Tracking systems are not only about keeping an eye on assets and equipment. Data-driven technology is transforming the way employers manage human resources by using monitoring tools to understand human behavior and their location in the workplace. Using data to improve processes and tasks is a powerful way to increase employee satisfaction. People in data-driven workplaces value the insights they can gain from company analytics. Moreover, information is made more accessible to employees. It is applicable to a variety of industries, especially those connected to critical infrastructure.
Police officers’ job is tightly connected to communication with people and interacting with delinquents, which creates a necessity to know the precise spot of police workers. Using a GPS or LoRaWAN-based device, police workers are in a much safer position interacting with potentially dangerous people. For example, if during an investigation, a police officer is happened to be in danger, and needs urgent reinforcement, they can just send a signal using a panic button or any other device, which can transfer messages containing zone coordinates.
Advanced Criminals Tracking
A tracking device in police cases can also help officers investigate crimes more effectively. For instance, as a rule, the GPS tracking device is small enough to be unnoticeably attached to a suspect’s car for days or weeks. Using the GPS tracking device helps police build a detailed picture of a suspect’s life if they relate to a crime or not, and so on. This information can include where they spend their time and which organizations they belong to. Some police departments even use GPS trackers embedded in ankle bracelets to enforce house arrest.
Improved Police Crews Coordination
Smart tracking devices make the work of law enforcement officers easier and faster. They help police officers track offenders and save lives. People at the police station will know where officers are in the shortest time possible, so they can get to a crime scene at top speed. Such an approach and technology can set new standards and efficiency minimum for police, which will greatly benefit the quality of services provided. The officers can be monitored more efficiently, without putting themselves in harm’s way. Technology is a very good tool, allowing law enforcement, and should be adopted widely.
For this use case, TEKTELIC SEAL can be considered a good choice as it is a reliable GPS, BLE, and LoRaWAN-based tracker created to quickly locate workers in the field for their better safety. It has an operable temperature range from -20°C to +50°C and has a battery life of up to 6-12 months, making this device a great choice for critical infrastructure. It has an embedded accelerometer and rugged IP67 design, so crews can use it in the industrial area if needed.
Increased Safety on the Streets
The tracking devices can also be used to track the density of police officers’ presence in certain areas. Monitoring the number of policemen present in suspicious areas helps increase public safety. By optimizing patrol routes, police can increase efficiency and reduce the number of criminal activity records. This increase in police presence will deter criminal activity.
Within an industrial environment, workers are often exposed to hazardous situations and difficult-to-use equipment. In order to ensure safety, it is reasonable for companies to order certain wearable devices, which will monitor their conditions and send SOS signals when triggered. They can help workers stay safe on the job by sending an alert when their helmets drop below a certain elevation or when they enter a highly-dangerous area. With this feature, you can see where workers are in real time, preventing potentially dangerous accidents.
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Actually, for the sake of safety and lone workers monitoring, TEKTELIC has developed FINCH, which is basically a panic button, sending SOS messages containing location details to the responsible staff right away when triggered by an employee. This device has low power and long-range communication capabilities together with up to 5 years of battery life. FINCH is super small and has a sleek unobscured design, which is suitable for any uniform and will not interfere with workers’ performance abilities.
Monitoring your employees in plants and other manufacturing surroundings with GPS-enabled tracking devices can provide a variety of benefits. These tracking devices collect information about how employees use the equipment and whether or not they are using it correctly. They can also help you prevent accidents by identifying unsafe behaviors and equipment misuse. Moreover, they can be used to protect your workers, such as during exigent conditions, by sending automatic location alerts in the event of a malfunction or an accident.
You might be wondering why hospitals should put tracking devices on ambulance workers as they do not have anything to do with lawbreakers or dangerous equipment. However, there are quite a few reasons for it. First of all, hospital workers have to deal with people and there there are still some risks for workers who come to emergency calls. With a tracking device, in turn, workers will be able to send an emergency signal right away for the necessary support.
TEKTELIC has long been working on this specifically and managed to develop ROBIN, which is an outdoor panic button. It is kind of unique device in its kind as it transmits data via both BLE and LoRaWAN. Besides, it is an outdoor tracker able to send precise location details even from far away places.
Ambulance Drivers Management
One more use of, so-called “people tracking” in healthcare is related to driver tracking in ambulance cars. Tracking devices can provide detailed information on drivers’ habits, such as idling or aggressive driving, and send them warnings if necessary. This data can be used by hospital staff to better manage their fleet of emergency vehicles. Also, knowing, where the ambulance car is, it is easier to adjust the route according to traffic jams and the emergency level of a call. Tracking devices have many benefits for hospitals. They can give emergency workers accurate and real-time information. For example, they can pinpoint the exact location of a particular ambulance on a map, and they can show them the routes to the hospital or other destinations. This can make it easier for them to reach patients.
Ambulance trackers can improve the safety of the patients as well. These devices can prevent ambulance drivers from exceeding speed limits when responding to an emergency. By giving dispatchers real-time information on where the ambulances are, emergency services can respond more quickly. That way, emergency workers reach patients faster and save lives.
Natural Disaster Management
Another point worth mentioning here is natural disaster management. When a large disaster strikes, hospitals lose power, leaving thousands of patients without electricity. It’s difficult to run a hospital without a source of electricity, let alone medical technology. Emergency services need these devices to provide timely help. Tracking devices, in turn, can help emergency responders pinpoint the closest crew to take out the patients who need to be under certain equipment support all the time.
Any Privacy Concerns?
Some of you may be worried about privacy and information leakage mistakenly related to smart tracking technology. Of course, there might be a hacker’s attack on sensitive information or some system corruption but the probability of such a situation is extremely low, especially if you choose a reliable provider of the asset tracking system.
Besides, to prevent privacy issues, employers must comply with strict regulations and notify workers about monitoring tools, rules to use them, and authentication outlines. One more important point here is to have the consent of employees before allowing your workers to wear a tracking device. Also, it is essential to document the reasons for tracking employees’ movements as when they know the purpose o monitoring, they’ll feel much better about it. Furthermore, the emergence of technology has also led to a proliferation of privacy protection laws. Many state and local laws protect consumers and employees from being tracked in their private time. So, if you clearly communicate the purpose of tracking and ensure data protection from third parties, you will not face any problems related to privacy.
Smart technology has changed nearly every profession, helping to quicker search, obtain and access information, not only for businesses but also for huge industries such as ambulance, police, and manufactury. Smart devices have transformed how emergency responders communicate and deal with different kinds of emergency shortage and challenges. Examples of emergency management technologies we mentioned here can save lives and improve situational awareness among emergency personnel.
Human tracking is definitely something we can expect in different spheres of society. There are many examples on board proving its efficiency already with many more examples to come. So, if you are concerned about the efficiency of your personnel, their safety, and general productivity, it would be reasonable for you to create your own tracking ecosystem.
TEKTELIC is actively developing new solutions in this area, and already has a few, so if you need more information or examples of tracking devices to decide whether you need them or not, be sure to contact our sales team.