Dow Pipeline Co., an operating company of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co., manages some 4,000 miles of pipeline along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts-including some areas that are too remote for cell phone network coverage.
Those coverage gaps could cause problems for the 80 to 100 Dow technicians who maintain the pipeline. Though all have mobile radios in their work trucks, a technician could be in trouble-with no means of communication-if an accident or other emergency occurred while the worker was outside of the vehicle. So with the safety of its pipeline technicians in mind, Dow set out to develop a system to ensure that it could quickly locate any of these remote workers if an emergency response was ever needed... Read more
handy device uses inclinometer tilt sensor for additional safety alerts...good read.