Digital Transformation in Personnel Safety

Wireless instrumentation for industrial use has been with us for more than a decade. The extra sensing devices are being used to improve performance in reliability, efficiency and overall production. But how about personnel safety?

It’s critical to know the location of plant personnel in times of abnormal situations or even in normal situations, such as being properly trained for the current location.

The Plantweb digital ecosystem includes a scalable range of technologies, applications and services. One of these solutions, Location Awareness provides real-time, safety-focused monitoring of plant personnel.

In this quick, 1:40 video, Enabling Safer Facilities and Safeguarding Personnel with Location Awareness Technology, Emerson’s Amanda Alexander describes how this new location solution uses WirelessHART anchors and tags to digitally transform personnel safety initiatives in industrial facilities.

The Plantweb Insight Location Awareness application analyzes the location data and provides an interface that streamlines the management of key safety program elements such as mustering, safety alerts and geofencing.

In this 2:54 video, Digitally Transforming Safety Within a Plant Using Location Awareness Technology, Emerson’s Tom Bass describes the barriers that have previously prevented more widespread adoption of safety measures. Cabling infrastructure requirements and the weight of the location trackers have been the main stumbling blocks. WirelessHART communications networks remove these barriers.

Tom explains four use cases to help improve overall personnel safety performance. These include: geofencing to identify work zones requiring specific training to enter, hazardous area avoidance, safety mustering management, and use of safety alert buttons to quickly notify emergency responders.

Visit the Plantweb digital ecosystem section on and specifically the Location Awareness page for more on this and other digital transformation solutions.

You can also connect and interact with other digital transformation experts in the IIoT & Digital Transformation group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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