New WLAN HiMoNN system to improve construction safety

Lootah BCGas and iABG demonstrate WLAN based tracking system for use in the construction industry

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By  Mark Sutton Published  April 13, 2009

UAE gas engineering specialists Lootah BCGas has demonstrated a new wireless solution for safety and security on construction sites.

The HiMoNN (Highly Mobile Network Node) system, developed by iABG of Germany, uses WLAN access points as radio reference points that can track WLAN tags and position them on interactive real time maps.

The system, which was originally developed for military and border control use, will be deployed in construction environments for a number of purposes, such as monitoring of workers in hazardous environments, tracking of vehicles and other assets within sites and intrusion detection in secure areas.

The HiMONN system does not require a fixed network infrastructure, and can be deployed rapidly in an ad hoc manner, while the self-configuring network can handle text, data, and video information in networked applications, with data fed back to an operations centre. With interactive displays collating data from a number of sources, site management are able to monitor the situation in real time, and plan response to incidents much more easily.

Dan Danesh, general manager, SS Lootah International explained: “The new system exemplifies SS Lootah’s trend of bringing innovation and technology to the region, that contribute to enhancing social and environmental sustainability. Our tie-up with iABG is in keeping with our strategy to bring expertise in knowledge based sectors to the region through world-class partnerships. HSE is a prime concern for most industries today and Lootah BCGas hopes to contribute to this in a big way.”

Thomas Sichert, Director, iABG said: “We are very happy to be partnering with Lootah BCGas in bringing this technology to the region, demonstrating the UAE’s willingness to embrace new trends and technologies. The new system is set to revolutionise HSE especially in construction and public safety and the UAE is sure to lead the way for more such state-of-the-art systems to be deployed in the region.”

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