Rosler shows smart PAL card
By Maria Hadlow19 April 2010
German telematics specialist, Rosler, has been working with IPAF (International Powered Access Federation.) to develop a smart PAL (Powered Access Licence).
The PAL card is internationally recognised proof that the holder is trained in the use of the access equipment listed on the card. Rosler has taken this a stage further by imbedding a transponder and a special ID number.
Rental companies can equip their machines with a small transponder reader and the necessary electronics to restrict use of that piece of equipment to only personnel who have been properly trained. A machine operator will present his PAL card to the transponder reader and if he is trained and has the necessary clearance he can then start the machine.
The electronic PAL card not only restricts machine use to qualified users it can trace hours worked to a particular operator as well as any accidents or damage to the machine.
Companies which already use telematics to monitor machines may find the smart PAL card gives them added security and traceability. Rosler is demonstrating the prototype smart PAL card on its stand F11 1102/1 and on the IPAF safety experience stand F10 N1016/1.