AeroScout®, a provider of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, announced a new Evacuation Monitoring solution for improving worker safety and operational efficiency for organizations that might have emergency events. Ideal for process manufacturing plants, metal and ore processing facilities, oil and gas refineries, mining operations and many other customers, the innovative solution leverages standard Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide real-time visibility into the location and status of all personnel, contractors and visitors during emergencies or drills.
Tracking on-site personnel is traditionally accomplished using clipboards and walkie-talkies. AeroScout’s Evacuation Monitoring solution automates this process and provides visibility and situational awareness to support time sensitive decision-making. The solution also provides valuable information for post-event incident investigation and continuous process improvement. In addition, it facilitates compliance with various government regulations, such as MSHA, ATEX 137 and DSEAR, which require hazardous sites to have detailed emergency plans, performance goals and documentation for regularly scheduled drills.
“At those times when every second is critical, AeroScout’s Evacuation Monitoring solution provides visibility to improve the chances of a positive outcome,” said Janet Chaffin, President at AeroScout Industrial. “In fact, we’ve measured reductions in evacuation drill times by up to 50 percent, which can translate into hundreds of man-hours saved per year in drills — and potentially lives saved in actual emergencies.”
The AeroScout Evacuation Monitoring solution provides a visual online dashboard that shows where each person is on a facility map during a drill or actual emergency. It also indicates when each individual has safely reached a mustering area or other safety zone. Key features of the solution include:
- Automatic electronic roll call and muster site counts
- Real-time personnel locations
- Integrated man-down alerting and tracking
- Management reporting tools for post-drill and event analysis
- Support for evacuation planning and regulatory compliance
Stanley Black & Decker acquired AeroScout in June 2012 to help transform safety, security and operational efficiency for its customers. With more than 800 customers worldwide, AeroScout offers market-leading visibility solutions that include Evacuation Monitoring, Work-In-Process (WIP) Visibility, Temperature & Humidity Monitoring, Parts Replenishment and Equipment Visibility.