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The location of the tags is then displayed graphically on a PC – here, the positions of five tag-wearing IBM workers are displayed onscreen.
According to IBM, one global petroleum company is already using this product to track the whereabouts of staff on an oil rig.
In the event of an emergency, each staff member can be located or the system can be used to set up a system of permissions and warnings – for example, should an unqualified staff member stray into a potentially dangerous area of the rig, the relevant personnel can be notified and accidents averted.
Photo credit: Jo Best