Since it was implemented, the Automated Emergency Roll Call system has transformed the way Ferrero conducts its evacuation exercises and any real-life events. Gone are the clipboards, paper and pen that would be necessary in a manual evacuation system. With the BLE solution, the company management knows in seconds that its people are safely evacuated, or who still needs to be located.
The confectionary company plants are also able to ensure they comply with all regulatory health and occupational safety requirements. In addition to its automatic people counting feature, the system tracks the number of practice exercises conducted and the total time of the exercise as well as the results.
The system was deployed quickly without the need for hardware cabling for gateways or readers. Instead, the cell phones or tables of safety personnel provide the location data that is so critical in an emergency, with no added effort. The software uploads and download critical data from a cloud-based server via a cellular connection.
Since the solution went live Ferrero has conducted firefighting exercises in compliance with occupational safety regulations, and during the exercises the time of the full evacuation was vastly reduced, while the accuracy of results rose.
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