Wearable monitoring technology is all the rage in health and fitness circles. From big names like Fitbit and Garmin to task-specific tech by Procore and Triax, these wearable trackers monitor everything from location to vital life-signs. While not everyone loves the idea of their every movement being digitally recorded, wearables can keep your electrician crew safer on the job.

What Wearable Tech Is Available for Electricians?

The emerging market of real-time, integrated wearables for construction and contracting pros is expanding, but there aren’t yet many options to choose from. Spot-r is the main wearable, made by Triax.

Spot-r is a clip-on wearable that hooks up to a proprietary network and is accessed via a dashboard app by crew managers or supervisors. The wearable constantly uploads data about where workers are located and what they’re working on.

While the Spot-r isn’t the only wearable on the market, it’s by far the most connected. Other well-known options include Metasensors by Mbientlabs which tracks movement, perspiration, heart rate and temperatures.

Of note for electricians is the V-Watch Personal Voltage Detector by HD Electric Company. This wearable alerts the user when in the presence of energized materials. It’s not as in depth as other wearables, but potentially life-saving.

How Can Wearables Keep Your Crew Safe?

When you’re working in a dangerous environment, it’s important that someone knows where you are. Whether it’s a freezing crawl space or a blistering attic, wearables like Spot-r can transmit real-time data to site supervisors.

Wearable tech can also serve as a lifeline to site foremen as it allows crew members to report injuries, unsafe environments and hazards without leaving the area. The Spot-r tracker, for example, has a self-alert button, enabling an emergency call to site supervisors. But it works both ways: in the event of an emergency, authorized personnel can use the tech’s dashboard to issue a site-wide evacuation alert transmitted to every wearable.

Other wearables that aren’t connected to a network, including personal trackers, can provide crew members with valuable insight into working conditions. For example, while working in an attic, even a basic tracker can monitor the wearer’s heart rate or the ambient temperature of the room. That allows the worker to assess whether it’s too hot or their bodies are pushed to the limit and it’s time for a break.

Choosing Wearables for Your Crew

One of the biggest considerations when choosing wearables for your crew is price. Wearable technology comes with a steep price tag and the more features and connectivity included, the more you can expect to pay. The price for the Spot-r includes the network, dashboard app and wearables for each crew member you outfit. Other wearables are priced individually per unit.

But price isn’t the only factor – you can’t put a price on safety. Technology that utilizes a wristband (like the Metasensor) can be a hazard for electricians who are wearing gloves for PPE or working in tight spaces where the band can get caught.

Choose the wearable that best provides the features you need and falls within the price range you can afford.