• Michelle Hiscock

Workplace Wearable vs. Cell Phone: Why Modjoul Does It Better

Updated: Feb 9

Workplace wearables are the future. In 2015, 2.3 million units were sold and it’s expected that number will increase to 66.4 million by 2021. One of the more common questions received when looking at wearables in the workplace is “Why not use a cell phone?” With plenty of apps available for cell phones that allow you to track movement, it may seem like a cheaper, more efficient option to use a phone that the employee already has. However, there are several reasons to use a workplace wearable.

One Sensor vs. Many

Cell phones have just one sensor, which severely limits a phone’s usefulness for workplace tracking. It can only record basic movements, speed and location. Phones are also very easy to fool, sometimes forgotten and don’t record the most important data. The location of the phone is inconsistent while the belt is located close to the center of gravity of the individual which will give the truest data.

With a wearable smart belt, it’s possible to detect and even prevent up to 70% of workplace injuries. The modjoul belt in particular has 8 sensors, which can measure upper body and lower body movements, back strain, pressure, ambient temperature, speed, direction and angle. The sensors allow the model to identify 40+ work metrics an employee performs every day - much like a FitBit can recognize if you are on a treadmill or an elliptical. All of this information is available in almost real-time on the modjoul dashboards, which can be accessed by the employee, supervisors and risk managers.

Ease of Use

Where a phone can be set down and forgotten or even handed off to someone else or shaken to simulate activity, a belt is attached to the employee’s belt loops whose primary purpose is to hold the pants in place. The belt is discreet, a part of the uniform. It can’t be forgotten on a table and movement is hard to fake.

Since everything is sent wirelessly to the cloud for processing, the employee doesn’t have to remember to download the data or even do anything. Besides having a physical on/off switch, the belt also has a logical switch that is programmed to not record data after working hours.

Risk Factors

Another big advantage of the belt is that it’s hands-free. There’s nothing to distract the employee and since distractions can be a risk factor in many workplaces, the belt is a better option. Additionally, the modjoul belt is designed for an industrial setting so it won’t break due to impact.

Power Up

When it comes to power, phones can’t compare to the modjoul belt. Cell phone batteries require frequent charging, meaning the employee has to put the phone down and stop tracking activity during the charging period. This can lead to large chunks of missing data. In contrast, the belt’s charge is designed to last up to two days and has three times the amount of battery vs. a cell phone.

Overall, the belt is the better solution in the workplace. It lasts longer, is in the right position, cannot be forgotten, and is safer and easier to use than a phone in the workplace, plus it provides more information.

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