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.