Strata Worldwide confirmed it is adding to its safety and technology presence with an acquisition of the assets and intellectual property rights for Australian company Bright Path AI (BPAI) and its artificial intelligence cameras developed by Boral Limited and Firetail.
The acquisition, it said, will allow it to “provide customers with powerful systems that allow operators from several industrial sectors to improve workplace safety and reporting” at sites.
At the core of the BPAI system are two camera technologies: a fixed-vision camera system that monitors people on foot in restricted zones, and a mobile digital vision sensor currently in development which is mounted on equipment to alert operators to pending collisions with personnel or other objects.
The technology is designed to provide an extra set of eyes to avoid mistakes while at the same time allowing organizations to monitor, benchmark and report overall performance to achieve data-driven improvements.
“BPAI was initially developed for the construction industry in Australia but when we reviewed it, we realized that this was easily adaptable to any industrial setting,” said president and CEO Mike Berube.
As the largest integrated construction materials company in Australia, the size of Boral’s portfolio allowed the technology to be extensively field tested in a range of conditions.
“Our innovative team and tech partners have worked hard to make this technology a reality as part of our broader commitment to zero harm,” said Martin Guenzl, BPAI manager at Boral.
“We’re proud of what we’ve developed and will remain a customer of BPAI. We believe Strata is best placed to take this innovative technology into its next phase and beyond.”
Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.