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Blackline Safety expands safety monitoring service to meet growing demand for worker protection

The company will also launch its first European in-house SOC in France this spring to better serve international customers.

May 2, 2022   by CM Staff

CALGARY and HOUSTON — In response to a reported growing demand for employee protection and a one-stop solution to keep workers safe on the job, Blackline Safety Corp., a creator of safety products and solutions for the manufacturing industry, has announced a major expansion of its round-the-clock safety monitoring service.

The expansion includes growing the Blackline Safety Operations Centre (SOC) – a monitoring service operated by a connected safety vendor, which operates 24-7, 365 days a year – by increasing the company’s specially-trained monitoring staff to meet rising user demand in North America. The company will also launch its first European in-house SOC in France this spring to better serve international customers.

“The more the world becomes a connected place, the more businesses are looking for a seamless, end-to-end consolidation of employee safety services,” said Sherrie Sawkey, Blackline Safety Director of Global Safety Operations, noting that the company expects to see a 100 per cent increase in the number of connected devices monitored due to the expansion.

With the market for lone worker protection in North America and Europe combined estimated to reach more than 260 million in 2022, Sawkey explained that the need for enhanced, consolidated monitoring services is on the rise.

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“Employers want to deal with one vendor for hardware, software and monitoring because it leaves less room for error when every second counts, and that’s where we have a distinct advantage,” she explained. “As a result, we’re looking to expand the number of our monitoring agents by up to 50 per cent.”

Blackline’s technology is cloud-based, featuring GPS-enabled safety sensors and devices that leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect workers to live monitoring. The platform reportedly includes high-performance emergency response and evacuation management capabilities as well as contract tracing. It connects employees with software that pinpoints their location, enables back-and-forth information sharing and collects vital data, making it possible to detect the exact location of a gas leak or determine how often workers are travelling through high-risk areas. The company’s wearables are offered in two robust models — one connected via a cellular network and another via satellite.


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