When people work in high-risk environments, it is important to wear high-visibility safety apparel in order to be noticeable to co-workers and adjacent traffic. Conspicuity is the property of an object to stand out from its surroundings and attract visual attention. Being conspicuous reduces the number of situations where people are not seen and accidents happen. The typically safety colors are orange and lime-yellow. Currently, the safety colors selected for making people or objects conspicuous are not optimal. For example, in an environment where everything is red or yellow, those colors have the opposite effect. People are camouflaged. The below pictures show such an example.
The OptiColor project attempts to formulate a generally applicable methodology for determining the optimal safety color for a specific environment. By the end of the project, the following shall be released:
- A color combination table shall be developed. Currently, lime-yellow and orange are the predominant safety colors. We will increase the colors to a minimum of eight safety colors. Based on the eight safety colors an 8×16 object vs background combination table will be developed. The combination on the table shall represent optimal color combinations with regards to consciousness.
- A software application shall be developed for analyzing pictures from a specific work environment and automatically proposing the most conspicuous safety color.
- Concept Validation. A assess and possibly proof the effectiveness of the proposed safety color combinations and that of the automatic assignment by the software application.
This is a 6-month project proposed by S-Innovations Ltd. The Project is co-funded by S-Innovations Ltd (40 %) and Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (60 %) under Restart 2016-2020 Portfolio. Program Call: Proof of Concept. Funding of Restart 2016-2020 is provided by the European Union and the Republic of Cyprus.
S-Innovations Ltd is in partnership with RISE (The Research Centre on Interactive Media Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies). The partnership includes: (1) subcontracting of services for the Work Packages WP5 (2) Non-charged (free) Expert Consulting.
The project duration is 6 months. We divided the project into five work packages. Namely: