Mobile mustering and Identity Verification technology could save the lives of oil and gas workers in remote locations. That is the verdict of Human Recognition Systems, the identity assurance management specialists, who are championing the use of mobile technology to boost safety and security in remote or hazardous areas.
In an article published on EnergyGlobal.com last month, Neil Norman, Founder and CEO at Human Recognition Systems, cited a potential employment boom in the oil and gas industry as the reason that now was the time to adopt mobile ID verification and security at offshore rigs and other remote facilities. This is especially true since the technology could ultimately save lives.
The MSite Mobile security platform by Human Recognition Systems was developed with the help of several leading petrochemical companies whose workforce is spread across multiple remote locations across the planet. The system allows energy companies to deliver consistent workforce management, regardless of location.
As Norman explains, one of the primary benefits of mobile technology is the ability to establish instant mustering points in the aftermath of an incident.
He wrote: “From a health and safety perspective, mobile devices can be deployed to establish instant mustering points during incidents, with integrated smart card or biometric technologies used to automatically verify a worker’s identity and their safe location on a site. This provides essential roll call information to incident response teams in the event of an emergency, such as their last known location, photograph, date of birth and blood group, even if the main access control server is unavailable; enabling rapid response and minimising unnecessary exposure to dangers.”
The Benefits of Mobile Mustering
Highly portable, yet equally robust technology places important information in the hands of management staff. The benefits of the MSite Mobile system go beyond mobile mustering to general workforce management; ensuring that the right workers, with relevant skills, are in the right place.
But despite the clear benefits to workplace safety which mobile ID verification provides, many organisations continue to rely on manual or static data collection. In doing so, Norman argues that management is placing workers at risk.
He continued: “By introducing cloud-based management technology and extending the access control system to mobile devices, energy operators can enforce a consistent employee identity standard and integrate this information with existing access control solutions. Doing so offers real-time information for mustering or skills spot-checks to both prevent and support an emergency. By providing operatives with mobile devices such as the MSite Mobile system, informed decisions can be made.”
Human Recognition Systems have already helped a number of high profile energy companies to integrate mobile technology into their systems for recording and monitoring worker information.
In the near future, the company believes that more businesses will be encouraged to follow suit. Norman believes that many begin by integrating mobile devices into their identity and skills management systems.
MSite is designed to work in conjunction with a site’s existing physical access control system (PACS), providing a handheld extension to the access control, ID and mustering system.
The next step even further down the line, will be for enhanced automation of these processes, with remote access control application and geo-targeting of workers through mobile devices.
For more information on mobile access control, ID verification and mustering at offshore facilities, pay a visit to http://www.hrsid.com/markets/oil-gas or call +44 (0)151 254 2888.