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Sensor Networks or Smart Artifacts? An Exploration of Organizational Issues of an Industrial Health and Safety Monitoring System

Kortuem, Gerd and Alford, David and Ball, Linden and Busby, Jerry and Davies, Nigel and Efstratiou, Christos and Finney, Joe and White, Marian Iszatt and Kinder, Katharina (2007) Sensor Networks or Smart Artifacts? An Exploration of Organizational Issues of an Industrial Health and Safety Monitoring System. In: UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing 9th International Conference. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 465-482. ISBN 978-3-540-74852-6. E-ISBN 978-3-540-74853-3. (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-74853-3_27) (KAR id:38818)

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Industrial health and safety is an important yet largely unexplored application area of ubiquitous computing. In this paper we investigate the relationship between technology and organization in the context of a concrete industrial health and safety system. The system is designed to reduce the number of incidents of “vibration white finger” (VWF) at construction sites and uses wireless sensor nodes for monitoring workers’ exposure to vibrations and testing of compliance with legal health and safety regulations. In particular we investigate the impact of this ubiquitous technology on the relationship between management and operatives, the formulation of health and safety rules and the risk perception and risk behavior of operatives. In addition, we contrast sensor-network inspired and smart artifact inspired compliance systems, and make the case that these technology models have a strong influence on the linkage between technology and organization.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-540-74853-3_27
Uncontrolled keywords: ubiquitous computing, sensor network, smart artifact, workplace support, occupational health and safety, safety culture, risk management, compliance architecture, organizational fit, privacy
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:52 UTC
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