- The FireFly Kit Allocation and Control system is a Hardware based solution for the control of employees with the Kit that has been issued to them
- a) It controls the issue and return of up to 8 different kit types. These types may include cap lamps, methanometers, loco keys, loco lamps, igniters, etc.
- b) An employee with allocated kit types may not proceed past a certain point if specific kit types were not allocated. The check is done at any normal access control point. An example of this is: in the mining industry where the employee may not go underground without having his kit allocated and tested.
- c) At the end of the shift, employees may not exit the premises if the allocated kit types have not been returned. An example of this is: in the mining industry where the employee must have returned his Kit before being allowed to pass through the turnstiles controlling the exit from the crush.
- d) A reader next to the methane tester verifies that the instrument passed calibration. This action allocates the instrument to the employee. At mines where this system is employed, it was found that before the introduction of the FireFly checking system, workers went underground with failed units bypassing the checking systems of the equipment supplier or service provider.
- •The system uses a dedicated FireFly Controller operating as a Kit Application Server.
- •Up to 16 FireFly Controllers may be attached to the Kit Controller.
- •All Reader Terminals are connected to the Fire Controllers and not to the Kit Controller.
- •The Kit Application database is dynamic and requires no set-up or maintenance.
- •A Controller Browser interface is standard and is used for set-up and enquiry purposes.
- •The Kit system can handle Kit transponders supported by Readers.
- •It can check calibration.