SEER Technology uses Toughbook Computers as Part of New Personnel Safety Solutions

SEER Technology, Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, creates products that save lives by enabling customers to “see what can’t be seen” in dangerous environments.

SEER Technology has two offerings. The AccuSense Chemical Recognition System gives first responders the capability to detect and identify multiple unknown chemicals, and their concentrations, in a field deployable unit with simple, one button operation. AccuSense has applications for HAZMAT, public safety, industrial settings and the military. For instance, for industrial chemical manufacturers responding to a chemical spill incident, AccuSense provides the capability to assess, quickly and accurately, the potential danger from chemical gas exposure, thus enabling the implementation of response protocols to protect workers and the surrounding population. By wirelessly communicating detection data from the deployed AccuSense instrument back to a remote PC displaying analysis results, the AccuSense system protects first responders from unnecessary exposure to harmful chemical compounds. Additionally, it can be used for day-to-day workplace safety monitoring, fence line monitoring to pinpoint the source of unknown vapors being reported as well as process monitoring to help ensure there are no leaks.

SEER also offers the NAViSEER Personnel Tracking System. This system allows organizations to “see” personnel deployed in GPS denied environments such as buildings, urban and natural canyons, tunnels and foliage canopies. The NAViSEER Personnel Tracking System combines a device worn on a person’s back with SEER3D visualization software running on a remote PC. SEER3D presents the deployed person as an avatar moving through a 3D model of the involved geography. This technology has numerous applications within correctional facilities, as well as for the military, mining operations and secured facilities such nuclear power plants, national laboratories, airports and refineries.

In order for these proprietary software and hardware solutions to be used, they must be paired with a laptop. The company began researching various laptop options and finally decided on Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers. Because nearly all the applications for these solutions take place outside the four walls of an office, the company needed a mobile computer that could handle the bumps and drops that come with deploying a computer in the field. Additionally, the Toughbook laptop features a standard serial port, which has been phased out by most laptop manufacturers. This was critical as a serial port is the only way to connect both the NAViSEER and AccuSense to a computer. Panasonic assured SEER Technology that the serial port is crucial for most Toughbook users, and there are no plans to eliminate it from future Toughbook computers. Finally, because both SEER solutions involve multiple hardware components, the Toughbook laptop’s built-in handle allows for greatly improved portability.

So far, in various testing scenarios, the Toughbook mobile computer has been a tremendous success. SEER reports the Toughbook computers have performed flawlessly, without a single computer failure, which, in these applications, could mean the difference between life and death. Both these solutions have been extremely well received across numerous industries where personnel safety is of the utmost importance. This year, both products will move out of their testing phase and will be available for purchase, with initial deployments happening in the spring. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as these solutions roll out worldwide.

You can find more information about applications for Toughbook computers online.