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Sensor Networks or Smart Artifacts? An Exploration of Organizational Issues of an Industrial Health and Safety Monitoring System

Kortuem, Gerd and Alford, David and Ball, Linden and Busby, Jerry and Davies, Nigel and Efstratiou, Christos and Finney, Joe and White, Marian and Kinder, Katharina (2007) Sensor Networks or Smart Artifacts? An Exploration of Organizational Issues of an Industrial Health and Safety Monitoring System. In: UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing, 9th International Conference, 2007-09-162007-09-19, Innsbruck, Austria.

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    Abstract

    Industrial health and safety is an important yet largely unexplored application area of ubiquitous computing. In this paper we investigate the relationship between technology and organization in the context of a concrete industrial health and safety system. The system is designed to reduce the number of incidents of "�vibration white finger"� (VWF) at construction sites and uses wireless sensor nodes for monitoring workers'� exposure to vibrations and testing of compliance with legal health and safety regulations. In particular we investigate the impact of this ubiquitous technology on the relationship between management and operatives, the formulation of health and safety rules and the risk perception and risk behavior of operatives. In addition, we contrast sensor-network inspired and smart artifact inspired compliance systems, and make the case that these technology models have a strong influence on the linkage between technology and organization.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing, 9th International Conference
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1591 cs_uid ; 382
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
    ID Code: 13020
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 26 Jun 2008 15:36
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 18:44
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13020

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