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. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4717. Springer Berlin Heidelberg pp. 465-482. ISBN 978-3-540-74852-6. E-ISBN 978-3-540-74853-3. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-74853-3_27) (Full text available)

Abstract

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: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38818 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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