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Rail industry looks for wearable tech innovations

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Amey and Network Rail are supporting a competition led by Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, to find ingenious wearable digital technology which could be adapted and rolled out onto the rail network.

The winner will receive £35,000 to develop the technology ahead of a possible trial in 2016 on the Great Western Electrification Programme.

The competition is looking for products such as PPE that can monitor the levels of toxic gas and dust, safety glasses that alert workers to the hazards around them or hard hats that measure a worker’s fatigue levels.

Organisers hope the winning solution could not only improve safety performance in the rail industry but have applications to the construction industry as a whole.

Entries must be received by noon on 10 March 2015. More information can be found at: bit.ly/wearablescontest

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