Tended has today started a trial of its geofencing technology with AmcoGiffen and its trackside teams.
The trial comes after two years of successful geofencing technology development alongside Network Rail’s Safety Task Force. The technology has received official product acceptance from Network Rail and Tended is deploying the solution within AmcoGiffen to demonstrate its capabilities in improving site safety and efficiency.
Using high-precision geofencing technology, Tended’s solution allows planners to improve the safety of their rail projects by defining critical details onsite prior to work starting. Using an online dashboard, planners can map out safe and unsafe zones over their worksites, define safe access points and routes and plot the location of critical safety assets.
Workers are assigned a small wearable device that provides real-time alerts when they cross a geofence boundary, alerting them of their potentially dangerous position and helping them regain situational awareness.
Using an well-established network, Tended’s Wearables achieve cm-level accuracy to help notify workers as soon as they are in a potentially unsafe situation, such as reaching the minimum distance required from an open line. This network provides UK-wide coverage, meaning no onsite infrastructure or hardware is required.
By incorporating Tended’s revolutionary geofencing technology into its daily operations, AmcoGiffen is pioneering the future of safety technology on the railway and leading the way for safer UK rail infrastructure.
This trial demonstrates AmcoGiffen and Tended’s shared ambition to use the latest technology to prevent accidents and near misses and to help ensure everyone returns home safe and healthy every day.
Recognising that user adoption and engagement are crucial elements for trial success, AmcoGiffen will receive full onboarding and employee engagement support led by Tended’s in-house Behavioural Science team.
It is expected that feedback and results from this trial will help the wider industry understand the potential for geofencing to improve trackside worker safety, and the ability for Tended’s technology to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, preventable accidents, near-misses and fatalities on the UK’s rail network.
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