Lone Worker Safety: Monitoring Technologies

What you’ll need to know when you’re choosing a device for lone worker safety

monitor checking smartphone on jobsite

In the third part of our January Tech Check, we’re looking at technologies available to protect lone workers. SafetyLine supports a variety of technologies, which means that you may have a tough decision when it comes to purchasing devices. In this guide, we’ll break down the capabilities of each device, and outline some common usage scenarios.

Phones

Phones are one of the most-used methods of accessing SafetyLine for a good reason. Whether employees use a landline, cellular, or satellite connection, phones are cost-effective and ubiquitous.

Many of SafetyLine’s key features are available from our toll-free phone menu. Workers can call in check-ins and panic alarms, while Monitors can receive emergency notifications. By setting up speed dials, you can even perform actions with a single button press.

Rugged cell phones and satellite phones allow remote workers to stay connected, and suit many work conditions. Landline phones can be used at fixed locations and when wireless networks aren’t available. For organizations with high security, phones are often preferred over technologies like wireless data.

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Smartphones

Smartphones provide lone workers with the most features, and the best user experience. SafetyLine provides smartphone apps for all major platforms. Currently supported platforms include iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone.

Besides check-ins and panic alarms, SafetyLine’s apps provide premium features. App-specific features include GPS breadcrumbs, man-down alerts, and phone notifications. With SafetyLine’s phone interface available, smartphones also provide multiple ways to communicate.

Smartphones are a great tool for accessing SafetyLine. SafetyLine’s apps provide a simple and reliable way to check-in without a secondary device. Best of all, our app lets employees use SafetyLine with the smartphone they’re already familiar with.

Satellite Devices

Satellite devices can integrate with SafetyLine to provide safety monitoring outside of cellular service. While other device types provide more features, satellite devices are well-suited for many environments.

Remote workers can use satellite messaging devices anywhere that they have GPS reception. Available SafetyLine features include checking in, ending monitoring, and sending a panic alarm. Each action also sends location data to SafetyLine, making search and rescue possible.

Besides connecting people off the grid, many satellite devices come designed for the elements. If a rugged device is important to you, choose a satellite device that’s water proof, dust proof, and even impact-resistant.

SafetyLine Web Interface

The SafetyLine Web Interface gives full access to SafetyLine from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. The SafetyLine Web Interface is a great fit for many industries and occupations.

Our Web Interface provides a unique set of tools for each type of SafetyLine user. Lone workers can use the Web Interface to check-in and update their emergency contacts. Monitors can respond to emergencies using voice messages, detailed maps, and Worker profiles. The Web Interface gives Administrators the ability to adjust user details, policies and procedures.

For people who work alone in an office, SafetyLine’s Web Interface can be ideal. For those working remotely, the mobile view provides access from a smartphone or tablet.

Conclusion

SafetyLine works with the devices you already have. Ideally you won’t have to buy any new equipment. We hope that you find this guide useful of you do find yourself buying devices for your lone workers. Focus on the environment your workers will access SafetyLine from, and the communications available. Make sure that the devices you choose provide value to your organization and can be used for functions other than SafetyLine.

 

 

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