August 16, 2019
iTRA are in the development stage of a new App named “Tager” which allows the user to electronically tag items (hence the name). Currently, development is targeting a process to support and enhance the electronic PTW system and also as a potential replacement of QR codes.
The App can be used on any (intrinsically safe) mobile device, with Tag entries directly visible to the process controller / Permit Authority.
The App essentially works on item and environment recognition. Once the designated item is identified, the user applies the App (tap of a screen) with that “Tag” transferred directly to a database or control system.
Whilst the existing Permit to Work system remains essentially unchanged, Tager would add an additional layer of control. A Permit Authority, using a device, applies the Tag to the process, plant or equipment, linked to relevant supporting documentation. This Tag can only be applied and removed at the PTW site, not remotely.
The electronic Tag interfaces with the existing PTW but also locks out the process, plant or equipment. The process / plant / equipment cannot be re energised until the electronic Tag is removed by the Permit Authority.
Tager may also be used to enhance or replace the more traditional QR code. Tager would electronically interface with existing processes and not only provide direct visible access to information imbedded in a QR code but overcomes a significant QR Code weakness - longevity of the Code in harsh environments.
Early days, but the results are promising.
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