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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.
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.Core RFID.
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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