How UAE construction workers could be helped by data science

When the UAE first restricted working hours on construction sites in the summer of 2007, the number of accidents halved. But the industry could soon have another weapon to help labourers – technology.British data science consultancy, Profusion, which opened a UAE branch six months ago, sees a big future here for technologies that can do things such as track people’s activity levels and log employees’ or customers’ movements.“In construction, obviously you have large volumes of workforce all over the site – so you could be tracking them to make sure things are running efficiently,” says Julia Boullemier, the regional director of Profusion, which interprets data.“And if that was linked to some wearable technology as well, you could track people’s heartbeats and we could also, particularly in construction in the UAE,…

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