Wearables are everywhere, measuring all kinds of things –calories, heart rates, basic movement, distance, speed, temperature, and more. Our vision is to open up the world of wearables to infinite possibilities. Our main focus is on IoT applications with functionality centered on people-oriented data and devices.

Human-centric IoT applications are relevant to a wide variety of needs and innovative technologies. These include such areas as personal safety and wellness; remote care; motion, bio-metric, and neuro-metric behavior tracking; and innovative forms of interactions. Our team is composed of people with a variety of technical and research skills. Together, we’re developing a range of end-to-end solutions across the entire IoT technology stack.


Nir Mashkif, Manager, People-Centric IoT, IBM Research - Haifa

We’re working on a broad scope of people-centric IoT projects. Here are a few examples of some projects we’re involved in:

  • Employee safety – accommodating for the ongoing safety of field workers
  • Worker - and forklift-safety awareness in warehouse environments
  • Edge computing - running behavioral analytics on edge devices (e.g., Raspberry Pi)
  • SIMUSAFE - an EU H2020 project focused on reducing driver risk
  • FlowGuru - helping people achieve optimal performances via a bio-feedback app
  • Fatigue monitoring - determining fit to tasks such as driving, medical surgeries, etc.

Our MissionOur mission is to enable organizations and people to quickly and easily integrate wearable devices or sensor data with insightful analytics. Such analytics are meant to not only detect and report problems, but also to prevent them. In many of our applications, we refer to these analytics as “shields.”

One of our key areas of expertise in human-centric IoT is employee safety. We employ shields in this domain to indicate extreme, undesirable, and/or risky personal conditions as part of the IBM Employee Wellness and Safety application. This offering provides employers with end-to-end instrumentation to ensure that all workers’ safety is being monitored at all times, especially those working in extreme conditions.

HazardsHazards are all around us. Ideally, any company could collect the data they need and set up an application to send out tailored alerts. For example, a construction company could develop an app that sends an alert when the temperature outside sinks below -20 degrees Celsius, or if a worker's heart rate suddenly slows and no movement is detected. On a more personal level, what if you could get an alert that it's 10 am and your grandmother has not yet gotten got out of bed or turned on the coffee machine?

    Working conditions may vary significantly between different geographic locations and industry types. The technologies we develop can be adapted accordingly to meet a wide variety of requirements. Here are three different pilots we did recently with clients:
  1. North Start BlueScope Steel (NSBS) – employee safety in a steel mill
  2. DHL - employee safety for warehouse facilities
  3. Edge Computing First-of-a-kind Project - employee safety for oil and gas companies

To learn how we employ cognitive computing in the area of IoT, Blockchain and AI to increase employee safety at work, watch this movie:

Because we focus on innovative technologies, occasionally we get to present our work worldwide.

Developing in the lab is so much fun.

Oh, and we also have lots of fun playing...

with cutting-edge gadgets (•‿•).

Here are some of the tools that we use. If anything is missing, don’t worry, we can always 3D-print it.

Want to join us? We are always looking for bright and technology-savvy people.

Contact Nir Mashkif for more details.