8 November Asset and Personnel Tracking in Tunneling November 8, 2017 By Gina Wurms construction, tunnel |Bluetooth Low Energy|, |server based| 0 A tracking system is dedicated to help increase workforce efficiency, safety and productivity on tunnel construction sites. At a glance real-time localization of persons & goods location overview on digital map improved safety due to emergency tracking & gas detection Problem Definition The construction of underground tunnels is characterized by high risks during project execution. Workers face many dangers since they are working under reduced light conditions, with difficult or limited access and egress, and with the risk of fire. In emergency situations, locating employees in a timely manner is crucial in order to be able to evacuate them safely. An ongoing challenge is also the planning and coordination of resources (personnel, material and vehicles). Each tunnel project is a highly complex process in which all the individual steps require precise planning. If disturbances or alterations crop up during the project execution phase, management often struggles to react efficiently and in a timely manner. Solution A tracking system provides real-time information on which zone individuals and assets are currently located in. The continuous monitoring of the construction progress at every stage enables highly efficient process control. The reporting of personnel times and locations within the tunnel can facilitate big improvements in the effective and efficient deployment of personnel. It is possible to ensure that workers are only assigned to areas or undertake tasks for which they have sufficient induction and authorization. Tasks and alerts can be automatically generated and transmitted to a worker's smartphone if desired. In an emergency, the tracking system enables to quickly locate personnel, which ensures safe and thorough evacuations, and supports fast and targeted search and rescue operations. Furthermore, the workers' beacons can respond to gas leakages, making a commitment to protect the workers' health. Technical Implementation The tracking system uses strategically placed infsoft Locator Nodes that detect Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in order to monitor personnel and assets underground. The beacons are carried by workers – either in the safety helmet or integrated into the ISO card – or are attached to vehicles and other equipment. For presence monitoring, one Locator Node per tunnel section is sufficient, and there is no need for mapping or calibration, which results in minimal installation work. In order to realize atmospheric monitoring, the beacons can be equipped with additional sensors that measure any gas leakages. It is also possible to protect hazardous areas. If a beacon is detected in the area, an alarm is triggered so that evacuation or rescue measures can be taken. All relevant data are consolidated in real time and can be evaluated with graphics and diagrams by infsoft's Analytics engine at any time. Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Indoor Navigation and Asset Tracking in Hospitals In healthcare facilities, the use of an intelligent tracking system allows for asset localization as well as wayfinding throughout the hospital building. Read More Monitoring and Asset Tracking in the Healthcare Sector This use case shows you how you can locate and protect patients and employees in a clinic, and provides you with an intelligent asset management solution. Read More Tracking of Cleaning Vehicles and Personnel in a Tunnel This use case by infsoft describes how during tunnel cleaning, a real-time localization system serves to increase safety for road users and employees. Read More Asset Tracking and Temperature Monitoring in the Laboratory In a laboratory, indoor localization and tracking can be used to monitor laboratory samples. Read More Asset Tracking and Indoor Navigation in a Clinic A large clinical complex with several hundreds of thousands square meters has a lot of departments. Those departments on the one hand share certain medical equipment, for example a mobile X-ray machine. Indoor positioning services help to locate that medical equipment. Read More Cart and Wheelchair Tracking at an Airport At an airport, a tracking solution can help visualize and actively monitor asset locations, increasing passenger satisfaction while improving staff efficiency. Read More Comments are closed.