With the many complexities in implementing a state-of-the-art safety program, combined with the millions of workplace injuries that continue to occur every year, the value of technology that simplifies safety procedures and connects safety managers to their employees, who are working in hazardous environments, has never been more important.
MSA Connected Work Platform
That’s why MSA Safety Incorporated (MSA), a globally renowned company in worker safety technology and solutions, has introduced a connected services platform that will help safety managers, in creating safer and more efficient work environments, through reliable and actionable data, provided in real-time.
New offering is a hardware/software combination that features a new cloud-ready wearable gas detector
At the 2021 National Safety Congress (NSC) and Expo, in Orlando, Florida, the Pittsburgh-based company unveiled the MSA Connected Work Platform. The new offering is a powerful hardware/software combination that features a new cloud-ready wearable gas detector, which enables a broad new range of capabilities, not previously available with a standalone gas detector.
ALTAIR io 4 Gas Detection Wearable device
Working in concert with the company's new MSA+ safety subscription offering, the ALTAIR io 4 Gas Detection Wearable device was designed from the ground-up, as a fully connected and intuitive safety solution.
The ALTAIR io 4 represents MSA Safety Inc.’s first direct-to-cloud gas detector to feature:
- Out-of-the box global cellular connectivity and GPS location, to transmit real-time data, such as critical gas detection readings and location information, directly to the MSA Grid software platform,
- Access to MSA’s Grid software services that enable fleet management, as well as real-time remote monitoring and incident reporting,
- A new, electronic MSA ID device tag that replaces paper-based, sign-out processes,
- MSA's industry-renowned XCell Sensors, and
- Compatibility with a new ALTAIR io Dock calibration test stand, enabling automatic bump testing, calibration and data logging.
Connected technology platform
“We live in a connected world and with this new technology platform, we're bringing new levels of connectivity into industrial worksites,” said Gustavo Lopez, MSA Safety Inc.’s General Manager of Detection Products and Connected Services.
Gustavo Lopez adds, “Our vision is to give safety managers the ability to create an adaptive, proactive safety program that helps reduce the risk of workplace injury and boosts productivity.”
MSA+ safety subscription
Other elements of MSA Safety Inc.’s Connected Work Platform include the MSA+ safety subscription
Other elements of MSA Safety Inc.’s Connected Work Platform include the MSA+ safety subscription, which extends warranty coverage and provides automatic and ongoing software upgrades. With MSA+ safety subscription, safety managers can bundle hardware and software needs for long-term safety advancements and a convenient way to stay ahead of safety innovation and on budget.
The ALTAIR io 4 will be provided exclusively through this new program. The MSA Grid and accompanying, MSA+ safety subscription has various price points and subscription levels, so as to accommodate individual customer needs and budgets.
Staying at the cutting edge of safety
MSA Safety Inc.’s General Manager of Detection Products and Connected Services, Gustavo Lopez further said, “Gone are the days that your technology is outdated, the day after you bought it. With over-the-air updates and new services offerings, safety managers can ensure they stay at the cutting edge of safety."
He concludes, “As we continue to deliver on our mission of protecting people at work, I feel we are uniquely positioned to exceed the expectations of those, who put their trust in the MSA brand and do so in a way they've come to expect from our company, with speed, agility, and customer-driven innovation.”
The company expects to begin shipping the ALTAIR io4 Gas Detection Wearable device in the first half of 2022.