When Real-Time Data Saves Lives

12 Nov 13

Large mining and construction sites in Western Australia are taking incident logs and other reports generated on sites and analyzing them to provide early warnings of risky behavior or potential mishaps that may lead to injury.

As if that is not an impressive enough business case for technology by itself, Safe Work Australia statistics show occupational illness and injuries cost the country $60.6 billion in 2008-09.

Reading about this project in the Brisbane Times, it seems that the new critical capability is a capacity to capture and manipulate live data, such as incoming reports of potential hazards like new potholes in roads or workers not wearing appropriate safety gear.

These reports are then analyzed to plot the data in real time on an interactive risk map, which is used to predict when and how an individual is most likely to be injured, so that an alert can be generated.

The key to preventing accidents is having the right information at the right time. And part of the problem in the utilities industries until now is that data always arrived at the wrong time. They were always responding to last month’s data.

I love this story for all the right human-interest reasons, of course. But it does also illustrate the importance of receiving business data in real-time.

Whether you’re in the utilities industry, construction or financial services, some data is mission critical. So, it’s important to make sure that you have that precise insight into your own organizational data and can access, move and use it in a highly dynamic timeframe.

Yesterday’s data is often just way too late to be of any value. In some industries, data from three seconds ago is completely redundant. And, if Australian construction and mining companies are working in real-time, you can bet your competitors in sectors such as e-gaming, financial services, media, broadcast and telecommunications are dealing in live data.



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