ENEL and Dainese’s D-AIR LAB have developed a smart safety jacket to protect workers at risk of accidents resulting from an impact or fall while working at a height.
The jacket is based on D-air’s protective airbag technology, designed and commercialized by Dainese for the worlds of motorcycling and skiing.
Developed in collaboration with occupational health professors and doctors at Bologna’s Università Alma Mater Studiorum and Policlinico di Sant’Orsola-Malpighi, the prototype – which was created in response to data and basic requirements set out by ENEL – is currently in the testing phase at company power stations, where its ergonomics and functionality can be verified in real-life situations.
According to the engineers involved in this project, once refined, the jacket will find application not only in the utilities arena, but in many other industrial fields too.
“Improving safety in dynamic sports has always been the Dainese mission,” states Dainese Group CEO Cristiano Silei. “Inspired by the potential of the human race, we study people’s protective needs in the most extreme conditions: riding a motorbike on a track at 350 km/h, downhill skiing at 150 km/h, sailing a regatta at 50 knots, reaching zero gravity in Space. Dainese is committed to ongoing research into innovative systems that serve to continually redefine protective standards from head to toe.”
“The Dainese D-air platform constitutes the maximum expression of this philosophy, while the application of airbag technology in environments outside of sports represents another milestone and the natural evolution in the process of disseminating those technologies applied to safety.”
The Safety Jacket is composed of two elements: the electronic part, which recognises fall conditions and sends an activation signal, and the pneumatic part, which protects the worker against impact by inflating special airbags around the body.
The safety jacket’s electronic system is equipped with three accelerometers and three gyroscopes, which sends a continuous stream of data to be analysed by the device’s electronics through a sophisticated algorithm.
According to the collaborators, it is able to identify fall conditions and activate inflation in a matter of milliseconds, significantly reducing the probability of physical injury following impact.
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