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The benefits of satellite tracking    

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The benefits of satellite tracking

Written by Helen Down, StaySafe

Satellite trackers play a crucial role in keeping staff safe in several ways, especially in hazardous or remote work environments. Here are some key ways using a satellite tracker can contribute to employee safety.  

1. Real-time GPS location tracking

Satellite trackers provide real-time location information of employees, enabling employers and rescue teams to monitor their whereabouts continuously. This feature is particularly vital for employees working in dangerous or isolated settings, where immediate assistance may be required in case of emergencies – but could be hard to get.  

2. Emergency alerts and distress signals

Many satellite trackers are equipped with emergency alert functionality. In the event of an accident, injury, or life-threatening situation, employees can trigger distress signals through their tracking devices, signaling to their employer or emergency services that they need help. 

3. Improved communication

In areas with limited or no cellular coverage – like oil rigs, or the outback – satellite tracking keeps communication channels open where traditional phone signal or Wi-Fi would fail.  

4. Enhanced safety in transportation

For employees who travel frequently for work, especially in aviation or logistics, a satellite tracker can be integrated into vehicles and aircraft to aid in location tracking and emergency response. In case of accidents or crashes, the satellite trackers transmit distress signals with precise location information, speeding up rescue operations. 

5. Monitoring employee health and well-being

Some advanced satellite trackers include biometric sensors, enabling employers to monitor vital signs and health parameters of employees in real time. This helps identify potential health issues and allows for medical assistance to be sent if needed. 

6. Lone worker protection

For employees who work alone or in isolated locations, satellite tracking can provide an added layer of protection. The satellite devices can be set up to prompt employees to check in at regular intervals. If an employee fails to check-in or triggers an emergency signal, the satellite tracking system can immediately alert the appropriate personnel to respond. 

7. Efficient search and rescue operations

In the unfortunate event that an employee goes missing or faces an emergency, satellite trackers expedite search and rescue operations by providing accurate location data. This minimises response time and increases the chances of successful rescue and recovery. 

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Helen Down

“Helen has worked within the lone worker industry for nearly a decade. During that time she has written extensively about health and safety, risk, legislation, and lone working – including the Lone Worker Landscape Report.

Helen’s background is in marketing for start-ups and SMEs, where she has enjoyed working as part of the leadership team to grow the business. Outside of work, Helen is a mum of two and loves to drink wine in peace.”

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