KENZEN SETS NEW STANDARD FOR WORKER PRIVACY IN DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY

KENZEN SETS NEW STANDARD FOR WORKER PRIVACY IN DATA COLLECTION INDUSTRY

New Physiological Monitoring Technology and Privacy Policy Designed to Safeguard Workers’ Rights While Bringing Valuable Insights to Employers

October 27, 2020 (NEW YORK) – As companies around the world rapidly adopt wearable industrial devices to improve worker safety and business productivity, the protection of personal information being collected is an ongoing concern. Kenzen, the smart personal protective equipment innovator or industrial internet of things innovator)  that recently launched a physiological monitoring system to keep workers safe from heat, overexertion, and illness, has debuted a new privacy policy for its system that is precedent-setting in the data collection industry. The policy details the type of information collected from a worker, how a worker can opt out of the system, how long the data is available, and who owns it. The privacy policy is accessible on the Kenzen website and is easy to understand, to ensure all workers can learn about the system and know their rights when Kenzen is deployed at their worksite.

The Kenzen system collects 1.3 million data points per worker per day. The information is used to protect the workers from injury on the job while helping to optimize total worker health. Three distinct views of the data are available at different levels within a company, one for the worker, one for the safety supervisor, and one for corporate EHS. Kenzen’s proprietary algorithms filter data at each level to keep the most private information available only to the worker. When the information indicates a need for an intervention to prevent the worker from overheating, an alert and suggested next steps are sent to the supervisor. At the corporate level, health and safety teams receive anonymized trend information derived from the original data, which they use to make decisions to improve safety at the worksite.

The technology and the privacy policy were built from the ground up with the worker as the primary focus, according to Heidi Lehmann, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Kenzen. The company collaborated closely with Working Capital Venture Fund, which invests in scalable innovation that meets the growing demand for more transparent and ethical supply chains which protect workers.  Working Capital, a Kenzen investor, is headquartered in San Francisco, the epicenter of Internet of Things technology, with offices in Washington D.C., where the firm advocates for workers’ rights.

“The definition of worker safety now includes protection of personal information,” said Lehmann. “From the beginning, we’ve engineered worker privacy into our technology and now have created a standard-setting companion privacy policy. Until now, companies had to weigh the benefits of saving lives and gaining productivity against the risk of exposing workers’ personal data in the process. As the business case for personal monitoring gets stronger, worker privacy safeguards must also get stronger.”

“Kenzen is at its core committed to protecting workers, and this includes respecting their privacy,” said Paarul Dudeja, managing partner at Working Capital Innovation Fund. “As smart personal protective equipment become essential, other innovators should study Kenzen’s approach to differentiating access to personal information such that it allows the technology to fulfill its promise without compromising the right to privacy.”

“This is a model for all smart PPE companies,” said Kelly DeMarchis Bastide, partner at Venable law firm, which collaborated with Kenzen on the policy and is known for its work in data privacy.

About Kenzen

Founded in 2016, Kenzen is the premier physiological monitoring platform to keep industrial workforces safe from heat, over exertion and illness on the job. For more information about heat stress and how to integrate the system into a safety plan, visit Kenzen.com.

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KENZEN Accepted to Leonard Catalyst Accelerator

KENZEN Accepted to Leonard Catalyst Accelerator

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After announcing the six laureates of its SEED startup program last week, Leonard is unveiling today the 11 companies joining the CATALYST program, designed to foster and accelerate partnerships between VINCI and startups and scale–ups in their commercial development phase.

This program aims to foster the creation of common projects between innovative companies and the VINCI Group around innovations related to its business activities. The 11 startups selected to join the programme will benefit from:

  • a special contact in the Leonard team to interact with VINCI entities, from first contact to signature of a contract,
  • special access to VINCI decision-makers,
  • being integrated to the Leonard event cycle
  • for international startups, better conditions of access to French and European markets.

In order to select these 11 companies, Leonard worked hand in hand with its investor, institutional and academic partners in France and abroad, in particular in Spain, Germany, the UK and the USA throughout 2019.

MOBILITY

Waycare (USA) enables road infrastructure operators to capitalize on the enormous amount of data coming from various sources such as navigation applications, connected and autonomous vehicles or meteorological predictions to improve traffic safety and proactively manage the infrastructure. The Waycare Platform includes a suite of cloud-based products supporting a variety of applications. With web and mobile interfaces, users can find, report, and respond to incidents quickly.

CONSTRUCTION

AOS (France) digitizes and optimizes the call for tender process in the AEC industry. The software simplifies the request, monitoring and analysis of bids and allows technical teams to focus on their core business.

Combo Solutions (France) has developed Vizcab, an automated Life Cycle Assessment service that allows construction and real estate players to master the energy + carbon ambitions of their projects and fully succeed in the turn to the French RE2020 regulation.

Converge (UK) combines artificial intelligence and physical sensors to digitize construction. Its first product, Concrete DNA is a digital tool following the curing of concrete and relying on sensors directly attached to the steel rebar cages to wirelessly transmit information such as temperature, humidity or compressive strength.

Hiboo (France) is a SaaS application that helps construction companies to optimize their field’s operations. Hiboo centralizes the data collected from all connected equipment on a single end point and turns them into actionable insights.

Holobuilder (USA) is a San Francisco-based construction technology company that designs, develops, and sells enterprise SaaS software. HoloBuilder offers enterprise-ready reality capturing solutions for progress analysis and project management. By combining 360° imagery data with machine learning, HoloBuilder provides a fast and insightful solution to document construction projects.

REAL ESTATE

Spacemaker (Norway) – Spacemaker is on a mission to help build better and more sustainable cities. With its game-changing AI technology, Spacemaker empowers development teams to maximize the potential of a building site through rapid generation, analysis and evaluation of the optimal design based on physical data, regulations and preferences.

WORKER SAFETY

Kenzen (USA) is a biometric enterprise platform relying on a wearable smart patch to prevent heat related fatigue, and over exertion within industrial and construction workforces.  Kenzen is currently works with large industrial conglomerates across the globe in domains such as renewable energy, oil and gas and construction.

Smartvid.io (USA) gives construction teams the ability to predict and prevent safety incidents – saving lives and timely project delivery. Unlike checklists and manual review processes, Smartvid.io’s Safety Suite uses risk-weighted observations with analytics by its AI engine “Vinnie” to better predict risk and reduce incident rates by 30% or more.

ROBOTICS

CivDrone (Israel) develops fast, smart, and reliable marking solutions on unmanned vehicles. CivDrone’s autonomous layout is 4x faster than traditional surveying. Each stake includes clear construction instructions for the builders. Digitizing and automating the marking process shortens the time of construction and reduces the amount of reworks while lowering its costs.

INFRASTRUCTURES

DIREXYON (Canada) is a highly scalable financial modelling platform that defines the most feasible and financially profitable investment options to reduce the OPEX/CAPEX required by the desired service levels of assets and infrastructures, all in a secure and user-friendly environment, without programming code nor reliance on IT experts.