Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach is set
to redefine safety standards at sea with In:Range, a unique
system capable of locating anyone on a vessel or offshore
installation in real time. The plug and play technology is
simple, easy to install, low cost and, according to the team
behind it, could save countless lives at sea.
With In:Range ScanReach has solved a problem nobody else has. The
firm has created a system and technology capable of sending and
receiving data signals wirelessly through any structure,
including steel. Utilising a combination of advanced radio
technology and intelligent software algorithms and protocols,
signals sent from bracelets worn by crewmembers are picked up by
sensors that simply plug into standard power points. This data is
then transmitted to screens on the bridge or, during incidents,
to emergency services, land-based facilities or nearby ships.
The result is a real-time overview of the exact location of all
personnel, negating the need for lengthy (and often dangerous)
searches and ensuring that those that need assistance receive it
as quickly as possible.
"InReach is Superman," states Arild Sæle, CCO, ScanReach. "Plug
it in and suddenly you can see through walls to know exactly
where your crew are located and how to get to them quickly if
they need help. From saving individuals to conducting entire
vessel evacuations in a fraction of the usual time, this
technology can fundamentally transform safety standards at sea.
What's more its applications are almost limitless."
Jon Roger Nesje, CEO, says that he expects the offshore, energy
and merchant shipping sectors to be the first to seize on the
potential of In:Range, but that other sector markets and uses
will develop rapidly.
"Cruise for example," he states. "If passengers were issued with
In:Range technology upon boarding then the crew would always be
able to find and assist them when required. The system can also
be used as a simple, reliable and incredibly powerful platform
for wireless data exchange. Equipment that gathers data, such as
smart ropes or condition monitoring systems, can use In:Range to
transmit data straight to the bridge, giving officers real-time
insights and leading to safer, more effective and efficient
operations. This can be used as the cornerstone of smart ships -
it can empower the shipping industry of tomorrow."
In:Range has undergone extensive testing and will have completed
rigorous pilot tests on a number of vessels, including North Sea
Shipping's North Sea Giant, before its official launch at the end
To ensure privacy for those wearing the transmitters, the
system's default setting is 'sleep', springing to life in a range
of situations, such as when alarms are sounded, the wearer
presses a button, or movements are made that show distress. The
system is robust, reliable and, despite its advanced nature and
artificially intelligent data transmission and capturing
capabilities, simple to operate and maintenance free.
The firm was established in 2015 and is a backed by a strong and
stable group of investors, including Momentum Partners.