Smartzone Management Control System

MEWP has been fitted with a Smartzone management control system.

This control system uses a card reader (IPAF ‘Smart PAL or other approved Smart Card), which only allows approved persons to operate this machine – by touching their card on the reader. It is not possible to start the machine using keys alone.

Information is instantly downloaded, providing hours the machine is being used and by whom. It is also possible to get information on the location it was used.

As well as obvious safety benefits, there can be cost saving benefits through efficiency savings. The machine can be used by more that one contractor and charged based on specific usage. Reviewing machine usage could identify underutilised machine and influence redeployment vs on/ off hiring.


  • Prevents misuse of machines and ensures only competently trained persons operate machines, making things safer;
  • Dramatically reduced the likelihood of machine damage and the associated costs;
  • Full details of who used the machine, when and for how long is instantly available on any computer registered;
  • Potential to reduce the amount of plant required onsite through better knowledge management.

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