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Zebra Technology Adds Social Distancing Alerts to Warehouse Workers’ Scanners

Zebra Technologies Corp., which sells barcode scanners and other computers used in warehouses globally, introduced a feature on Thursday that sounds an alert when workers breach physical distancing guidelines over the novel coronavirus. Warehouses and factories have been trying to …

Get Too Close, Get Buzzed. Ford Tests Wearables to Keep Workers at Safe Distances.

A dozen Ford Motor Co. workers are experimenting with wearable social-distancing devices that could be deployed more widely once the carmaker reopens idled manufacturing plants. The small group of volunteers at a Ford factory in Plymouth, Michigan, are trying out …

Travelers Partners with Contractor, Tech Firm on Wearables for Construction Safety

The Travelers Companies has partnered with contractor company Gilbane, and Triax Technologies, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) construction technology, to explore the potential safety benefits of wearable devices. According to the companies, Travelers will review data collected from …

John Hancock Will Only Sell Interactive Life Insurance with Fitness Data Tracking

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. …

Affordable ‘Smart’ Jewelry Detects Assaults and Falls Then Calls for Help

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are utilizing technology to create a pragmatic solution for physical or sexual assault prevention. “A major challenge to assault prevention is that, during an assault, victims often do not have an easily …

Big Data Gathered by Twitter Monitoring Could Cut Premiums – and Erode Privacy

When people take to Twitter to comment on the great evening they enjoyed with good food and wonderful friends, reducing their monthly insurance bill is probably the last thing on their mind. But such tweets could help insurers to price …

Aetna Offering Discounts on Apple Watch for Health Monitoring

Aetna Inc. will give some customers and employees discounts on Apple Inc.’s smartwatch, offering the potential that incentives from the insurance industry could boost sales of the technology giant’s wearable device. The health insurer, which covers about 23 million people …

Global Insurance Fintech Investment Grew by 237% in 2015: Accenture Research

While insurance historically has been a laggard in the fintech race, it is increasingly a high-growth investment area in the fintech field, according to research from Accenture. Accenture’s fintech research reveals that the overall increase in global insurance investment levels …

AIG Bets on Workplace Safety Wearables with Investment in Startup HCS

Giant insurer American International Group Inc. is betting on new technology, artificial intelligence and connectivity to give companies more control over workers in risky jobs and make workplaces safer and more efficient. AIG, which is one of the world’s largest …

Wearable Devices Being Used in Drug Trials, Medical Research

Pharmaceutical companies are enlisting Fitbits and other gadgets strapped to patients’ wrists, chests and skin as a way to bring drugs to market faster. What began as an aid for athletes and dieters to track their movements is quickly becoming …