Strata adds AI capabilities for safety and proximity detection

US industrial communication and safety products firm Strata Products Worldwide has acquired the assets and intellectual property rights to Bright Path AI (BPAI) and its innovative artificial intelligence (AI) cameras developed by Boral Limited and Firetail.
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At the core of the BPAI system are two camera technologies: a fixed vision camera system that monitors people on foot in restricted zones, and a mobile digital vision sensor - currently in development - which is mounted on equipment to alert operators to pending collisions with personnel or other objects.

The technology is designed to provide an extra set of eyes to avoid mistakes while at the same time allowing organizations to monitor, benchmark, and report overall performance to achieve data driven improvements. 

Strata said the acquisition of the BPAI technology and software platform will allow operators from several industrial sectors to improve workplace safety and reporting. 

"BPAI was initially developed for the construction industry in Australia but when we reviewed it, we realized that this was easily adaptable to any industrial setting," said Mike Berube, President and CEO of Strata Worldwide. "We're excited to announce this because we see the potential for these technologies to improve safety and operational efficiency in many industrial workplaces across the globe. These state-of-the-art technologies are ideal additions to our product portfolio."  

As the largest integrated construction materials company in Australia, the size of Boral's portfolio allowed the technology to be extensively field tested in a range of conditions. "Our innovative team and tech partners have worked hard to make this technology a reality as part of our broader commitment to zero harm," said Martin Guenzl, BPAI Manager at Boral. "We're proud of what we've developed and will remain a customer of BPAI. We believe Strata is best placed to take this innovative technology into its next phase and beyond." 

Berube notes that Strata Worldwide will continue supporting and developing the technology for the construction industry. "We intend to offer existing BPAI customers the same level of service and support enjoyed by our current valued customers," Berube said. "With the ongoing input of our partners, our vision is to develop the technology and expand it globally, diversifying into our primary industries of mining, tunneling, and maritime."