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Siemens offers real-time locating system

06 August 2020

Siemens has used a combination of hardware and software to develop a new solution for the challenges that companies face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution enables companies to quickly and efficiently control how employees interact with one another, with the production line and with the plant setup.

Image: Siemens
Image: Siemens

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The integrated digital twin helps the company to simulate the safety of employees, to test and optimise the setup of work areas, to validate safety measures, and thus to design future-proof production lines.

The Simatic RTLS Real-time Locating System offers companies a means of measuring, monitoring and maintaining social distancing between employees. Through the interaction of wearable RTLS transponders with infrastructure devices, the movement of employees in all clearly defined areas can be tracked, while observing all applicable data protection regulations.

The additional SieTrace software from Siemens processes the location data from the transponders using an algorithm and determines the distances between employees. If the social distance falls below 1.5 metres, a warning signal is sent to all persons involved via the e-link display of the transponder. This ensures that social distancing can be implemented continuously on company premises, and also means that in the event of a risk scenario those employees who could be affected by the risk are identified quickly and reliably.

In addition, the real time data provided by the Simatic RTLS can be combined with a digital twin of the real production environment. In the event of an employee contracting COVID-19, companies can then determine possible interaction scenarios between employees. Possible “hotspots” for particular risk areas can be identified quickly and easily. Large cost-intensive hygiene measures across the entire site can then be avoided in favour of a focus on specific areas.

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