Blackline Safety Buys UK-Based Industrial Wearables Maker Wearable Technologies

Blackline Safety, a global connected worker technology leader, has acquired Leister, UK-based...

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Blackline Safety, a global connected worker technology leader, has acquired Leister, UK-based Wearable Technologies Ltd (WTL). Under the brand name of Eleksen, WTL is focused on the construction and light industrial safety market. The company has developed a complete platform comprised of smart safety clothing, a cloud-connected safety wearable, personal area networking, sensor partnerships, user portal, software infrastructure and data analytics.

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“The Wearable Technologies safety ecosystem targets the construction and light industrial market, complementing the heavier industrial focus of Blackline’s current G7 cloud-connected wearables and area gas monitoring offerings,” said Cody Slater, CEO and Chair of Blackline Safety. “While WTL is pre-revenue, their trajectory includes a strong customer pipeline with several at-scale opportunities that we will pursue as they enter the Blackline family. With our backing, together we will complete their commercialization, delivering a compelling and highly differentiated connected safety offering to businesses in construction, warehousing, transportation, utilities, renewables and the service industry.”

Blackline estimates that the WTL acquisition accelerates its entry into commercial and light industrial markets with a tailored solution by more than two years. Included with the acquisition is a portfolio of over 40 patents that include protection around a line of washable smart safety garments with built-in wiring harness, the foundation for plug-and-play sensors and LED lighting, reports BusinessWire.

The WTL ecosystem is comprised of a smart safety garment that hosts an Eleksen worker-worn hub device with 4G-connectivity. The Eleksen Hub wirelessly supports a range of sensor partnerships, including sound dosimetry, biometrics, ergonomics, vibration and vehicle proximity. Each wearable hub streams sensor data to the Eleksen cloud that powers data storage, alerting, geofencing, dashboards, data visualizations, and trending.

Blackline plans to complete the commercialization of the first Eleksen products and services through FY2021. The cost of the WTL acquisition is not material to Blackline and no purchase price is disclosed. WTL will operate as a wholly-owned Blackline subsidiary.

Read more: The Global Industrial Wearable Market Is Expected To Grow 15% During 2020-2027, Reach US$ 8.63 Bn In 2027

Blackline Safety is a global connected safety leader that helps to ensure every worker gets their job done and returns home safe each day. Blackline provides wearable safety technology, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and increase the productivity of organizations in more than 100 countries. Blackline Safety wearables provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of men and women, having reported over 140 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency responses.

Sam Draper
March 1, 2021

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