distance needed for each use case.
This writeup originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of COS.