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Location awareness system enhances industrial safety

07 October 2018

Emerson has extended its Plantweb digital ecosystem with the addition of Location Awareness which is said to provide a cost-effective way to safeguard industrial manufacturing workers

Emerson’s Location Awareness technology could help assist employees in more than 70% of common personnel-recordable incidents. Used for safety mustering and man-down events, the solution provides a snapshot of employee locations via rechargeable wearable tags. In the event of an emergency managers are able to quickly account for employees’ locations in the plant or facility and act to ensure safety.

With scalable features, Location Awareness is said to be the first personnel safety technology powered by the WirelessHART infrastructure. It can be installed in just days, compared to weeks for existing systems, and costs less than half of traditional, existing alternatives. The system combines a new software application in Emerson’s Plantweb Insight suite with gateways, access points, location anchors and personnel tags certified for hazardous conditions. 

The software includes a safety-mustering feature that shows which employees have or have not checked in to their muster points during an emergency; man-down alerts that allow personnel in dangerous situations to initiate an alert for emergency response teams; and a geofencing feature that designates perimeters around areas and sends an alert if and when that perimeter is crossed.

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