Crew Location Device

Voyage Manager and Omnisense have teamed up to develop what they call the world’s most advanced system for locating passengers and crew in real time, aimed at improving response times in the case of an emergency and reducing the chance of fatalities.

CAMBRIDGE ALLIANCE TO AVOID A ‘TITANIC II’

Two Cambridge UK technology specialists have teamed up to improve the safety of passengers and crew at sea.

The move by travel tech company Voyage Manager and real time location business, Omnisense, is timely following the Costa Concordia disaster and falls in the centennial of the Titanic’s sinking.

The partners said that despite many improvements in maritime safety in the intervening century, avoidable deaths continue. They say that the speed of the rescue process has proven to be a key determinant of survivability – but say this is hampered by a total lack of information about passenger and crew locations, necessitating a slow and painstaking room by room search of the vessel.

Voyage Manager and Omnisense have teamed up to develop what they call the world’s most advanced system for locating passengers and crew in real time, aimed at improving response times in the case of an emergency and reducing the chance of fatalities.

The system delivers an easy to use, easy to manage method for tracking the location of people as they move about a ship, one which places no additional demands on its users.

This is essential because it is by achieving near-100 per cent usage rates that the value of the system will be maximised in the case of an incident.

“The technology developed through this partnership will not only benefit passenger ships, but also cargo and production vessels, as well as on-shore and off-shore oil installations,” said John Scott, CEO of Voyage Manager.

Andy Thurman, CEO of Omnisense, added: “Our systems for sensing position and behaviour are uniquely flexible and easy to deploy, providing added assurance in the ability to account for everyone on board in the case of an incident.”

Source: Business Weekly

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