Corvex, Data and You
How the Corvex Connected Safety™ platform preserves, protects, and analyzes your information.
The Corvex Connected Safety platform (CCS) is primarily a mechanism for enabling workers. It provides information about workplace safety requirements, personal protective equipment requirements, and eases the training process. It can also act as a channel for communicating with and among workers, supervisors, and safety managers. While it is doing these things, CCS collects data. Lots of it!
What happens with all of that data?
First, and most importantly, data is securely stored. Nothing is ever really 100% secure - anyone who says otherwise is selling something! (1) However, the CCS platform is designed from the ground up to be as secure as we can make it. CCS uses industry best practices to ensure that the data moves around in a secure, private network. All connections are encrypted. The data is stored on machines that are only accessible through hardened, local connections. Each CCS subscriber’s (2) data is stored in a silo that is isolated from every other subscriber. And finally, that data is only accessible by authorized members of the subscriber’s staff and Corvex support personnel (when authorized by a subscriber).
Second, the data is protected. CCS ensures that each subscriber's data is replicated (stored in multiple geographic locations) and backed up. Our goal is 100% uptime with 0 data loss. These are ambitious goals, but our decades of experience say that it is achievable. Beyond this, subscriber data is retained and immutable. Through the CCS dashboard, subscribers can examine their historical data with the confidence that it is available and unchanged.
Finally, the data is anonymized and aggregated for use in calculating risk models. “What? I thought you just said the data was secure and protected!” Well… yes. And the servers on which that data is stored run various processes. Part of that processing, and part of the Corvex advantage, is the analysis of all of this data. For example, the backend processors can look at a range of data and determine things like “often people who enter the packaging room after lunch are missing their eye protection” or “there are a surprising number of observations and incidents reported in the machine shop during third shift.” Having identified these patterns, CCS will show them the subscriber’s safety managers.
Having said all that, what data is collected? Here are few examples:
This sort of data is gathered by the Core devices and shared with CCS secure servers via a gateway at each subscriber site. As the data accumulates, supervisors and safety managers can look at the “rolled up” summaries to observe trends, identify areas where additional precautions might help increase worker safety, and in general have a cohesive overview of the safety “environment” of the subscriber.
Most of the information made available in this subscriber view is of the “rolled up” sort. However, users of the CCS platform at the subscriber who have the authorization are permitted to see some information about individual workers. For example, a supervisor is able to see information about what specific requirements a direct report did not meet, in which zone they were not met, and for long the worker was not meeting the requirements (e.g., Bob was missing his protective eyewear near the drill press for 30 minutes yesterday). Even when this sort of information is made available to the supervisor, the intent is that the supervisor and safety manager use the data to identify trends and take corrective action at an environmental level. Usually, issues are down to procedures, lack of awareness, or discomfort. Workers want to be safe. No one wants to get hurt. By making information available to the appropriate people in an organization, it is easier to improve the safety of the workplace more quickly, and therefore the conditions for everyone.
In addition to this “subscriber” view of the data, CCS analyzes the data that is collected to help our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) partners make better products. How do we do that? By combining the data across subscribers about individual PPE partner products and product families.
Consider Big Shoe Company. They are a PPE partner, and their whole line of cold weather footwear is equipped with Corvex Sense. Because of this, the CCS platform can tell them things like:
Regardless, in no way is any individually attributable information ever released outside of a subscriber. And within a subscriber, it is only made available to people who are authorized. CCS goes to great lengths to protect every worker’s personal data. The collected data across workers and subscribers, anonymized and abstracted, is the only thing that is ever seen outside of a subscriber. And even then, it is only made available to Corvex staff and our PPE partners, for the betterment of products and improved workplace safety for everyone.
1 As made famous in “The Princess Bride”.
2 “Subscriber” is what CCS calls an organization that uses the platform.
Author: Shane McCarron, CTO of Corvex
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