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Speedy Services Manages Vibration, Conference Attendance, Equipment Rental via RFID

The company has spent more than a decade building RFID solutions that enable automatic onsite equipment rental for customers, as well as tracking the amount of hand vibration to which construction workers are exposed and providing personalized information to delegates at its annual exposition.
By Claire Swedberg
Jun 11, 2017

Since construction equipment rental company Speedy Services developed its onsite automated hire solution known as ePod, deploying ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology to automate the borrowing and return of equipment, its customers have reported an average of $17,000 in project savings, according to the company.

In the meantime, during the past few years, Speedy Services has taken its RFID adoption several steps further, by offering an RFID-enabled hand arm vibration (HAV) monitoring system for clients' worker safety. What's more, it offers an RFID solution for managing delegates at its annual Speedy Expo event.

An ePod
Glyn Matthews, Codegate's product manager and previously Speedy Services' head of transformation, described the deployments at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held last month in Phoenix, Ariz.

Codegate provided the technology for Speedy's ePod equipment rental solution and the Expo delegate-tracking system. Speedy's HAVWear system to monitor hand arm vibration was provided by Reactec.

HAV has been an issue on construction sites for several years. More than two million workers are reportedly exposed every year, and 300,000 suffer from advanced stages of symptoms in the United Kingdom alone. There is no cure for symptoms such as white finger—an industrial injury triggered by the continuous use of vibrating handheld machinery—and it can take several years for symptoms to be evident, Matthews told attendees.

Speedy Services began using Reactec's HAVMeter nearly 10 years ago, identifying assets via low-frequency (LF) RFID on-metal tags on some tools to help users track vibration and its impact on operators' limbs. Reactec has now updated this solution with wearable HAVWear monitors that machine operators wear on their wrists to directly measure HAV levels.

The HAVWear monitor incorporates a built-in RFID reader that captures transmissions from the tagged tool being used by an operator. In that way, Speedy Services' customers can track not only the amount of vibration to which an operator was exposed, but also which tool was being used and for how long, in order to better identify when the operator needs to take a break from the activity to minimize risk.

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