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Vi-Work : Virtual Supervision Tech

A technology that supports operational managers does virtual supervision, inspection, or site visit in real-time.

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For operational leader/manager Who needs direct supervision, Vi-Work is a technology to do virtual supervision, unlike the same application (ERP), the product supports real-time virtual supervision so it can drive productivity and support physical distancing during a pandemic and post-pandemic.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Some jobs need direct supervision/inspection, but they have to practice physical distancing due to COVID-19. We address the needs of the Operational Manager (e.g. HSE, Business Development) to do direct supervision/inspection, but they have to practice physical distancing due to COVID-19 and covered wide-area (more than 10,000 m2).

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

A technology that supports operational managers does virtual supervision, inspection, or site visit in real-time to support physical distancing and maintain their productivity level. Currently, we develop utilization of cameras embedded in a robot that can move around the production facility to take the visual condition of the production line and connected it to the operational manager’s screen, so they can actually monitor performance of their employee in a real-time. And the next development of the device is application of machine learning to detect non-conformance condition in the operational line (e.g. unsafe condition, unsafe behavior, etc.) and send it to the manager screen as early warning system to ensure their operational excellence. With the implementation of this technology, they can save non-added value time for transportation, walk, etc. when they need to inspect or supervise their employees work and can increase the performance of employees due to full-time supervision.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

We expect that the implementation of visual supervision in the industrial plants can change the behavior of workers and the way we do site visits in the future. With virtual supervision, the manager/supervisor doesn’t need to do direct supervision to a wide variety of operation, maintenance, and repair staff, they can do supervision/inspection from their room. It will be reduced non-added value activities, such as transportation time, time to walk, etc., reduce their risk due to face unsafe conditions in the production line, and also increase their time to do supervision. On the other side, the workers will improve their excellent behavior due to the increasing supervision time of their manager. We estimate around 1-2 million people that work in the industrial plans will be impacted if this idea implemented in industrial plants.

What is the name of your business or organization?

A&B Company

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Our company is business consulting that focused on international market development and process & organization development. Our clients mostly manufacturing companies and small and medium enterprises that plan to expand their market and seek new clients overseas. We can support them on market research & intelligence, export business plan development, and business due diligence. We also consult our clients to have effective processes & organizations to improve their operational performance.

What is your profession?

Business Consultant

Where are you located (country)?

Indonesia

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Process Improvement & HSE Community

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need the network to HSE & Process Improvement Community as our channel to the main customer to use our solution and need a partnership that can connect with the producer of camera robot (e.g. Spidercam GmbH) to develop this solution together.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

We recognize at least two main barriers of our solution implementation, these are: 1. Emotional or psychological barriers (because the technology will change the behavior of worker in the manufacturing industry) 2. Installation of equipment infrastructure requires special treatment and routine maintenance.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We have been creating the implementation plan of the solution and designing the prototype of the solution.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

We are creating a prototype of our solution and need to be testing to the customer to get better implementation.

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