Building the Job Site of the Future

We set out to re-envision the world of construction. We ended up building a wearable solution that is honest, fair, and transparent- helping contractors better manage their projects, while most importantly, helping out those who are building them. If you’re looking for a top-tier workforce management tool that respects every stakeholder in the project ecosystem, you’re in the right place.

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Vision

Dorm Room Dreams

Back in 2017, a Biomedical Engineering lecture was skipped, and in a Duke University ECE lab, a first prototype was soldered.

Despite the story that follows, this (poorly assembled) device, consisting of just a small microcontroller and a few off-the-shelf sensors, would serve as the initial seed of what is now the most comprehensive industrial wearable platform on the market.

Pictured: ECE Design Lab in 113B Hudson Hall, taken in April of 2017 where initial prototype development occurred. Our founder, Canyon Dell’Omo, an undergraduate at the time, technically was not permitted access to this lab. Although, thanks to shoddy locks in an aging engineering building, access was obtained.

Trial and Error

Building a hardware product isn’t easy. As the vision for WorkerSense® began to development, so did the hardware.

This involved quite a bit of iterative development, failed prototypes, and broken sensors. Throughout this timeframe, a great deal of experimentation was conducted to determine the best means of mounting the sensor- from elastic bands, to velcro-attached enclosures.

Pictured: An early sensor prototype in testing, seen with an elastic band mounting mechanism. In this instance, testing occurred in the Duke University Phytotron Facility, allowing the WorkerSense® team to subject their prototypes to a variety of environmental conditions simulated from around the world. Fun fact, the mannequin pictured was quietly “borrowed” from the Duke University Campus Store.

Industry Acclimation

Building a hardware product isn’t easy, and neither is acclimating to the intricacies of construction. An incredibly complex and nuanced ecosystem, there’s no better way to understand it than to get on a job site.

To learn more about our vision’s place in the world of construction, WorkerSense® teamed up with Gilbane Building Company on their build of the Duke University Student Wellness center. We were permitted to conduct an observational experiment involving thirty (30) hand-soldered prototype sensors, collecting various data streams across multiple subcontractors. This experiment was incredibly pivotal in further understanding how job sites work, and how sensors can help us further understand them.

Pictured: A worker from Juba Aluminum Products donning an early WorkerSense® prototype sensor. The sensors used were quite rudimentary, storing data on internal microSD cards, and requiring manual battery replacement at the start of each shift.

Leadership Team

Canyon Dell'Omo

Founder & CEO

Daniel Eshaghian

VP, Business Development
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