What to consider when adopting AI safety systems


Thursday, 04 April, 2024

What to consider when adopting AI safety systems

Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into safety software is not a magic bullet — rather, it requires a foundation built on meticulous data management. Before diving into AI, writes PETER OGDEN, General Manager – Marketing at SafetyIQ, organisations should consider these critical steps to ensure their leap doesn’t end in a fall.

The allure of AI is powerful: smarter safety protocols, predictive hazard identification and streamlined operations. Yet, the reality is stark — AI without a solid data foundation is like a high-performance engine running on empty. It promises much but delivers very little without the right fuel.

Establish the must-haves

Firstly, clean, standardised data is non-negotiable. AI thrives on data. Not just any data, but clean, consistent and standardised information. Without this, AI’s potential is stifled, rendering its insights questionable at best.

Audit, then act

Start with a thorough audit of data-capturing processes. Identify gaps and inconsistencies. This isn’t just housekeeping; it’s laying the groundwork for AI success.

Schedule, standardise, simplify

Following the audit process, take action by undertaking the following steps:

  1. Schedule data captures ie, monthly audits, weekly equipment inspections, etc.
  2. Standardise formats and definitions.
  3. Simplify collection methods.

This isn’t busywork; it’s about making the data AI-ready.

Adopt cloud-based storage

Embrace cloud storage for its scalability, accessibility and collaboration features. It’s not just about storage; it’s about preparing the data for the AI journey ahead.

Start small: the smart path forward

If the data is not yet AI-ready, then start small. Tackle manageable projects to refine data processes. These steps aren’t just preparation; they’re investments in an AI future.

Jumping into AI without the right preparation is a leap into the unknown. The key to unlocking AI’s potential in safety software lies in the quality of the data. Audit, standardise and simplify the data-capturing processes. Embrace cloud storage. Start small, learn and scale.

Remember, the path to AI integration is a marathon, not a sprint. Prepare well and the benefits will be worth the effort.

Image credit: iStock.com/gorodenkoff

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