Tech advancement expands Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, creates secure, cost-effective way to safeguard industrial manufacturing workers
ST. LOUIS (Oct. 3, 2018) – Emerson today announced the launch of Location Awareness, a new offering in its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem that advances industrial safety to protect employees at refineries, chemical plants and oil and gas platforms. By leveraging the secure industrial wireless infrastructure, this personnel location system offers industrial companies an enhanced option to protect their most important asset – workers.
Emerson’s Location Awareness technology could help reduce more than 70 percent of common personnel-recordable incidents. Used for safety mustering and man-down events, Location Awareness gives managers a snapshot of employee locations through rechargeable wearable tags. In an emergency, when every second counts, managers can quickly account for employees’ locations in the plant or facility and act to ensure safety.
“Safety is one of Emerson’s core values, and this latest technology advancement will help us bring new levels of safety to manufacturing workers across the globe,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “We know that installation complexity has been a major roadblock to sites considering similar solutions. With its fast, simple installation, Location Awareness is making it easier than ever before to implement a best-in-class safety system to protect employees.”
With scalable features, Emerson’s Location Awareness is the first personnel safety technology powered by the WirelessHART infrastructure, a secure standard adopted in tens of thousands of plants and facilities worldwide. It can be installed in just days, compared to weeks for existing systems, and costs less than half of traditional, existing alternatives.
The Location Awareness 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.
Emerson Location Awareness
The Plantweb Insight Location application provides an intuitive user interface with features for geofencing, safety mustering and man-down alerts
Data from Personnel Tags is detected by Location Anchors and is communicated through the Access Points and Gateways to the user interface.
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The Location Awareness system provides you with real-time, safety-focused monitoring of your most valued resource - your people. Enabled by WirelessHART® Anchors and battery-operated Personnel and Asset Tags, our Location Awareness system is less than half the investment of existing WiFi location systems. The Plantweb™ Insight Location application includes geofencing, safety mustering, and man-down alerts, helping you digitally transform your facility's safety.
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Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.