Apprion, a company that delivers industrial wireless application systems and services for the process manufacturing industry, recently released the latest version, R2, of its ION Location Application and ION Access Control Application as well as IONite Personnel Tag and IONite Asset Tag. The new releases of the ION Applications and IONite Tags bring new features, functionality and form factors.
ION Location is used for tracking and monitoring employees, contractors and tagged assets with a map-based graphical dashboard. ION Access Control, on the other hand, wirelessly monitors access to certain defined plant areas while keeping track of personnel and contractor staff. Both of these applications use IONite Tags to keep real-time records of who is in a facility, as well as what areas they have entered or exited.
Version R2 of ION Location adds location tracking via mobile devices, live tracking and history views, new reports, and grouping by rule, condition and zone. The latest version of Ion Access Control adds zone entry and exit alerts, work permit authorization and management, and live tracking of location changes.
IONite Personnel and Access Tags, meanwhile, feature a smaller form factor, making it easier to equip employees and contractors with one of the Wi-Fi-enabled tags.
"With recent safety incidents making headlines in the Process Industries, the need to have a quick and accurate safety solution that allows you to account for all people on a facility in an emergency situation is being discussed more and more," said Jason Glende, Apprion VP of Sales, in a statement.
"Our customers have expressed their elevated concerns for personnel safety and that they must follow stricter compliance mandates. We are working closely with them to continually improve our solutions like ION Location and ION Access Control to address these safety concerns and enable managers to respond quickly and effectively to a safety incident and improve total accountability goals in less than half the conventional response time."
In December, Chris Witte, site manager at BASF, Freeport, TX, won the Chemical Engineering's Plant Manager of the Year Award. Apprion nominated Witte for the award. Apprion and BASF have partnered on many projects in the past, actually completing a site-wide Wireless Application Plan together at BASF's Freeport, TX, location a month prior to Witte winning his award.
Edited by Brooke Neuman