Tracking People During Emergencies Using RFID

June 12, 2017 Kris No comments exist

RFID technology can easily be applied for applications that best fit your needs to track people during emergency situations. Track where personnel are during an emergency, ensuring peoples safety, quickly dispatching the safety crews, and verifying evacuation and safety procedures.

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Advanced RFID Technology

RFID tags come in many different varieties to fit most applications which can co-exist with your current time tracking or door access system. Smaller form factors are available that can fit the size you need to ensure the tag is non-intrusive to the person’s task at hand.

 

The tags can be fit with lanyards, Velcro, or other mechanisms to make the tags easily carried by the person being tracked. Once the person has the tag, that person can be tracked through a manufacturing facility, an office space, a field, a tool yard, or anywhere needed.

 

Active RFID

 

Active RFID, such as InfinID’s V-Tag™ mesh network, makes it easy to place location tags through a facility. These tags are available in weather proof casings enabling tracking in remote areas such a fields or equipment yards. These location tags work on batteries and can be placed from a few feet to a couple of hundred yards apart.

 

An Active RFID system can be implemented quickly enabling you to track people in locations that you would have needed expensive GPS devices in the past. With Active RFID, you can track people anywhere as they move freely without the need for portal technology. Active RFID also works on battery technology, meaning you do not need to any wires from the location tags.  In most cases, the batteries in the tags last for three to six years before needing to be replaced.

 

Advanced RFID Software

 

Off the shelf software, like InformaTrac Pro, makes it extremely easy to setup and use RFID. The software allows you to easily setup locations, readers, antennas and associate people to RFID tags. See floor plans, view restricted areas, alarm violations, record complete movement genealogy, and easily display reports all on the web. Because the software is web enabled and browser independent, you can view all this information on any device, including your mobile phone.

 

Emergency/Safety Tracking

 

When you know where everyone is, it makes it easy to make sure everyone is in a safe area in case of an emergency, such as a fire or a toxic gas leak. With Active RFID V-Tag™ technology, you can easily place tags throughout the facility and at safety points. When an emergency happens, you can quickly determine everyone is at a safe location. And, if not, quickly let emergency crews know who is safe and who is in harm’s way.

 

Evacuation Verification and Search & Rescue

 

If there is an emergency, such as a fire or chemical leak, it’s extremely important to know everyone has been evacuated safely. Simply place location tags at key evacuation gathering points and get up to the minute verification where everyone is. If anyone is still located in affected areas, know where they are, giving precise locations to emergency crews to assist in their rescue.

 

Preventing Emergencies with Alarmed Maintenance

 

Sometimes you can stop an emergency before it happens. React fast when an emergency system is affected, such as situations where process temperatures or pressures rise above certain thresholds. Automatically alarm process and safety sensor thresholds using SCADA technology, such as PcVue Inc.’s SCADA software. Once the alarm occurs you can use the RFID software to dispatch the closest maintenance engineer to fix the problem before it turns into an emergency.

 

React Quickly and Prevent Bigger Emergencies

 

Once the emergency is known, the RFID system lets you know where everyone is in the area. Knowing exactly where your personnel are at enables you to quickly get the trained emergency response team to the right place swiftly while alerting others to a safe evacuation route.  This limits liabilities while preventing further damage and injuries.

 

Conclusion

 

Today’s RFID technology is ready now to enable you to implement a safety and emergency response system to give you the information you need in real-time to make better decisions for the safety of your personnel. This data is readily available for safety and emergency response teams to lead people to safety and potentially save lives.

 

Let InformaTrac help you to increase your awareness, enable you to present real data to your colleagues and managers, empower you to make better decisions and improve your overall success.

 

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