Forklift Enabled by Employee Badge

Ensure safety and compliance for your company forklift operations so only properly trained and authorized forklift drivers can use equipment. Driving the forklift is enabled by an employee badge scan. One manufacturing company forklift report showed an operator drove the forklift for 56 hours straight. You can see obviously that’s not what was happening.

First, this company’s prior solution was forklift operator use was enabled Bluetooth Beacons. Secondly, the beacon was detected and authenticated by their on-board Android application to register usage and task completion. Thirdly, the company failed to account for operator ‘creativity’, as operators left the beacon on the forklift. Finally, This enabled anyone to drive without proper approval and management. This made it impossible for the company to know which employee was responsible. Additionally, they did not know who was completing forklift tasks.

Ditch The Beacon – Use Employee Badge To Enable Forklift Driving

This company opted to use the Serial Device Manager (SDM) libraries to integrate the idChamp® NF4x employee badge reader into their forklift application. 

The idChamp® wireless employee badge reader family connects to any Android, iOS, Windows 10, or MacOS device wirelessly. In this case, idChamp® NF4x badge readers are fixed on the forklift which is simultaneously providing power to the idChamp® NF4x and the Android tablet. Users scan their badge on the idChamp® NF4x and when they are an approved driver, are logged into the application. When logged in, this enables the forklift to be driven, and marks task progress and completion. Once done, or after a certain amount of time, employees are logged out of the app so the next employee can badge in as needed.

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Note: the video states the SDM is free, this was an old policy, the SDM is optionally available for a fee.