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Blackline Safety begins $2m connected safety program with UK Severn Trent Water

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Blackline Safety (TSX: BLN) has announced the deployment phase had begun through a previously reported $2 million deal with UK’s second largest water company Severn Trent Water to supply its employees with connected personal gas detection devices.

The devices will protect more than 10,000 Severn Trent workers across six of the 12 UK water and wastewater authorities, where Blackline’s technology has already been deployed.

Blackline Safety UK zone manager Julian Jarvis said its versatile technology is seeing greater adoption as it can be used across a range of working environments.

“The value of real-time cloud-connected data, paired with scalable technology that adapts to changing work environments, allows Blackline to continue to see strong adoption of our connected safety solutions across the water and wastewater industry, providing water and wastewater services to over 26.6 million customers – almost 40% of the population of the UK,” he said.

Blackline Safety G7c wearable devices

Earlier this month, Severn Trent started its deployment of an initial 1,650 Blackline Safety 67c wearable devices.

The Coventry-based water giant aims to replace its existing gas detection units with more than 2,600 G7c wearable devices and associated services over the coming months.

Severn Trent serves an estimated 4.8 million homes and business throughout England and Wales.

Blackline’s G7c devices have been described as robust, intelligent and connected wearables, which accurately detect gas hazards, while notifying workplaces, and enabling contract tracing.

The devices offer corrective action to help mitigate future incidents, as well as features such as no-motion, fall detection and missed check-ins.

Blackline’s professional 24/7 live monitoring service supports the devices, enabling maximum employee protection at all times.

Extension option

The three-year C$2 million deal secured between the two parties has an option to extend for a further five years of service, with Breathe Safety leading the implementation and device rollout.

If the extension is exercised, the deal will be worth $4.2 million.

Calgary-based Blackline describes itself as developing industry-leading technology to drive innovative solutions in the industrial workforce through IoT (Internet of Things).

The company enables customers to more easily target zero safety incidents and strengthen operational performance.