Project partners compare results in Frankfurt

The SWW project representatives met in Frankfurt, Germany this May to discuss the ongoing events and findings within in the project.


All partners have dealt with the scanning phase. The noticed some similar issues when scanning their end-users:

  • end users may not know what their proper size is, meaning they do not choose the work-wear which is most suitable for them,

  • some users also prefer to wear tighter work wear (for style) or then wider work wear (for comfort) – neither of these options are truly safe, as too tight clothing means that movement might limited and too wide clothing might mean that there is extra hanging clothing.

  • the standard size has evolve over the years: people have been growing, their arms and legs are longer than before and thus, the regular standard sizes are most likely to be ill-fitting, for instance the sleeves might be too short for the standard size and trying to use the right length sleeves will result in too wide sleeves

  • Unisex work wear - which are in use in industries - will not be fitting properly for men and women: men and woman collect fat in different areas on their body (men on their stomach, women on their hips) meaning that unisex work wear has a higher chance of being ill-fitting.


The first issue with making safe and smart work wear is fixing the standards and having properly fitting garments.

The different project partners gathered wishes from the work wear users, as they have experience from the daily use of the garments:

  • users would like to have more functionality in their work wear: more zippers, less buttons and Velcro bands,

  • there should be different garments for winter and for summer,

  • users pointed out how in some case the textiles used in their work wear was not suitable: it might be too permeable and not let the body breath,

  • some users pointed out how their work wear suffered usage in certain areas, such as trousers

  • the users shared ideas on what smart technologies could be added to their work wear, depending on their work and the risks they face. Their suggestions included:

    • LED lights or reflective tape included in the work wear to improve visibility,

    • hands-free communication devices, to improve communication,

    • thermometers (which are visible through the work gear),

    • digital name-tags,

    • electrical heating

    • thermodynamic textiles...

The distributors pointed out that most of these options are already existing for work wear, and thus available for use, but the lack of communication between users and distributors means that they are not being used by those that need them.

Tanvir Ahmed, who work with the smart solutions on behalf of the project, presented a few options that he has been studying and which could be used within the project. These solutions include:

  • tracking possibilities can be improved with RFID technologies, improving attendance and safety,

  • speech recognition solutions can be integrated into the work wear to improve communication between  workers,

  • gaz sensors can be integrated to improve the security of work wear users,


All in all, there is are a lot of possibilities offered, the planning should all start from the needs and requirements of the users.

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