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Plans Call for RFID Technology That Could Pinpoint Workers During Emergencies

An oil and gas company is installing a solution to locate personnel in the event of an emergency at its construction site in Newfoundland, Canada, using radio frequency identification technology provided by systems integrator Focus FS. The system consists of active RFID tags, readers, exciters and software from GuardRFID Solutions.

During most emergency events, oil and gas workers and construction crews are instructed to report to mustering locations, where they can be accounted for and evacuated in a short time. However, when hundreds or thousands of individuals need to be located within a minimal span, performing headcounts manually via paper and pen or by scanning barcodes printed on ID badges is not a very efficient method.

The Newfoundland oil and gas firm (which has requested to remain unnamed) asked Focus FS to provide a personnel-evacuation system that would allow the locations of individuals to be identified during an emergency in an automated manner, thereby offering management a real-time view into where everyone on site is located.

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During most emergency events, oil and gas workers and construction crews are instructed to report to mustering locations, where they can be accounted for and evacuated in a short time. However, when hundreds or thousands of individuals need to be located within a minimal span, performing headcounts manually via paper and pen or by scanning barcodes printed on ID badges is not a very efficient method.

The Newfoundland oil and gas firm (which has requested to remain unnamed) asked Focus FS to provide a personnel-evacuation system that would allow the locations of individuals to be identified during an emergency in an automated manner, thereby offering management a real-time view into where everyone on site is located.

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