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UtterBerry & Catapult pass first stage to bring a safer construction industry to the Philippines

London-based smart sensor network company UtterBerry and project collaborator Connected Places Catapult have partnered to bring safer environments to the construction industry in the Philippines.

The goal is to embed smart sensors into construction projects to remotely monitor infrastructure and increase construction safety, supporting the country in meeting its UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets. A system that provides the opportunity to diversify employment in the construction industry, by creating data-driven and decision making roles, is a key project aim. The project, which was in competition with 275 other proposals, is now one of 30 that has been accepted into the second cohort, running from December 2020 to May 2021.

Building a smarter and safer world for the Philippines

The Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Demonstrate Impact in Developing Countries competition is managed by Innovate UK and has the purpose of identifying market-creating innovations that have the potential to transform lives in lower-income countries and emerging economies.

The Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Demonstrate Impact in Developing Countries competition is managed by Innovate UK and has the purpose of identifying market-creating innovations that have the potential to transform lives in lower-income countries and emerging economies.

CATAPULT have shared their excitement for the project:

“Connected Places Catapult is delighted to be partnering with UtterBerry on this exciting collaborative research & development project. The Catapult works hard to find opportunities in emerging markets where UK expertise can lend to local partnerships where new innovations can transform places. The Global Challenge Research Fund helps to provide the opportunity for places like the Philippines and companies like UtterBerry to show the impact that urban innovations can make, not just to the people of a city or region, but also in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals – which benefit everyone.” Amy Hochadel, Director of Global Business Growth from Connected Places Catapult

Amy Hochadel - Director of Global Business Growth from Connected Places Catapult

The systems’ patented on-board Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) algorithms will gather and analyse any existing data to provide predictions for future physical changes in the environment.

UtterBerry’s AI & ML Hierarchy

The project will rely on UtterBerry’s smart sensor system to function by using its sub-millimetre vibration and displacement sensing capabilities.

UtterBerry smart sensor system overview

The sensors, which can calibrate and communicate to each other within mesh networks, will be able to detect when the most subtle physical movements occur, alerting on- site personnel when the area becomes unsafe.

UtterBerry’s CEO & Founder is delighted with this achievement:

“UtterBerry is incredibly pleased to lead a Phase 1 project in the Philippines that we are also funding 40% with the Global Challenge Research Fund. Working with the fantastic Connected Places Catapult and industry stakeholders in the Philippines, we are tackling the very important issue of health and safety in the construction industry by deploying UtterBerry wireless sensors with artificial intelligence to reduce injuries and fatalities. We are also examining the economic impact that UtterBerry wireless sensors offer, particularly in regards to diversifying the workforce in construction, as the sensors enable buildings and construction sites to be monitored remotely.” Heba Bevan OBE, CEO and Founder of UtterBerry

Heba Bevan OBE - UtterBerry founder and CEO