Genie to standardise card readers on larger booms

Access platform manufacturer, Genie, is considering introducing ‘track-and-trace’ technology across its larger models

Track-and-trace technology could be made standard on all Genie access platforms of 20m and above.
Track-and-trace technology could be made standard on all Genie access platforms of 20m and above.

Genie has revealed tentative plans to standardise track-and-trace technology on its larger models.

The aerial work platform (AWP) manufacturer told PMV that the introduction could take place as soon as the second quarter of this year.

The technology, which is compatible with the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) latest Smart PAL Cards, would become the norm on all Genie booms of 20m and above.

“Genie has offered card-reading technology as an option for a number of years now,” said Sharbel Kordahi, regional general manager of Terex AWP, Genie’s parent company.

“We call it ‘track-and-trace’, and we’re seriously considering introducing this technology as standard on our larger booms – 20m and above – from Q2 2015.

Genie’s track-and-trace tool gives rental firms the option to prevent operators without the right Smart PAL Card from using their access platforms. Moreover, it allows fleet owners to access real-time information about how, where and when their machines are being used.

The manufacturer hasn’t yet confirmed a definite window for the roll-out of track-and-trace technology. However, Kordahi is confident that the move would have a positive impact on AWP safety in the Middle East.

“The majority of breakdowns occur when our machines are operated by inexperienced personnel,” he told PMV.

“Operators come with different skill levels; some are qualified, but others aren’t. These technologies, therefore, could help to protect both end users and the access platforms that they operate,” he concluded.

For a comprehensive round-up of the latest technologies from the AWP sector, including additional comments from IPAF Middle East and Abu Dhabi-based Safelift, check out the March 2015 issue of PMV.


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