Metro signs contract for industry-leading Toolbox Spotter

15 October 2019

New technology developed by Laing O’Rourke is playing a major role in the safe delivery of infrastructure projects across Australia.

Metro Trains Melbourne has signed an agreement with Laing O’Rourke to deploy the Toolbox Spotter – an artificial intelligence computer vision safety system – across metropolitan project sites.

Laing O’Rourke Managing Director Cathal O’Rourke said the company was thrilled to partner with Metro to pioneer the large-scale adoption of innovative technology that has the potential to make Australian workplaces safer.

“Safety is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to finding new and innovative ways to keep our people safe, and improve work practices across the industry,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“After extensive testing and close collaboration with a range of our key clients in construction, rail, logistics, mining, and manufacturing, we are extremely proud to now offer Toolbox Spotter to project sites.”

The Toolbox Spotter, developed in Australia by Laing O’Rourke, is a patented and award-winning artificial intelligence computer vision system. It sees objects, understands what they are and what actions to take, seamlessly and in realtime, with no special tags or changes in normal site operating procedures.

The Toolbox Spotter enables smart safety, assurance, productivity, and security solutions. Metro’s General Manager of Infrastructure Peter Munro said the toolbox spotters were a game-changer to improve safety on project sites.

“The safety of Metro employees and passengers is our number one priority. We are carrying out around $6 million in maintenance and renewal on the metropolitan rail network each week, and these toolbox spotters are going a long way to ensure our Infrastructure teams are kept safe on the job.”

Toolbox Spotter systems are being installed on 38 Metro maintenance vehicles.

When a person or another vehicle is detected in the blindspot or other specified zone, the Toolbox Spotter triggers flashing lights and vibrating wrist bands to alert the driver and work crews. These user-configurable alerts increase awareness, particularly during night works, and therefore improve site safety.

Metro spends around $330 million annually on infrastructure works to maintain, renew and upgrade rail equipment and assets.




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