Human-machine interfaces for a safer workplace


The mobile and wearable technology market is growing day by day. One billion smartphones were registered in 2013, while 19 million wearable devices were sold in 2014. The continuous evolution of these device, however, has not brought significant improvements to their interfaces, which are still based on a “touch and sight” system and do not allow users to take full advantage of the possibilities available.


The idea behind Snapback is to take the communication between users and mobile devices to the next level.

In what way? By developing a technology that permits multi-mode interaction with smart devices.

This technology is particularly important in the workplace, because it allows fast communication with the company’s security systems using the sensors already present in smart devices.

Application & Benefits

The Snapback solutions integrate with Enel’s needs to secure its systems, starting with the creation of voice, sound, gesture and automated controls that can detect a fall or check any personal protective equipment online. But that’s not all. Snapback is able to send an SOS request to a control room or a group of people nearby. Through the biometric sensors of smartphones and wearables, the Snapback applications can detect various user parameters, such as heartbeat or other sensitive data for monitoring health.

Moreover, Snapback also has features that enable the activation of smart communications with the workplace. For example, it makes travelling to/from the workplace safer, providing an easy way of using your smartphone while behind the wheel. This is no small matter, given that most accidents occur on the way to or from work.

Projects launched

Snapback has developed a new prototype, together with the R&I and Innovation Enel Green Power departments, which will be tested on Enel plants.