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Windshield and Mirror Company Gains Evacuation Visibility With RFID

Ficomirrors is using an RFID-based evacuation system from Smart Technology Group at its Polish facility to better manage the locations of its workers in the event of an emergency.
By Claire Swedberg

Knowing who is onsite at any given time, as well as whether or not all those individuals have left the premises during a fire or other emergency, is critical. In practice, however, companies like Ficomirrors found that managers often cannot be immediately sure that everyone is safe.

Smart Technology Group provides two versions of its evacuation system: one that identifies employees in specific zones and another that identifies them only at evacuation or mustering points. The firm provides a UHF RFID tag on a lanyard for each employee, with RFID readers installed at doors or gates. As individuals with RFID-enabled badges pass the gates, the tag IDs are read, thereby linking each badge to a specific individual. Those IDs are then displayed for managers in the software.

Smart Technology Group's Karolina Kozłowska
The readers forward the collected data to the software (which resides on a cloud-based server) via a cellular connection. The data can be accessed via a user ID and password from a PC, laptop or tablet device. In that way, personnel at each collection area can view who has reported to that location and who remains unaccounted for. According to Smart Technology Group, the readers can capture as many as 350 tagged individuals simultaneously as they pass near or through a gate.

Users of the software can view when each individual passes a specific read, the direction in which he or she is moving, and thus whether that person has been safely evacuated or is in harm's way. It also enables managers to view the number and identities of employees who need to be evacuated.

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