Lone Worker Tracking

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Lone Worker Security

Lone worker security is an increasingly important area. In part this is because organisations have a duty of care enshrined in law. This essentially states that the organisation should take reasonable measures to protect its staff and equipment them appropriately. With the proliferation of mobile technology, this typically includes some form of panic device. However the lone worker security market is also growing because in many areas, where two or more people would be on the same job, now a lone individual is sent to complete the task. The organisation saves on the man power but needs to compensate the lone worker with some other form of back up.  Lone Worker Security

Traditionally the problems with lone worker devices have stemmed from the cost and the need to keep the equipment charged and in good order. This has led to a profusion of app based solutions on the grounds that the worker needs to keep their smart phone in good order, charged and ready to go. However, sometimes using a phone can aggravate an already bad situation and discrete alarms are more suitable in those scenarios.

Depending on the area to be covered, as with all forms of communication, the network coverage is very important. This limits a smart phone app’s usefulness from time to time as the worker moves out of network coverage. These dead zones are beyond the control of the organisation. The same applies to fixed sites with cleaners and security guards at night. If there is no coverage on the site, then the solution will not work. This means that it is unlikely the one device suits all scenarios. It requires a mix of technologies and specific application of a solution to a given scenario.

Solution – Lone Worker Security 

The solutions to lone worker security are varied depending on the scenarios. There are smartphone apps, smart phones with panic buttons, dedicated GSM devices and then there are the specialist satellite and radio devices. The choice of device depends on the situation most likely to be faced. All devices use some or all of this basic set of attributes:

Emergency message –  panic button activation
Real time monitoring

The problem has very often been the cost of a dedicated device and then the running costs involved. This has led to a triage type approach where only the most needy or deserving have the devices. For instance, in local authorities, there are many lone workers but the cost limits the size of the deployment. The Orion system provides a radical way to manage the lone work security issue today.

Orion was built primarily as a site security system, providing data every two minutes when the device was stationary and every thirty seconds when the device is in motion. The Orion based panic device has a click switch to activate it. This means that lone workers can be monitored when in the range of a gateway at a site, such as an industrial estate or a hospital.

However, two innovations have moved the Orion solution on significantly. Because the device is small and robust with a battery that lasts for years, it is a simple device to issue to staff. There is nothing more than an annual service required. Some users are fitting a mobile gateway to vehicles. This means the lone workers can use the Orion based device when out and about. For the city of Glasgow this concept has been extended even further. Here the entire city is being covered with gateways which will provide a separate low cost data network, one application of which will be lone worker security.

Benefits – Lone Worker Security 

There are a range of devices and capabilities to tackle of number of different scenarios, all managed by a common software platform which can be accessed via the web using a secure login. This means the command and control element of the solution is independent of the choice of hardware.

There are a broad range of device options to meet different budgets and different operational requirements.

The SIM free Orion devices are ideal for large sites and because of the frequency of the update rate; they can be used to provide operational information on the area being covered by the lone worker. The system can cover everything from confirming that the person has arrived on site to verifying their activities on site.