BALCO deploys AI-based safety monitoring technology for enhanced workplace safety
Balconagar; 3rd May 2023: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, has deployed an innovative solution called T-Pulse Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Monitoring System, which leverages cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology to enhance workplace safety. This initiative is the latest in BALCO’s continuous efforts to adopt best-in-class solutions that bolster the company’s performance and ensure a safe, secure working environment.
The T-Pulse HSSE Monitoring System continuously studies ongoing activity inside the plant in real-time, through a network of cameras integrated into a centralized AI data lake. This solution utilizes one of the most comprehensive AI models available on cameras, sensors, edge devices, and drone data to manage safety risks in daily operations, construction projects, shutdowns, and turnarounds. It is equipped to alert against a diverse range of risks in categories such as Personal Protective Equipment usage, Job Safety/Hazard Communication, Work at Height, Confined Space, Dropped Objects, Lifting & Hoisting, and Traffic Interference & Vehicle Safety, thus aiding in sustainable behavioral change. The system provides 360° coverage, including hard-to-reach areas, and is equipped to detect exceptional conditions on a real-time basis.
Highlighting the significance of the initiative, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Director and CEO, BALCO stated, “At BALCO, we believe in continuously augmenting our operations and processes to bolster our safety performance and ensure that our workplaces are safe and primed for innovation & business excellence. With the launch of the T-Pulse HSSE Monitoring tool, we have taken a significant step towards achieving our goal of ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’. This comprehensive safety system closely aligns with our guiding priorities of ensuring workforce safety, while leveraging digitalization & innovation for operational excellence. With more such deployments planned in the near term, we aim to nurture a safer, encouraging and productive environment for everyone working with us, today and always.”
Testament to its technology-first approach to manufacturing excellence, BALCO has received numerous recognitions, including the prestigious ‘Manufacturing Today – Reinventing the Future’ Award. The company has also been declared ‘Platinum Winner’ at the 5th CII National Safety Practices Competition for its ‘Suraksha Sankalp Kutumbh’ project on safety digitalization.
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
About Vedanta Limited
Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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