The chemical and petroleum industries are steadfast in theircommitment to the safety of their personnel and the efficiencyof their operations. And yet these facilities often encompasslarge areas, multiple levels and complex layouts. Workers, con-tractors and visitors are often surrounded by highly flammable,corrosive or other potentially dangerous materials. In emer-gency or safety drill situations, it can be exceedingly difficult toquickly learn who has been evacuated, who is still missing andwhere the missing persons were last seen. While this criticalinformation is gathered, rapid response can be delayed, andincorrect and potentially time-consuming decisions made in di-recting rescue and accountability activities.Even under routine operating conditions, costly, critical equip-ment and materials can all too easily be lost or misplaced.Efficiency can drop and needless resources spent finding orreplacing the needed items.
A comprehensive solution
To address these issues, IBM has developed a solution com-posed of hardware, software and services that can provide yourfacility with a customized way to improve personnel safety andsecurity in critical areas–while also helping you increase theproductivity of high-value capital assets and materials.IBM’s solution is based on advanced radio frequency identifica-tion (RFID) technology, an area that IBM helped develop andone in which we continue to be a worldwide leader. Althoughdesigned initially for petroleum and chemical sites, this solu-tion can also be used effectively in other potentially hazardous,high-security or complex facilities, such as healthcare facilities,manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills.This new solution–the IBM RFID Solution for asset tracking,location awareness and safety for chemical and petroleumindustries–uses sophisticated identification badges and assettags to meet your facilities’ unique safety, security and asset-location needs. For safety and security applications, employees,contractors and visitors to hazardous or secure areas of yoursites can be provided with a badge containing an integratedRFID transponder. To constantly monitor the location of keytools, equipment and materials, an RFID tag can be affixed tothe assets.A network of receivers throughout the site picks up the uniquesignal transmitted by each specially tagged ID badge or assettag. Areas where privacy issues outweigh safety concerns canbe screened from monitoring. A computer then monitors theexact location of the tag and provides identification and loca-tion information to the dashboard, as well as identifies eventsthat deserve attention by facility personnel. Watching a displayshowing a site plan of your facility, your safety team can knowthe exact location of each person wearing a “location aware”badge. Likewise, production personnel can track the location ofkey assets throughout the monitored areas of the facility.
Traditional methods of managing access and accounting for thelocation of personnel in hazardous or secure areas are oftendifficult to manage, prone to human error and neglect, and slow
IBM’s leadership in RFID technologies now extends to a solutionthat can bolster personnel safety and security by making it mucheasier to know where employees, visitors and key physicalresources are located.