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Areva NP uses Ubisense software in nuclear plants to find workers in emergencies

February 10, 2009 - Areva NP deployed the Ubisense Real-time Location System for a critical safety application within their new central archive complex in Erlangen, Germany. The system has been installed and configured by Dynamic Systems, a specialist in industrial identification and monitoring.

The archive stores plans and other printed building documents for up to 90 years as required by the regulations and laws governing nuclear facilities. In order to prevent loss or damage due to fire or water from the use of extinguishers, a system is installed which floods the archive with nitrogen. In such a situation, it is imperative to be able to immediately locate and find all personnel precisely and reliably to facilitate rapid rescue and evacuation. "It's important for us that the location system works reliably in emergency situations to support our rescue personnel and that it conforms to all the current standards and regulations. That is the reason why we decided together with Dynamic Systems to work with Ubisense," commented Dr. Orgent Seydel at Areva.

Dynamic Systems and Ubisense have delivered a complete solution using networked sensors and active tags to Areva, providing personnel tracking within an area of 1,800m2 of the archive, which is divided into several individual rooms. Visitors and employees are registered and supplied with a location tag upon entry. The integrated Ubisense 3D Visualisation provides a graphical indication of where the personnel are at all times. In addition an associated list is maintained, indicating in real-time exactly in which areas the staff are located.

"Our system is seeing increasing application in personnel safety, monitoring people who work in hazardous environments," remarked Terry Phebey, VP sales EMEA at Ubisense AG. "We are very pleased to be working together with Areva NP and Dynamic Systems in this trendsetting application."

About Areva
AREVA NP, an enterprise of AREVA and Siemens, is the world leading nuclear technology enterprise. Located in France, Germany and the USA, the company employs 17,300 personnel developing reliable technological solutions for competitive power generation free from CO2. AREVA draws strength from being an all-round authority within nuclear power stations, covering reactor development, power station service and the production of nuclear fuels as well as the turn-key building of new nuclear power stations.

About Ubisense
Ubisense is the market leading vendor of precise RTLS (Real-time Location Systems) based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology. The company delivers complete solutions based on a highly scalable and reliable real-time location platform that is being deployed in mission critical applications around the world.

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