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Reference Number NIA_NGN_250
Title Health and Safety Monitor – Phase Two
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 December 2019
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £298,836
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_250
Objectives This project is the second phase of a two-phase project. The first phase, conducted in 2017-2018 was considered a success, proving the technology viability up to TRL 6. Built on learning from an already developed Thermal alarm (Thermalarm), used by the fire service to manage heat exposure to individual fire fighters, the project delivered a working prototype, capable of accurately identifying individual exposure to Noise and HAVs. This was packaged in the form of a PPE watch, containing several sensors. Phase two of the project will refine the prototype functionality of the PPE watch, develop the necessary reporting and alert systems; and the required supporting infrastructure, before undertaking a testing regime. Therefore, ensuring the health and safety monitor can withstand the requirements of the operational environment.The project will be delivered in three stages:Stage 1 – Define the final device, portal and service expectations/specification.Stage 2 - Refine the Hardware, Software and Service Development of 2nd generation beta system and integrate with NGN data-stream.Stage 3 – Perform testing and assurance activities in a live operational environment. The project will deliver updated functionality, second generation hardware and a secure infrastructure with “web” reporting to deliver a beta pre-production service. The wearable sensor will support HAVS and SPL measurement. For the wearer, the system is real-time, providing warnings and alerts live “on the wrist. Once synchronised with the central repository, analysed data is viewable in graphical/table form over a secure “web” front-end. • Develop 20 fully operational Active PPE devices, capable of effectively automating the collection and processing of noise & vibration exposure data.• Produce a web-based portal which uses the automated data collection to provide reports of under/over exposure and trends, complete with proactive alerts to nominated Northern Gas Networks Colleagues.• Provide a level of technical confidence that the Active PPE Device will be fully integrated with Northern Gas Networks infrastructure through UAT and identified assurance activities.
Abstract There are no current automated systems for monitoring and recording an individuals exposure to long-term health risks throughout the working day. Exposure to vibration and noise can all result in long-term ill-health and incapacitation as well as compensation claims for the employer. This project proposes to implement 20 operational Active PPE monitors with complete system integration to achieve affective monitoring for vibration and noise exposure. 
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