Results of Vandrico's Industrial Hardware Challenge 2016

Vandrico Workers in Field

Results are in - No Winner

In early summer 2016, we launched an industrial hardware challenge competition. We wanted to see if industrial wearable hardware was ready for prime time. We thought we could incentivize innovation by offering the rare opportunity for a field pilot with a Tier 1 mining company. Working with our clients, we had specified the criteria that would get the green light.

We received more than a dozen submissions through a variety of outlets, and while several met some of the criteria, none of the submissions met all contest requirements. For that reason, we were unable to choose a clear winner in this contest.

Honourable mention entries

Although we were not able to choose a winner, there were three contest entries that stood out to our UX designers and clients. 

Deloitte 'Smart Helmet Clip

Anticipated in early 2017, this device allows users to communicate with short text messages and to respond; it also includes a mechanism to get the wearer's attention in a loud industrial environment. The roadmap includes support for a camera enabling remote video collaboration with the field.

Heads Up Safe

Their device has long-lasting battery power, also has a mechanism to get someone's attention.

Priwen Systems

Anticipated in 2017, their super-rugged smart watch is designed specifically for hands-free access to information in industrial operations. 

There is also a very promising head mounted display that is expected in 2017H1 but is still under covert development and will remain nameless for the time being.

Future opportunities

We extend our deepest thanks to all hardware developers who submitted entries, and we want everyone to know that although we were unable to choose a winner in the first round of the challenge, the offer stands. If you develop a device that meets our stated criteria, reach out to us. We will hold pilot projects several times a year with our clients, and we'll be looking for innovative hardware partners. 

Our goal is to collaborate with hardware manufacturers to get wearable devices into the industrial markets more quickly, and we believe that these efforts can accelerate the revolution that is the Industrial Internet of Things. 

An industrial wearable future

Vandrico has forged ahead with deploying RFID tags, rugged phones and tablets with our Connected Worker platform. We are eager to continue to experiment with Wearable devices as they become available. We think there is a big market for industrial wearables and we can help get valuable user feedback that is so scarce in the enterprise space. 

If you want to share the specs or prototypes of your promising new device, contact us today. 

Enterprise Wearables: The Opportunity in Industrial Hardware

The current buzz word IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) or as some refer to it as “Industry 4.0,” is increasingly growing in influence. It’s the computerization of industrial processes, and it’s expected to be big.

Vandrico is in the business of developing software that makes data a sixth sense. We do this by gathering data and translating it into actionable insights aimed at improving safety and productivity.

To achieve this, we need wearable devices that can meet our industrial clients' standards. Nowadays, Fitness and Lifestyle wearable tech devices have the most available options. The problem is that most of them are designed for consumers. This consumer-focused technology brings risks involving privacy, security, functionality, and durability. Although these issues may not be a problem in everyday fitness settings, they could be detrimental in industrial environments.

The problem we are facing in today’s industrial sector is the shortage of suitable wearable technology devices. In fact, ourwearable database contains only 39 devices in the industrial category. And of these, Vandrico has deemed only a handful suitable for our clients’ environments. This is a steep contrast to the 251 lifestyle devices.

Average Price of Wearable Devices vs Number of Available Devices

Another setback for wearable devices in the industrial sector is that they have a significantly higher price point. The cost of these devices is over twice as much as those in the medical sector and about seven times as much as those intended for everyday use. This fact demonstrates a massive opportunity for growth in the industrial hardware sector of the wearable technology market.

We believe that now is the time for enterprises to invest in wearable technology. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution that we have all heard about is happening now.

Vandrico Wearable Technology Adoption Curve
Vandrico Wearable Technology Adoption Curve - Enterprise

Through effective implementation of wearable devices, the future of enterprises will be smarter, safer, and better connected. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing what wearable devices will hit the market in the near future.

At Vandrico, we recognize the challenges delaying the implementation of wearable devices in the workplace. We would like to accelerate the IoT revolution through collaboration with hardware manufacturers.

Do you have an industrial wearable device that you believe can pass our one-week durability test in an underground mine? If so, then we want to hear from you!



  • Be the chosen hardware manufacturer for a full mining project, deployment in Q1 2017

  • Be featured on our Wearables Database

  • Receive in-field enterprise user feedback


Applications are open until August 30, 2016

Finalist will be selected on September 6, 2016