Woolworths to trial wearables at distribution centres

Woolworths is trialling a wearable coaching device for 100 warehouse workers. The technology is manufactured by a Perth-based startup Soter Analytics.

SoterSpine is a wearable device that is designed to reduce manual handling injuries. The SoterSpine wearable device and training program uses AI to coach workers to self-correct their movements in real time to avoid ergonomic injuries.

“We are currently piloting a new technology called SoterSpine, a wearable coaching device designed to reduce manual handling injuries. We initially had seven team members involved in the pilot. 100 team members joined the second stage of the pilot this month to provide a larger sample size. The pilot will run for six months and will allow us to validate the team member benefits we saw in the initial pilot,” a Woolworths spokesperson revealed.

SoterSpine is a low-cost, wearable product that monitors and records at-risk body posture movements to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.

After this second pilot, Woolworths will determine the next steps, the company said in a statement.