RTLS and the Injury-Free Workplace

Posted by Advanced Mobile Group on Apr 25, 2017 2:00:20 PM


Real-time location services (RTLS) work to make large-scale operations more efficient. Factories, refineries, manufacturers need to know, in precise detail, where things are in large operations. Otherwise, it may take hours to locate vital resources, shipment or tools. Losing any expensive equipment, and taking the time to find it, reduces productivity and profits.

RTLS saves companies money, but it also reduces injuries in the workplace. Since human resources are your most vital and expensive assets, you need to protect those investments. Injured workers reduce productivity, but they also raise your insurance costs. RTLS streamlines operations, provides real-time visibility and efficient asset management. At the same time, it also protects your workers 

Discover why you need an RTLS system in place for your workers in your facilities. 

Personnel Safety Systems

Thanks to GPS and RFID tags, technology can locate any worker at any given location at any time. These high-tech systems let you automate safety features, lock out/tag out protocols, locate personnel in case of an emergency and restrict access to dangerous areas. The system identifies unsafe situations, alerts the proper personnel and allows people to take immediate action before an accident occurs.

For example, a forklift could move at a speed above the speed limit at the same time two workers come upon an intersection with the forklift on foot. The RTLS system can alert the forklift driver and the two pedestrian employees of an imminent collision, thereby giving everyone involved a chance to take action. 

Think about the future of this technology if it becomes even more automated. At dangerous intersections within your facility, a crossing gate or barrier can lower whenever a forklift gets close to an intersection with pedestrians. The barrier prevents people from walking until the forklift passes, almost like a railroad crossing signal. 

What RTLS Does Now 

The current state of technology for RTLS allows managers, supervisors and human resources to do several things. RTLS can assess how many workers are within a given area, which workers have the right permits to be in certain areas, whether workers recognize any heavy machinery or equipment near them, and if there are any unescorted visitors on the premises.

Personnel safety systems related to RTLS use industrial-grade sensors to locate smart security tags embedded in IDs. These tags relate to relevant information stored in the computer system, and then the software can analyze which workers are in which locations. The sensors pick up on the tags and then relay the information to the computer software. This gives managers an instant picture of what’s going on in a particular location.

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Bottom Line for You

The bottom line for you means extra safety and security for your facility. Safe workers are less prone to accidents and injuries. This keeps your employees on the job rather than on the sidelines for several weeks with an injury. RTLS can keep workers away from dangerous areas and situations while letting manages optimize work routines and movements throughout a large facility with hundreds of people.

In terms of security, the system analyzes work permits, contractor statuses, visitor locations and virtual fences to warn of any unauthorized entries into sensitive areas. You can instantly lock down an area if there is a security problem.

There’s more than just worker safety on the line when it comes to this type of detection system. RTLS can prevent damage to the structure of a facility, keep machinery from breaking down and identify areas that need improvement with regards to safety.

Overall, when you prove to insurance companies that you reduce accidents and keep a safe work environment, your insurance costs go down with regards to liability, workers’ compensation and even group health insurance. Saving money on your overhead allows you to invest that money elsewhere, such as better equipment, more efficient processes, new products or services, or more people for your team. 

Automating and improving your security protocols means you get to hire more people since you get to focus more on the core of your business model.

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How We Help

Advanced Mobile Group provides solutions for your safety initiative by showing you how to mobilize your workforce while following safety protocols and precautions.We enhance your wireless infrastructure needs by optimizing efficiency, maximizing space utilization and ensuring accuracy in shipping and handling.

RFID tags and mobile solutions work with your existing software, whether you need to locate products or people. If you need something more advanced, we can create a wireless infrastructure that meets your needs with regards to wireless security, connectivity and bandwidth. We work with you on projects big and small to improve your bottom line, reduce accidents, prevent security issues and make your workplace safer. 

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