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Tracking Over Internet

by msecadm4921

Tracking through the internet opens up new ways of ensuring the safety, health and security of personnel and property. So says Stuart Gray, Managing Director, PinPointers.

Working alone
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Lone workers cover a diverse range of personnel who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. These can include security officers in factories and warehouses, those working in petrol stations and people employed in agriculture and forestry or as service workers such as repair staff, postal workers, social workers, home helps, district nurses, estate agents, GPs, and drivers. Employers have responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of their employees and it is also their duty to assess risks to lone workers and take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. The Health & Safety Executive states that the following procedures need to be put into place to monitor lone workers: <br>
– In case of illness or accident, lone workers should have the means to respond to emergencies.<br>
– Regular contact must be maintained between the lone worker and a supervisor by radio or telephone.<br>
– Lone workers should carry automatic warning devices, which should activate if a specific signal is not received periodically. <br>
– A check should be carried out to ensure the lone worker has returned to their base or home on completion of the task.
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Recommendations from the Law Commission include the new crime of corporate manslaughter. This means corporate officers can be charged when breaches of health and safety law have been aggravated by gross negligence on the part of a company or organisation. Recently launched mobile phones now combine a high performance GPS receiver that enables an individual carrying the phone to be located within 10 metres. The system also includes a multifunctional button that can be programmed to open an SOS message with location and a voice connection to a predefined emergency number. The benefit being that the location can be sent at the same time an operator is listening in and assessing the correct cause of action to take. This function also can be programmed to send a signal, which if not answered after a set time can send an emergency message. Small and portable, they are an ideal solution for lone workers. Also available with a mixture of location capabilities, they can be used with a tracking system, which enables employers and organisations to ensure their personnel’s safety by independently tracking them from any internet-enabled PC.
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Elderly, disabled
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For a small monthly outlay, this new technology is a solution for the elderly or physically disabled living alone, providing them and their relatives with peace of mind. An improvement on the panic buttons worn around the neck, these new mobile phones with their two-way message and voice connection enable the elderly or disabled to be immediately located in the case of an emergency. They also release people from the fear that they are only safe where the on-site system is operating. These new devices work when they are out and about anywhere there is a mobile phone coverage. The phone not only provides the user with more control by enabling them to decide who is to be informed in case of a fall or accident but also ensure a quick response time from either the emergency services, a local GP or relative.
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Heart patients
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Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in industrialised countries. Patients who have had heart disease often experience a lack of confidence and mobility, which affect their quality of life. The latest adaptation of the GPS/GSM mobile phone is the mobile heart phone. This technology incorporates a central emergency call function with an integrated ECG recording and a positioning and search function. The emergency call function includes the automatic dialing of the call centre, an identification feature and advice for the patient and escorts including resuscitation procedures. Patients can, with the use of the four ECG leads provided, transmit an ECG reading via a signal converter to medical staff to provide an immediate diagnosis. A position and search function determines the position of the patient and ensures the management of an activated rescue chain.
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Safe children
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Ownership of mobile phones has grown at a phenomenal rate, with teenagers and children now being amongst the largest users. The innovations of this new technology offer these vulnerable members of society an additional safety feature with the multifunctional SOS button. In addition, the tracking feature provides parents with peace of mind by enabling them to trace their children when away from home. These services are becoming more cost effective with the advent of network based location services such as EOTD (Enhanced Observed Time Difference), which can locate a standard handset to within 50 metres.
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Protecting property
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With the increase in burglaries many people have alarms installed at their property. However, all too often these are triggered by a malfunction, which frequently results in neighbours or passers by ignoring them. The technology now exists to monitor your car or home from anywhere in the world using the Internet and a GPS/GSM phone. The system has the capability to capture and transmit photographic information from a camera inside the house or car to the phone so users of the technology can look at a real-time image of their property no matter where they are. Should an alarm be triggered at the property, an alert can be sent to the phone, a security company or the police and the user can see immediately what is happening. If a car is stolen, the phone will track the car’s movement and if abandoned will quickly and easily locate it. Innovations in mobile technology are offering all areas of society the added protection of being able to communicate, have visual contact with and locate both people and goods. The ability to provide such safety and protection offers a large, potentially lucrative market to M-commerce suppliers, which is still very much an untapped area.

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