Technology

Powered access sector starts digitalisation of certification

1 December 2020

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will start to digitalise the industry’s certification and booking processes with the launch an operator app in 2021.

Partnering with Denmark-based member firm Trackunit, IPAF will release the free-to-use ePAL app next April. It will feature a digital IPAF PAL Card, log book, and operator safety guides.

Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO & MD, said: “Developing this app is a key priority for IPAF and we are excited to team up with Trackunit to bring its considerable technical expertise to bear to roll this out in 2021, delivering a digital solution to connect IPAF and the operator for the first time.

“IPAF’s ePAL will bring benefits for operators and IPAF training centres alike, will allow users to store their digital PAL Card and log book and to help communicate important safety and technical messages direct to the operator.

“The goal is to streamline and digitise our processes, including issuing and renewing IPAF PAL Cards and helping operators keep track of their machine operating experience via the digital logbook function.”

The app will initially be offered in English with other key IPAF languages to follow. It will be available for Apple iOS and Android devices and will be continually updated with additional features added as usage demands and technology allows.

Søren Brogaard, CEO of Trackunit, added: “We are delighted to be working with IPAF on this exciting new digital innovation; it will be a real game-changer for the industry, allowing MEWP and MCWP operators to store and share their training accreditation, log equipment usage, gain access to machines and geo-fenced work sites safely and securely, and to obtain important safety and technical information at their fingertips. I am sure the app will be very popular with users and mangers and take-up will be strong.”