PHILADELPHIA -- Pegasus Technologies (www.pegasustechnologies.com), a leader in IT-based security solutions and services, is proud to announce that its innovative deployment of CRYPTOCards (www.cryptocard.com) user-friendly two-factor authentication tokens has enabled Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to positively identify field workers by phone during the critical Red Tagging process instantly eliminating 60 percent of associated travel time. LCRA estimates this improved efficiency has saved 450 worker hours per year, which represents a project payback time of seven months.
With approximately 2,200 employees, Central Texas-based LCRA generates and delivers electricity, provides water supplies and flood protection, and manages the waters of the lower Colorado River basin. LCRAs Red Tagging or Lockout/Tagout procedure ensures all equipment at the Fayette Power Projects (FPP) three coal-fired generating units is safely shut down to prevent accidental release of stored energy before maintenance staff begin servicing machinery.
Since equipment can contain stored electrical energy, air, water pressure, or super-heated steam flowing through piping (often at temperatures above 1000 degrees), Lockout/Tagout is a very serious and meticulous process, said Virginia Moreno, Senior Safety Representative, LCRA.