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Reference Number NIA_SPT_1701
Title Development of a lone working device, incorporating satellite communications and fall detection.
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SP Energy Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 April 2017
End Date 01 December 2017
Duration 8 months
Total Grant Value £60,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SPT_1701
Objectives The main objectives of this project regard the development of a system which will allow emergency calls to be made when mobile phone service is unavailable, and will have the functionality to place an emergency call when a fall is detected. The delivery of the above objectives, within budget and within agreed timelines, as is reasonable depending on the knowledge at this stage of the development phase. The project will be managed within SPEN applying due diligence and best practices where appropriate. The staged outcomes will include reports and specifications available for other licensees.
Abstract Often, substation inspectors and linesmen are required to work alone and in remote locations. In order to meet lone working requirements, they must have a way to be able to call for assistance if an incident or emergency occurs. This is not always possible in these locations however, as the mobile phone coverage across large areas covered by our transmission and distribution networks are, at best, patchy. This cannot therefore be relied upon There are satellite phones which can be used for this purpose currently. However, these cannot always be used in emergency situations - for instance, if the user is incapacitated or unconscious. There are also devices that contain fall detectors and can make emergency calls, but these all use the mobile telephone network, leading to the original issue of coverage. The project will develop a system which will allow a mobile smartphone to use the satellite network for communications when the mobile phone network is not available. This will take the form of a phone sleeve, and will also incorporate a fall detector. The fall detector will be able to record the user’s location details, and the monitoring software will be able to record and display this on the cloud-based viewing platform.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 09/08/18