Digital boost to life-saving devices

Credit: Olev Brovko

Life-saving devices utilising wireless technologies are starting to come on to the market thanks to disrupting start-ups seeking to improve crew safety and improve MOB rescues.

While shipping has been utilising digital technology to streamline operations and find ways to save money or cut emissions, it has taken longer for the benefits to reach life-saving appliances. However, start-ups are attempting to disrupt this vital area and improve the life-saving kit that seafarers rely upon, often in novel ways. Norwegian-based ScanReach, with its mobile device that operates on Wi-Fi connectivity to locate crew with pinpoint accuracy is one such disruptive company.

“Clients require the need to have visibility and the need to track people in a ship in an emergency situation. This system reduces the time to locate people on board,” said Jacob Eide, chief business development manager, ScanReach. The ScanReach system utilises plug-in sensors and mobile watch-type devices worn by crew. In an emergency, the ScanReach system can be switched on by the master of the vessel where they can locate all crew on board.

The technology, officially launched at Norshipping in June, uses Wi-Fi technology so there is no need for wiring. “We think that this is the most important technology ever. We can send signals through steel, which is totally new to the industry and lifesaving for the maritime industry,” said Eide.

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