Fhoss Technology, Weston-super-Mare
Standard fluorescent jackets have become compulsory workwear for millions of people around the world, but the traditional designs haven’t improved since the 1960s. However, Fhoss (which is Greek for ‘light’) has disrupted the market with patented, self-reflective technology that has recently been adopted by National Rail, Balfour Beatty, Transport for London and Gatwick Airport.
Conventional Hi-Vis clothing suffers reduced visibility in wet conditions and is completely ineffective in the dark, when no external light can be reflected. However, Andrew Kimitri, Founder & CEO of Fhoss, had his ‘light bulb moment’ when embedding battery-powered lighting strips into his product range - a relatively simple idea that has been hailed as revolutionary.
The North Somerset business recently earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 New Product Innovation Award, a prestigious accolade that highlights how successful the company has been in benchmarking new safety standards. The judging panel commented: “With such an innovative design ensuring superior performance under varied conditions, Fhoss Technology simply outperforms its peers in the market.”
The research noted reports that staff using Fhoss products felt much safer, remaining visible for over 1.5 miles, whilst vehicles approaching worksites were said to slow down much sooner.
This marked improvement has caught the eye of Towergate Insurance, who now endorse the technology and offer customers lower premiums if equipping their workforce with the Fhosssolution. Furthermore, there have been reports of increased productivity, as operatives feel more confident and able to work throughout the night.
However, this initial success is just the beginning, as Fhoss plan to leverage additional emerging technologies to become a major force in the world of wearable tech. This ambition recently took a huge leap forward with the announcement that one of the world’s largest IT and consulting services companies has approached Fhoss with a partnership proposal.
Together, the two companies will work on the next level of PPE and safety workwear through the integration of analytical data capture, for health and visual monitoring, plus geo-location tracking which will allow for real-time reporting and statistical evaluation. Aside from boosting safety, this development promises to shine new light on performance levels and offer revolutionary insight into resource management.
Fhoss Technology is one of the region’s most exciting and rapidly developing businesses, with a pioneering philosophy that has a global potential, firmly putting Weston-super-Mare in the spotlight.