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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

A user can put the device on his or her wrist at the beginning of each shift, and the device will then capture the unique ID number of the HF RFID tag on any tool used by that individual, thereby tracking the level of vibration exposure based on his or her time with that tool. At the end of the shift, the wristband is placed in a docking station, where data can be uploaded to a server and viewed by management or that employee.

The HF labels were developed to withstand construction environments, yet still allow a user to write tool details to it, says Richard Harrison, CoreRFID's technical sales director. The most recent version of the label was designed in 2016 to be highly durable for the construction environment, with an adhesive strong enough to enable the device to be mounted onto a variety of surface materials.

HAVwear, released in 2016, was deployed by construction equipment rental company Speedy Services (see Speedy Services Manages Vibration, Conference Attendance, Equipment Rental via RFID). Since that time, the company has been working on firmware upgrades, as well as on building a Bluetooth radio into the wristband that could transmit data directly to a supervisor's mobile phone. The company also released a HAVwear app to allow supervisors to view data on their smartphones in real time.

Additionally, Reactec has added analytics features, enabling management to better identify trends regarding tool usage and the amount of vibration exposure caused by specific tools. "It's all about prevention," Anderson states. If the software identifies that a worker is regularly exposed to a large amount of mechanical vibration, for instance, a company can provide him or her with retraining to modify that person's behavior and improve his or her health.

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