Date
21 November 2018
Harry Chan, founder of construction tech startup BeeInventor, poses for picture. With its product Daloop, BeeInventor aims to turn the commonly used safety helmet from a purely protective tool into a smart device. Photo: HKEJ
Harry Chan, founder of construction tech startup BeeInventor, poses for picture. With its product Daloop, BeeInventor aims to turn the commonly used safety helmet from a purely protective tool into a smart device. Photo: HKEJ

Construction vet offers smart tool for worker health & safety

A construction veteran in Hong Kong is trying to bring a change in the old-fashioned industry with new technology solutions.

BeeInventor, founded in 2016 by Harry Chan Kin-yung, has built a cloud-based platform for data exchange and communication among construction workers via a product, Dasloop, which fits over the safety hamlets that workers wear on site.

Leveraging his deep understanding of the construction industry, Chan aims to turn the commonly used safety helmet from a purely protective tool into a smart device that can help monitor the user’s health condition.

The appliance enables monitoring of the body temperature of the user in real-time, and provides an alert to the system, which notifies the operator via mobile phone instantly, in the event that the user is hurt or faints. The appliance is also equipped with tracking sensors which provide the real-time location of the user.

From the perspective of project operators and contractors, BeeInventor’s cloud-based platform helps them manage and supervise various aspects of construction engineering, including site equipment, materials, personal information, and real-time conditions, through smart devices.

“Construction project management has been based on paper,” Chan said in an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal. “If we can digitalize it, project management could be more convenient and efficient.”

As an incubatee in the Hong Kong Science Park, BeeInvestor is now working with five enterprise clients, including government departments and construction companies, for Dasloop’s trial run.

Chan told HKEJ that the product is going into mass production during the year.

The firm has invested millions of dollars in hardware and cloud platform development, despite not securing a major backer yet.

Chan noted that investors often “tend to be more conservative toward hardware projects.”

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct 24

Translation by Ben Ng

[Chinese version 中文版]

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