To prevent workplace accidents, construction companies are turning to Vinnie

The Boston Globe 10/10/2019

At hundreds of construction sites, a safety inspector named Vinnie is watching the workers, keeping tabs on those who show up without work gloves or use the wrong kind of ladder. Vinnie doesn’t miss much.

That’s because Vinnie is software — an all-seeing artificial intelligence system developed by a Cambridge startup, Smartvid.io. Chief executive Josh Kanner named the program after a man he knows, a New Jersey construction superintendent with a photographic memory. He sounds a lot like the digital Vinnie, which analyzes photographs at construction sites to spot hazardous conditions. And according to research conducted with the help of Boston’s Suffolk Construction — an investor in Smartvid.io — Vinnie can predict workplace accidents before they happen.

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Data transformation starts at the C-level

Construction Dive, 9/25/2019

Effectively aligning operations and talent with advances in technology is one of the most prominent challenges businesses face today. Big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other emerging technologies that collectively form “digital convergence” are on the agendas of CEOs and board directors in every industry.

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The future of AI & machine learning according to Suffolk data pioneer

Oracle Construction & Engineering Blog, 9/23/19

Jit Kee Chin discusses why emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence will play a key role at construction sites, including Suffolk's collaboration with Smartvid.io, a construction-specific AI company.

How can organizations foster a culture of innovation?

Different types of organizations foster innovation differently. At Suffolk, our people are generally entrepreneurial, so the challenge is primarily how to channel this innovative mindset and energy.

Disciplined Process

We follow a disciplined innovation process at Suffolk. We collect and monitor ideas in a classic pipeline model and use a stage gate process to review ideas, pilot solutions, and finally, determine whether we should scale enterprise-wide.

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Artificial Intelligence on construction sites isn’t taking jobs — it’s saving lives

Constructible, 7/18/19

It’s no secret that working on a construction site is among the most dangerous jobs out there. Even with advanced protective gear, significant regulation in place, and the best of intentions by all involved, the construction industry routinely records five times as many fatal accidents as any other industry in the U.S.

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Smartvid.io to sponsor Groundbreak 2019

Groundbreak Construction Conference October 8-10, Phoenix, AZ

Smartvid.io is a silver sponsor at this year's Groundbreak Conference on October 8-10 in Phoenix, AZ. Join us in booth #415 to see how you can use the photo and video data you already have in Procore to reduce jobsite safety risk and even start predicting safety incidents.

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Algorithms and artificial intelligence can make construction more efficient

Risk & Insurance, 8/20/2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive risk management will be high on the agenda when the International Risk Management Institute holds its 39th Construction Risk Conference November 10–13, 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. In particular one session will specifically address AI, predictive analytics, and the transparent job site.

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Smartvid.io to sponsor the Industrial Grade Innovation Conference & Expo

Industrial Grade Innovation Conference & Expo, September 10-12, Cincinnati, OH

Smartvid.io is a sponsor at the Industrial Grade Innovation Conference & Expo on September 10-12 in Cincinnati, OH.  We’d love to see you at our booth where we can demonstrate how, using the data you have in your construction management system, we significantly reduce jobsite risk with human and artificial intelligence.

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Smartvid.io to sponsor Builtworlds Smart Jobsite Conference

Builtworlds Smart Jobsite Conference, September 11-12, Los Angeles, CA

Smartvid.io is a gold sponsor at the Builtworlds Smart Jobsite Conference on September 11-12 in Los Angeles, CA. Stop by our booth to learn how to use the data you already have in construction management systems like Procore and Autodesk BIM 360 to create an automated safety risk assessment report that delivers cross project benchmarking and identifies leading risk indicators using Vinnie, our AI engine. Also, be sure to check out the "Sites and Progress Monitoring" panel on 9/11 at 2:50 PM. Josh Kanner (Founder/CEO of Smartvid.io) will be on the panel to discuss how technology can change the way we process and leverage critical data collected on the jobsite.

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10 Types of Construction Technology That Will Shape the Industry in 2019

GroundBreak Carolinas, 7/24/2019

Construction technology is an increasingly important aspect of the future of construction. With the skilled labor shortage, stagnant productivity, and safety issues that plague the industry, it’s hard to stay ahead of these issues. Construction companies, universities, and technology companies are working hard to find solutions to these problems.

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How can new technologies make construction safer?

The Architect's Newspaper, 7/3/2019

Construction remains one of the most dangerous careers in the United States. To stop accidents before they happen, construction companies are turning to emerging technologies to improve workplace safety—from virtual reality, drone photography, IoT-connected tools, and machine learning. That said, some solutions come with the looming specter of workplace surveillance in the name of safety, with all of the Black Mirror-esque possibilities.

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