Contact tracing for the oil and gas industry

Crew Companion now offers a contact tracing feature

IDENTEC has launched a new contact tracing feature for their personnel safety solution Crew Companion, known to improve safety of staff on oil & gas assets, now features a digitised contact tracing.

Crew Companion now offers a contact tracing feature helping operators in the oil & gas industry to keep their staff safe and operations running during a global pandemic.

Crew Companion combines both, flexible hardware and software to offer real-time information when it’s needed most – in case of an emergency. In addition to Crew Companion’s standard personnel safety functions, the solution now offers a supportive, fully automated contact tracing tool. By taking away the inconvenience of manual contact tracing, the new feature allows operators to quickly identify and isolate staff members who are suspect of an infection such as COVID-19.

“The new contact tracing feature not only takes away the inconvenience of a manual process but also helps operators to act socially responsible in times of the global COVID-19 pandemic. By offering a fully digitized and automated contact tracing tool, we believe that we can add another layer of safety to the health of offshore staff while at the same time ensuring operational uptime”, explains Jens-Petter Haugen, Product Manager at IDENTEC.

How does it work?

By logging various parameters such as zones visited, duration of interaction with potentially infected staff, estimated time of infection and geographical team presence, a risk level can be assigned to each staff member. This gives an indication, based on historical data, if further measures need to be taken by the operator. For example, if staff should get tested or not in case an infection occurs on site. This way operators can take individual targeted actions rather than ordering a lockdown for the whole operation.

The zones, risk levels and other parameters can be fully customized to comply with the individual HSE requirements of every customer.

Free update for SMA customers

The contact tracing feature is available free of charge for existing IDENTEC oil & gas customers who are covered by a Support & Maintenance Agreement (SMA):

“It is important that especially in challenging times, we do everything we can to make our customers’ lives a bit easier, helping them to stay safe while avoiding a complete lockdown of their operations. That’s why we have decided to come up with this feature free of charge for our SMA customers. It is equally available for Crew Companion and for the previous solution Watcher Personnel”, states Urban Siller, CEO of IDENTEC.


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