Mobile Computing In The Nuclear Industry

Mobile computing provides early fault detection and can save nuclear plants staff time, trouble, and expensive repairs.

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant

Due to the radiation hazards of nuclear power plants and the damaging effects of radiation on humans and the environment, a considerable amount of careful monitoring is required. For example, the technological components of a nuclear power plant break down over time and require replacement.

Similarly, radiation levels around nuclear power plants need to be detected and measured with Geiger counters and dosimeters. Early detection of dangerously high radiation levels ensures that humans can limit their exposure to radiation and avoid potentially fatal health problems.

Mobile computing through the use of smartphones and tablet computers has many potential adaptations in nuclear power plants management. Mobile computing permits two-way communication between field workers and management. In time-critical situations where workers may be adversely affected by walking into areas where radiation levels have climbed above maximum permissible limits, mobile computing messages could be used to quickly alert all plant employees in the event of a nuclear accident.

According to a 2012 report by Idaho National Laboratory, a power plant outage may cost up to one million dollars per day. Using mobile technology has the potential to increase the accuracy of recorded data and reduce costly human error during an outage.

Similarly, a mobile data collection system on smartphones and tablet computers could also function as an employee aid when a field worker was using radiation detection equipment or handling containers of radioactive waste. The mobile system could be utilized to record data collected by radiation detection equipment or to track the location and movement of radioactive containers from a plant to a disposal site.

Adopting a mobile computing system such as COMMANDmobile® would lead to significant increases in productivity, efficiency and savings for many nuclear energy organizations. Additional advantages include:

Information collected and transmitted in real time: The COMMANDmobile system enables information to be quickly gathered and sent to senior management for fast decision making as needed.

Customizable forms: COMMANDmobile enables the production of survey forms which can be customized for various jobs to be performed by field workers.

Increased worker efficiency and productivity: Field workers and senior management can easily communicate via e-mail; geotagging information permits senior executives to track employee progress and reroute jobs when necessary.

Ease of adoption: The COMMANDmobile system includes native applications for iPhones, iPads and Android and provide web-based support for other mobile computing platforms.

Ease of employee adaptation: Tutorials and FAQ (frequently asked questions) sections are built into the COMMANDmobile, so that employees may quickly learn how to use the COMMANDmobile system.

To learn more details about COMMANDmobile, view our product information video or ask us for a demo.

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About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

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