Lone Worker – improve lone working conditions

October 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As a lone worker or employer of lone workers its important to understand lone worker policy.

In Ireland the Health Service Executive (H.S.E.) has produced a leaflet entitled “Working Alone in Safety”. The document can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

While there is legislation to cover people in a place of work, the legislation is a bit unclear when considering a lone worker. The legislation puts the onus on the Employer to assess risks to lone workers and determine the appropriate measures to ensure acceptable lone working conditions. In turn, the employee bears the responsibility of taking reasonable care of themselves, of people affected by their work and to cooperate with employers in meeting their obligations.

A Lone Worker works on their own without close or direct supervision. A Lone Worker can be in a fixed premises such as a petrol station or be a mobile worker working away from a fixed premises such as a district nurse.

It is an employers legal duty to consult with employees on health and safety matters and this applies to all workers, including lone workers. Part of this consultation, which is essentially a risk assessment, can result in a clear need for control measures needing to be put in place. Control measures can include training, supervision or protective equipment being a requirement.

Importantly, when a risk assessment shows that it is not possible for the work to be done safely by a lone worker, arrangements for providing HELP OR BACKUP should be put in place.

Employers further need to be up to date on any specific law on lone working as it applies to their industry AND where there are 5 or more employees, the main points of the risk assessment must be recorded.

The risk assessment needs to account for the possible risk of violence in a particular job and also need to ask themselves about safe entry and exit procedures for those job descriptions where that is a key consideration.

The H.S.E. leaflet states that “Procedures will need to be put into place to monitor lone workers to see they remain safe”. This can include AUTOMATIC WARNING DEVICES WHICH OPERATE IF SPECIFIC SIGNALS ARE NOT RECEIVED PERIODICALLY FROM THE LONE WORKER or OTHER DEVICES DESIGNED TO RAISE THE ALARM IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

Halo Security offers a Man Down Panic Alarm to enhance Lone Worker Safety and provide employers and employees or indeed individuals with some peace of mind under lone working conditions.

Under the Employers Liabilty Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) Act of 1969, most employers are REQUIRED BY LAW to insure their employees against workplace injury or disease. Lone Workers must be included in ELCI cover.



Contact us For more information on the Lone Worker Halo Skyguard System.

Asset Tracking RFID tags

October 16, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

RFID Tags for asset tracking are a way of keeping track of assets or animals and are successfully used in supply chain management. Halo Security specializes in passive RFID technology, embedded RFID applications (where the Asset tracking RFID tag is molded into a housing or container) and industrial applications.

The most common type of RFID tag for asset tracking that we offer requires no power and are very small in size. For example the Halo RFID Tough is only 13mm long by 3mm diameter, and this is not our smallest RFID tag. The Halo RFID Tough can be overmolded and is very durable. It is hermetically sealed and is a bio-compatible inert device that has FDA, FCC and USDA approval. The RFID tags themselves have a unique code or fingerprint that cannot be changed. The lifespan of these Asset Tracking RFID tags is virtually limitless since they don’t require power to run, have no moving parts and are hermetically encased in special glass.

Once an Asset tracking RFID tag has been incorporated into a product, container or animal it can be read with an RFID Reader. The applications for RFID asset tracking Tags are numerous and offer significant advantages in supply chain management, proof of delivery, stock traceability, in process traceability and industrial inspections.

Contact Halo Security to find out more about our Asset tracking RFID Tags and how RFID Technology can help your business.

Lone Worker System and Alarm Monitoring

October 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

We have noticed that there is a lot of confusion among potential clients about Lone Worker Safety and Man Down Systems. Few people fully understand their benefits, uses, weaknesses and operational characteristics. Between the usual acronyms and buzzwords associated with all things Tracking such as GSM, GPS, SMS and GPRS we now add additional brain-benders such as Verticality Sensors, SiRF chipsets and dual panic-buttons!

So what does it all mean, how does it work, what do you need and, more importantly, what do you not need!

Well this is what the anoraks mean when they say:

  • GSM: The Mobile Phone Network, the system on which our mobiles depend to make calls etc.
  • GPS: Global Positioning System, the constellation of orbiting Satellites which transmit precise microwave signals to Earth and allow GPS receivers to position themselves accurately around the globe.
  • SMS: Short Message Service, a protocol allowing the transmission of 160 character messages through the core or voice GSM network. It can operate even where voice conversation is impossible.
  • GPRS: General Packet Radio Service: an add-on to GSM which allows small amounts of data to be sent rapidly on the mobile network, for minimal cost. In practice, only available in areas where good voice coverage exists.
  • Verticality Sensors: Automatically triggers alerts from a body-worn device should the user go ‘off-vertical’ (fall over or go-to-sleep, to you and me!).
  • SiRF Chip sets: Arguably the leading manufacturer of tiny, efficient GPS receivers which form the backbone of the best end-user technology available today.
  • Dual-Press Panic buttons: A false-alarm prevention system which requires two-buttons to be simultaneously held for a moment in order to trigger an alert.

Now that that is out of the way…

How it all works:

This is actually quite simple to explain… in most GPS Tracking Systems whether for vehicles, assets or personnel the hardware consists of a GSM modem & GPS Receiver. The GPS Receiver positions itself and transmits that location using the GSM Modem on the GSM Mobile Phone Network to various locations depending on the device and its use.

For example, in the case of stolen-vehicle recovery systems, and given that one’s car doesn’t get stolen everyday (we hope!), it may be acceptable to send coordinates directly to the owners mobile phone. However, in the case of a full GPS fleet management system, we need to send positional information every 20 Seconds to a computer so that the vehicle’s position may be displayed on a map and the huge amount of resulting information collated into quality executive reports.

What you need for reliable GPS Lone Worker Safety & Man Down Systems:

  1. Halo Security 🙂
  2. GSM Network-hopping: Coverage from any available provider (contact us for more info)
  3. Accurate GPS Receiver with rapid refresh
  4. SMS based non-stop-SOS: Once triggered, SOS Alerts only cancelable by Emergency Monitoring Centre (ERC).
  5. Long-battery life: 24-72 hrs
  6. Dual-Press Panic Buttons
  7. 24/7 -365 days a year EMC with digital evidence recording & trained staff
  8. One & two-way handsfree-communication to allow ERC silently eavesdrop emergency situations or initiate conversation with user if agreed codeword is spoken by user -when safe to do so.
  9. Man Down solution: Without using a verticality Sensor!
  10. Non-‘tracking‘ solution: So staff want to wear the device, not fear Big Brother!
  11. Satellite-based mapping to allow ERC provide landmark-based positioning to Emergency services

What you DO NOT want :

  1. GPRS Technology: It’s not available everywhere and can leave you down when you need it most
  2. Sub-24hr battery life. The system needs to capable of coping with human error i.e. forgetting to charge the device. Face it, you’ve done this with your mobile and it let you down the next day!
  3. Verticality Sensor: More false alarms with these than the boy who cried, “Wolf”! As they trigger shortly after going ‘off-verticle’, imagine the number of times that would happen as staff simply change clothes or just perform their normal work routine!
  4. A ‘tracking‘ solution: If the system provides staff movement reports, your staff won’t use it!

Our Solution, Halo SkyGuard:

The Halo SkyGuard Lone Worker Safety and Man Down System includes everything you need and, equally as important, none of what you don’t want!

The product of years of research and experience in the field of GPS Telemetry,  Halo SkyGuard comprises a combination of very cleverly manipulated bodyworn hardware and a professional Emergency Reponse Centre to eliminate false alarms and provide unparalled reliability even when users are:

  • In areas where their mobile phone has no coverage
  • Indoors and lack GPS signal
  • Under duress and being threatened with physical violence
  • Underground
  • Unconcious
  • Their Halo SkyGuard device has been destroyed

The secure, web-based update facility accociated with each device allows users to privately divulge personal information which even their employer need not be aware of. This information, which is protected under E.U. -wide Data Protection Legislation, may be divulged to Emergency Services as appropriate. Such information is presented to ERC staff only when a given unit reports an emergency.

We’re sure you’ll agree that Halo SkyGuard represents the last word in Lone Worker Safety and Man Down Systems and we very much look forward to proving that this device “does exactly what it says on the tin” time and again with an excellent Cost / Benefit ratio.

Please contact us for further information, demonstration or quotation on Halo SkyGuard.

Download Halo Lone Worker Information Sheet

Car Tracking

October 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Car tracking can now be considered by employers around the country have just one car or small number of cars on the road. Insurance companies can insist on having a car tracker fitted on expensive cars.

There are economies of scale where vehicle tracking is concerned (more vehicles tracked makes more economic sense), however a company with one or two reps. or trucks on the road can still experience the same type of revenue losses as large Fleet Managers.

At Halo Security can we offer single vehicle tracking systems for small numbers of vehicles. Our car tracking system still has all the benefits of a full GPS Fleet Management system! The reality is that we’re delighted to provide our excellent technology to anybody as we’re certain that their experience will lead to further word-of-mouth sales.

Car Tracking

Car Tracking

The reality, of course, is that the smaller business is far more susceptible to inefficiency than the larger one as cash flow is usually more restricted, the business more fledgling.

Overtime is the biggest killer of a business. Smaller businesses which lack several layers of line managers and instead have just one boss who’s also working at the coal face tend to lose money to fraudulent overtime hand-over-fist. And, ironically, they’re the ones who can least afford it. The example of this is the Plumber who works late him/herself while the apprentice fits, say, a dishwasher at a different location at 6pm:

The Plumber does the paperwork and wages on a given evening and requests ‘hours’ from the apprentice. Knowing this to be tantamount to a blank cheque -the apprentice adds a few hours to the dishwasher job and picks up an overtime bonus along the way. The chances of the Plumber phoning ‘Mrs Jones’ to confirm the “8pm” finish is unlikely. Unlikelier still is that Mrs Jones would get “that nice boy” into trouble with his/her boss!

The result is that the dishwasher job at Mrs Jones’ house cost the plumber money! This situation gets even worse for firms whose vehicle(s) carry more than one staff member. If one person is committing overtime fraud the other person must be too or else their hours won’t tally. That’s a double whammy for the employer.

The other thing to note here is; if you think you have a problem, you most certainly do. Our GPS Car Tracking system will cost you very little, save you a fortune and help build goodwill with your clients as employees become more efficient and less tardy. The sooner you make the decision to go ahead the sooner you start saving… Call us for a simple, free online demo.

Stolen Outboard

October 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Numerous marine enthusiasts in Ireland and from around the World have been enquiring about our Marine Asset Tracking Solutions and are increasingly reporting the theft of outboard engines and other Marine Assets.

It seems that thieves are going to great lengths to effect the theft of outboard motors. Theft from boats that are on trailers is one thing but increasingly brazen thieves are actually removing boats and engines from their moorings, sometimes, even in broad daylight using lifting equipment!

Stolen outboard engines command a high price and often exceed €10,000 /$13, 500 in value. The Celtic Tiger has brought with it a raft of new and increasingly powerful outboard engines into Ireland. Small craft owners are aware that an outboard engine is often the single most expensive item on a boat and are concerned about the security of this asset.

With the credit-crunch causing widespread economic pressures and job losses it is likely there will be more thefts of soft target, high value assets such as Outboard Engines. It’s not uncommon to have a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) parked in a driveway or easily accessible yard or caravan park, where theft may be effected in little or no time. Outboard engines are typically secured to the stern of the boat using bolts which maybe  removed with the right know how. 

Even more startling is the fact that thieves are are prepared to do whatever it takes to get that engine… we’ve had reports of some cutting through the boat stern hull to remove an engine while seriously damaging the boat in the process. This results in severe boat damage or a total loss on top of the theft of the engine.

And this all feeds into insurance claims and ultimately higher boat insurance premiums for everyone. It won’t take long for that to happen!

Halo Security offers a marine asset tracking system, which is mounted covertly on the boat or outboard engine. It is effectively invisible to a would be thief. It sends real time O.T.A. (Over The Air) information about the boat or engine’s whereabouts which is viewable via the Internet. Our International mapping solution allows accurate positioning of stolen goods wherever they may be taken.

Contact us for information on Marine Asset Security and Stolen Outboard Tracking.

Real Time Tracking

October 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Halo Security provides Real Time Tracking for vehicles through an easy to use web based program. Simply navigate to our dedicated website, enter your user name and password and you will be able to see your vehicle or vehicles in real time. A green arrow indicates a car or vehicle is in use and shows the direction the vehicle is going. A red arrow indicates the vehicle is stopped. Halo Security provides a full range of vehicle gps tracking solutions from single vehicles to full fleets.