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April 19, 2018

Smart wristbands alert offshore companies when employees are in danger

Norwegian technology startup ScanReach has unveiled In:Range, a system to pinpoint the location of crewmembers working in potentially dangerous environments by sending and receiving data signals through any structure.

By JP Casey

Norwegian technology startup ScanReach has unveiled In:Range, a system to pinpoint the location of crewmembers working in potentially dangerous environments by sending and receiving data signals through any structure.

Sensors are plugged into conventional power sockets and communicate through radio waves with bracelets worn by crewmembers, which contain smart algorithms. This data can then be transmitted to screens on board ships or, in the case of emergencies, land-based facilities and nearby ships, providing a real-time overview of the location of all personnel.

“InReach is Superman,” said ScanReach CCO Arild Sæle.

“Plug it in and suddenly you can see through walls to know exactly where your crew are located and how to get to them quickly if they need help.

From saving individuals to conducting entire vessel evacuations in a fraction of the usual time, this technology can fundamentally transform safety standards at sea. What’s more its applications are almost limitless.”

In:Range has completed rigorous pilot testing on a range of vessels, including North Sea Shipping’s North Sea Giant, before its full launch at the end of 2018. While the service’s most obvious use is for offshore construction companies, who will be able to monitor the position and safety of their workers, ScanReach CEO Jon Roger Nesje considers the technology to be useful in a range of industries.

“On cruises, for example,” he said. “If passengers were issued with In:Range technology upon boarding then the crew would always be able to find and assist them when required. The system can also be used as a simple, reliable and incredibly powerful platform for wireless data exchange.”

In order to protect the privacy of those wearing the wristbands, the devices are set to ‘sleep’ mode by default, but are activated when alarms are sounded, or when the wearer presses a button or makes movements that show distress.

The company was founded in 2015, and has received funding from groups including Momentum Partners.

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