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U.K. Technology Company Tracking Vibration Exposure Expands to Connected-Worker Solution

Reactec is preparing the launch of a system to monitor the conditions and locations of employees, ensuring their safety and enabling them to summon help, via HF RFID labels on tools and ID badges from CoreRFID.
By Claire Swedberg
May 06, 2019

Reactec, a provider of hand and arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) technologies, is expanding its HAVwear RFID solution that captures data regarding how tools are being used and when personnel are at risk from excess vibration exposure. The system, first released in 2016, uses RFID technology to link a particular worker with a specific piece of equipment. More recently, the company has been planning to offer more analytics that will allow businesses to track other data about the locations and statuses of personnel, including when they may require emergency assistance.

Reactec's wearable HAVwear device, designed for the construction, civil engineering and manufacturing industries
The Connected Worker solution, slated to be released at the end of May 2019, will include an additional device that can be worn by personnel. Connected Worker, as well as existing HAVwear systems, comes with HF 13.56 MHz on-metal labels compliant with the ISO 15693 standard, which were supplied by Core RFID.

Leif Anderson
Reactec sells its wearable technology and data-analytics system for health and safety in the construction and heavy equipment operations industries. The company is an Edinburgh University spinoff that initially offered vibration consulting, according to Leif Anderson, Reactec's chief technology officer. The firm provided assistance with questions from construction firms related to vibration. Eventually, one client approached the company seeking a technology-based solution to HAVS.

The early version of the HAVwear system was an RFID-based device that could be attached to tools, Anderson says—but that, he notes, was "a large bulky device with ergonomics shortcomings, and it didn't track interactions with humans." In 2014, the firm began developing technology that could be wearable. Its engineers built a device resembling a ruggedized wristwatch that workers in the construction, civil engineering and manufacturing sectors could wear.

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