Sutherland Shire company creates worker safety app adopted by Optus

Safety first: workM8 general manager Stephen Snell. Picture: Supplied
Safety first: workM8 general manager Stephen Snell. Picture: Supplied

A new worker safety app designed by a Sutherland Shire based company has been adopted by telecommunications giant Optus.

The company, workM8, developed a digital workflow software and mobile app to help businesses manage worker safety and track assets

The company operates from the nandin innovation hub at ANSTO, Lucas Heights.

Its general manager and co-founder Stephen Snell said the software allowed organisations to monitor lone worker safety and track remote assets using technology that enabled organisations to gather data from multiple sources so they could build workflows that automate and improve efficiencies.

The app has been rapidly adopted by new and existing customers to meet the challenges of a COVID world and is now offered through Singtel Optus to Australian-based enterprises and government organisations.

"Businesses can quickly implement workM8 to record staff and patrons' temperatures, keep an automated location log of field-based staff and send automated welfare checks to meet their obligations," Mr Snell said.

"Our tracking solutions are a crucial part of what we do. The functionality we provide to monitor and capture data from remotely connected devices is so important in this rapidly changing environment.

"It has been rewarding to see how businesses are using the flexibility of the workM8 software to deploy solutions to help them respond to COVID-19 safety and admin challenges."

Optus Business vice president product innovation Deon Liebenberg said workM8 was an important fit to Optus's growing IoT ecosystem.

"WorkM8 allows customers to take data from devices, staff in the field, vehicles and other sensors that are connected via Optus' IoT network, to streamline and automate business and safety processes quickly and easily, with no large implementation costs," Mr Liebenberg said.

"For field-based teams, workers can use workM8 to capture video, photographs, GPS locations and voice recordings and automatically trigger other business processes such as safety and welfare checks."

nandin director Dr Tim Boyle said workM8 was an example of the many innovations coming out of the centre.

"workM8 showcases the forward-thinking culture we have developed within the nandin community," Dr Boyle said.

"nandin's collaborative community enables members to unlock and build upon essential creative-thinking skills - helping them progress new ideas into real solutions."

Mr Snell said the entrepreneurial learning and collaborative environment at nandin had helped make workM8 a success.

"From the access to office space, to the guidance and support from some of the brightest minds in businesses, nandin helped us take the business to the next level," Mr Snell said.