Tech Bundle

Workplace Safety and Health

The field of workplace safety and health is evolving. With new changes in workplaces, workforce demographics and employee expectations, new solutions are also needed to enhance occupational safety and health.

We have curated a collection of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) that can help mitigate potential organisational risks. By adopting a mix of reactive to proactive and pre-emptive measures, businesses can create a conducive work environment that optimises productivity and their employees’ well-being.

Non-Toxic Flame-Retardant Nanocoating for Various Polymeric Materials
Catastrophic residential fires and wildfires have a significant impact in terms of fatalities, injuries, loss of property, and air pollution. Flame retardants play important roles in fire protection by helping to prevent or slow the spread of fire. Currently, brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are the most abundantly used flame retardants. However, there are increasing concerns about their toxicity to humans and persistence in the environment.  To find an eco-friendly alternative to those toxic chemicals, the technology owner has developed a non-toxic flame-retardant nanocoating using bio-based and renewable raw materials such as chitosan and clay nanoplatelets. This water-based coating can potentially be applied to any flammable polymeric material, such as wood, foams and fabrics, providing effective fire protection for a wide range of applications. The technology is available for IP licencing and R&D collaboration with industry partners who are interested in adopting flame-retardant coatings in their products and applications.
Fast-Curing and Ready-to-Use Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP)
Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) is widely used for blast protection and structural reinforcement of concrete elements in buildings and infrastructure. However, conventional FRP solutions have limitations due to labour-intensive applications such as on-site preparation and resin mixing, inconsistent quality, long curing time, and low productivity. The technology is a glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) roll pre-saturated with a tacky resin system that can be easily applied to structural elements like “double-sided tape”. The resin-infused GFRP can fully cure in natural light within a few hours, strengthening the structure with only a marginal increase in wall thickness. A fire-retarding version of GFRP is also available. The GFRP solution is fast and efficient with minimal on-site tools and less dependent on workmanship skills. The technology is available for IP licensing and collaboration with industrial partners who are interested in adopting the fast-curing GFRP technology in their products and applications.
Passive Radiative Self-Cooling Paint
As the earth gets warmer, the cooling of living and working spaces requires more energy. Governments are enacting standards for eco-friendly buildings in response to increasing concerns about rising energy use and carbon emissions. A novel “self-cooling” solution can help buildings and automobiles to cool down without heavily relying on air conditioning, leading to greater energy savings. The technology offer is a high-performance passive radiative cooling paint (PRCP) using emerging nanomaterial technology. Different from conventional paint, this cooling paint combines high solar reflectivity with high thermal emissivity. Hence, the paint can reflect incoming solar radiation and emit thermal radiation simultaneously, achieving effective cooling even under direct sunlight.  The technology owner is interested in R&D collaboration and test-bedding with commercial and residential building owners, property developers and construction companies. The technology is also available for out-licensing to paint developers and manufacturers.
Wireless Data Transmission via Ultrasound in Metallic/Explosive Environment
The technology offer presents a wireless data transmission via ultrasound system. The technology transforms any speaker or sound system into a tool for detection, geolocation, authentication and wireless communication. The system allows wireless data transmission in constrained environments where radio waves (e.g., Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth) are not effective or not permitted, such as explosive, defense, electromagnetic-sensitive, metallic and high humidity environment.
Enhancing Construction Safety and Productivity with Video Analytics
Current methods of monitoring construction safety and productivity are tedious, costly and prone to human errors. Resulting in operations being non-compliant, dangerous and inefficient which leads to project delays, cost overruns and even reputational damage. This technology offers an enhanced safety and productivity tracking solution in the construction industry by leveraging on video analytics to detect safety hazards and high-risk scenarios as well as productivity insights. It provides actionable insights in the form of alerts, charts and reports to enable safety officers and project managers to make better-informed decisions for their operations.
Intelligent Video Analytics to Enhance Construction Worksite Safety
The Technology Offer is a computer vision system designed to enhance workspace safety through real-time detection of hazards and unsafe practices. By placing cameras at strategic locations around the worksite, and processing the video streams using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, the technology can automatically detect and alert operators of any safety breaches. The technology is also customizable for specific use-cases, safety violations, and different worksite environments.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Platform for Digital Therapeutics and Brain Fitness Solutions
The platform assists and empowers health care professionals, researchers and third-party developers to develop their own solutions with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven platform. The AI platform works seamlessly with the company's award-winning portable EEG headset to provide developers with the ability to analyze the brain signals of users; measuring mental states including but not limited to attention, relaxation, mental workload and fatigue.  The technology reveals numerous potential avenues to explore complementary, intervention programs for mental wellness, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, rehabilitation programs for stroke patients, cognitive rehabilitation for seniors and other neurological issues. 
Digital Hygiene Map System for Indoor Space
Studies have shown that sharing of indoor space is a major infection risk for Covid-19. Cleaning and disinfection of shared public places such as shopping malls, libraries, etc., has become the frontline in the fight against the virus. While the sharing of indoor space is still inevitable in the post-pandemic state, new tools will be required to help visualize and manage the hygiene level of shared indoor space in the context of Covid-19. This Technology Offer is a lightweight, browser-based, readily deployable digital hygiene map system for indoor space hygiene management, which can be easily integrated into other related platforms. The digital hygiene map represents the hygiene level of places as a heatmap overlaid on top of a floorplan. The heatmap is modelled using multiple inputs, for example, human traffic count in spatial and temporal domain, time passed since last cleaning/disinfection, etc. In this way, the estate manager or cleaning supervisor can have an instant overview of where the potential non-hygienic hotspots are. Cleaners or disinfection robots can be sent to clean up the place in a pre-emptive way.
Model-Predictive Control for Smart Building Energy Management
Modern buildings are often equipped with building automation and control (BAC) systems for operational control and monitoring. Conventional BAC systems lack the level of intelligence to coordinate the control of complex building systems to achieve multiple targets (energy efficiency, occupant well-being). Most conventional BAC systems have the core control algorithm in a reactive manner such as on/off control or proportional–integral–derivative (PID) control. Due to the complexity of most modern buildings and their ACMV systems, reactive control can practically never achieve the desired control target based on the past measurement information. In addition, reactive control is typical for single-input systems (e.g., room temperature as a single input for ACMV system) but rarely capable of coordinating multiple systems. These limitations in the current reactive BAC systems could lead to low energy efficiency and unsatisfactory human comfort. The proposed technology offers a model predictive control (MPC) solution that overcomes such limitations by employing a building model to perform optimal, predictive and coordinated control of various building service systems including air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation (ACMV – FCU, VAV, ACB, PDV, etc), lighting (automated dimming) and shading (automated blinds and electrochromic windows), etc. The technology was test bedded in multiple buildings, achieving 20 – 60% of energy savings while greatly improving occupants’ thermal and visual comfort. This could largely disrupt the BAC market to shift to a much more intelligent level with predictive (instead of reactive) control and real-time optimization. A MPC system that is suitable for commercial deployment is now being developed. The technology provider is seeking for industry partners to collaborate through various modes including technology licensing, research project and test bedding in buildings.