Axcess Scores Safety System Order in Far East
Axcess has secured a contract for providing a wireless ID system in support of advanced workforce management applications that will improve the safety of workers on a large oil platform in the Far East. It will be the Company's second oil platform implementation and the first to include a new safety feature for automatically monitoring workers for injuries on the job. MicroWireless-based IDs have been successful in automatically securing perimeters and internal facilities and in counting worker "in/out" status to comply with industry emergency evacuation regulations such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) federal laws in oil and gas, mining, petrochemical, utility, transportation and government operations. Now, with nano-positioning sensors implemented inside Axcess' Dot MicroWireless CredentialTM, an individual worker’s on-the-job status and location is automatically monitored by the RFID-based system 24/7 to alarm in the event of a serious injury, commonly called a "man-down" situation, arises. On April 21, 2010 an explosion on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon, left 15 workers injured and 11 of the 126 workers unaccounted for hours after the incident. The Axcess contract, valued at around $100,000, is one of an estimated market opportunity of 300 off-shore oil platforms. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, over 115 million employees in the United States alone work in industries where physical injuries are commonplace.
"Our Dot MicroWireless Credentials have been proven to add significant value in industrial safety. Emergency evacuation accounting and injury monitoring solutions are closely related, necessary and available today," commented Allan Griebenow, President and CEO of Axcess International. "The returns include legal compliance and improved life safety."
The wireless ID badges are the same size as traditional badges yet have wireless transceivers and a battery embedded inside. The devices which are activated automatically have been proven to last years, individually programmed for each required operation sending small, reliable messages around the local facility. The MicroWireless architecture is designed specifically for these local area applications while other technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or ZigBee are poorly suited due to size, cost or power consumption limitations.
Dot Wireless Credentials, based on Axcess' patented MicroWireless technology, together with AxcessViewTM software comprise a system that enables existing access control systems to be expanded easily into advanced workforce management solutions. Dot solutions also augment existing access control software with automated identity-related information. Dot provides local position determination, tracking, sensing and control capabilities, leveraging MicroWirelessTM technologies to implement a unique Control Point Location System (CPLS) architecture. Axcess systems are sold through distributor, dealer and integrator channels worldwide. The most implemented applications include personnel access control, emergency evacuation, process automation, compliance reporting, productivity metering, asset protection via custodianship assignments, advanced workforce management, and contractor and visitor time and attendance. MicroWireless ID badge technology is viewed as the next generation in access control and business credentials.