Safety & Security
CRITICAL ISSUES RELATED TO SAFETY & SECURITY IN THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PERSONNEL
- Complexity of continuous monitoring of information on dangers and the harmfulness of work environments, both indoors and outdoors (e.g., temperature, noise, toxic fumes, smoke, radiation, etc.)
- Difficulty assessing current and regular compliance with work safety procedures even if aligned with best practices and the recommendations of agencies with jurisdiction
- Trouble promptly handling interventions when potentially dangerous situations are found
- Difficulty coordinating rescue operations after incidents happen
- Challenges in managing the inherent risks of dangerous activities using prompt assessment and systematic performance of all intended preventive measures
- Difficulty of timely detection of conflict situations and danger to personnel due to inadvertent interference or threats or aggression by other individuals
- Difficulty with the exact, complete identification of all persons in an area when fast, coordinated evacuation is needed that uses effective communications and follows crisis procedures
SAFETY OF ASSETS
- Complexity of monitoring assets and preventing theft and damage to company property
- Difficulty identifying and monitoring the attendance of internal or external staff and visitors in different work environments
- Difficulty monitoring functional information from devices or equipment and related diagnostics, needed to prevent breakdowns and improper use of assets under inappropriate conditions
SAFETY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
- Difficulty monitoring and tracking the occurrence of events that threaten the surrounding environment such as the release of harmful substances or the exceeding of critical environmental thresholds (temperature, pressure, mechanical stresses, etc.)
HOW TO TACKLE CRITICAL ISSUES? RTLS HAS THE ANSWER
Systems for locating and tracking people and assets (RTLS) and the use of distributed sensors and actuators can make a significant contribution to the management of these critical aspects of workplace safety.
Taking advantage of the potentials of cloud computing and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) along with the smart use of RTLS solutions optimised for safety and integrated with management systems and business intelligence – even legacy systems – makes it possible to obtain tangible results in creating a safe work environment, and is also beneficial in terms of greater productivity, efficiency and competitiveness.
› Systems for continual locating of people and assets, with the use of electronic tags with small footprints, can detect positions (2D or 3D) and events like falls, collisions or prolonged lack of movement and can monitor the use of protective equipment and the approach of rescue vehicles and staff. The area in question is completely mapped and prepared for the use of the most appropriate technology (GPS, GPRS, WiFi, BLE, LoRa, etc.) for the specific situation.
› Systems for unique identification, based on the use of biometric information (e.g., digital fingerprints, iris scanning, handprints, voice recognition, etc.) for internal and external personnel, who are identified and scanned upon their initial entrance
› Systems for real-time visualisation and analysis of anomalous situations, with direct intervention or the possibility of reconstructing events after the fact. An important side effect of this is the opportunity to analyse the mass of data collected in order to gain a better understanding of work flow and bottlenecks and then plan and implement actions for improvement.
› Monitoring done by using distributed sensing of dangerous activities using parameters like speed, acceleration, direction, movement, temperature, presence of gases and specific diagnostic data for tools or equipment. In some cases, it is also possible to have automatic direct intervention, using special actuators, to reduce risks further.
Compliance with the necessary precautionary procedures can be strengthened though prompt verification of specific checklists (on tablets/smartphones, or on tags) with confirmation of the completed execution of each of the required operations.