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Power Plant Turns to RFID for Site Safety

CLP Power Hong Kong deployed an access-control solution to monitor and protect employees.
By John Edwards
May 14, 2012—Hong Kong has long been described as a city of lights. In the evening, particularly when viewed from a boat in Victoria Harbor, the city-state appears ablaze in vibrant lights of many styles and colors.

CLP Power Hong Kong is responsible for a significant share of Hong Kong's nightly light show. A subsidiary of CLP Group—one of the largest investor-owned power producers in the Asia Pacific region—the company supplies electricity and related services to some 5.7 million customers throughout the city-state's Kowloon and New Territories districts. The firm operates a pair of generation stations on the outskirts of these territories, each dedicated to supplying the energy required to power lights, office systems, household appliances and everything else that runs on electricity in those areas.

The Safely On-Site System (SOSS) records the arrival of each bus.

Producing power efficiently and reliably requires the combined efforts of a large and diverse workforce. Every day, more than 2,000 technicians, maintenance workers, office staff members, outside contractors and other individuals enter and exit CLP's Power Hong Kong's stations via multiple access points. In 2009, to obtain a comprehensive view of those entering and exiting its plants, and to enhance the sites' security and safety, CLP Power decided that it was time to launch some form of comprehensive tracking and monitoring system.

Getting Started
CLP Power faced a unique situation while launching its quest. Though many power stations and similar types of industrial facilities employ card-reading turnstiles to identify individuals entering and leaving their facilities, CLP Power did not have this option available, says Joe Locandro, CLP Power's group information technology director, since the company's entrance areas are small and congested—a common scenario in space-starved Hong Kong. "They are always filled with trucks and staff buses waiting to enter, particularly during peak hours in the morning," he states. CLP Power's reliance on shuttle buses to move personnel and guests between different work locations also made turnstile use impractical. "We needed an innovative way to address our business objectives."
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