Wearables Survey Insight: Data Privacy Concerns At The Forefront Of Firms’ Minds When Considering Industrial Wearable Devices
Verdantix recently released the inaugural edition of its global Industrial Wearables Survey of 102 EHS decision-makers across 13 industries and 23 countries. In Verdantix’s 2018 EHS Global Survey, 60% of the 411 respondents reported that they perceive innovation as a high priority for the EHS function and a further 23% believe that it is essential. EHS decision-makers are recognizing the potential benefits of utilizing edge technologies to enhance the EHS function. One of the technologies that has been growing in visibility and implementation is industrial wearables for worker health and safety.
This first-of-its-kind survey provides insights into the appetites, priorities and budgets for industrial wearables among 102 EHS decision-makers. Wearable devices come in all shapes and sizes and can provide a range of use cases such as hazardous environment monitoring, safe driving, vital sign monitoring, ergonomics and location tracking. The survey results illustrate respondents’ growing interest and desire to adopt wearable technologies for a variety of use cases.
One interesting aspect of the survey results was the insight into the current barriers to corporate implementation of wearable devices. Many respondents stated that data privacy has been a major concern and pain point in their efforts to deploy health and safety wearables. When asked how significant data privacy concerns will be in challenging successful implementation, 30% of respondents stated that these concerns are very significant and another 35% said that these concerns are significant (see the infographic below). Data privacy has become a hot topic for government regulations and among industries. In the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May 2018 to modernize laws to protect the personal information of individuals and hold firms accountable for individual data that they collect. Additionally, in June 2018, California enacted its California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). With this ever-growing focus on how data is held, firms must have a clear understanding of how they will manage, protect and store data from wearables before they can deploy these devices for EHS applications.
To learn more about wearable device momentum, appetites and barriers, please see the recent Verdantix report Industrial Wearables Survey 2019: Budgets, Priorities & Tech Preferences and register for our upcoming webinar.
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