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Mobile App for Warship Workers

A new mobile app has been launched to prevent workers from getting lost on warships.

Workers building the UK's largest ever warships are using a mobile application to stop them getting lost inside the vessels.

The app allows workers to scan QR codes with their phones, which will then display navigation routes around the ship.

The app was created when workers discovered conventional satellite navigation was not able to penetrate the ship's structure.

The platform navigation app, dubbed 'Plat Nav' works by allowing shipyard construction workers to use an encrypted application to scan a QR code located at compartment entrances, before typing in their destination. The app will then display the best route.

The app is primarily designed for new workers and visitors to the ship, but will also help experienced employees when their regular route is blocked.

Mick Ord, managing director at BAE systems Naval Ships said: "These are the largest and most powerful warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy so we need to keep finding smarter, safer and more efficient ways of working.

"Platform Navigation is a truly innovative device as it provides greater visibility within complex environments so that employees can concentrate on the task in hand, which for us means delivering the nation's flagships."

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