Casey de Villiers and Steve Boulton of Active Track, believe that it is advisable to place RFID tags at key points in facilities such as access and egress points, fence lines, machinery stores, and areas where extraction, sorting, crushing and screening takes place. This will serve companies from both a security and safety perspective. In the first instance, a security officer will be provided with a predetermined patrol route and the times required for him to conduct his patrols at these RFID tag points, whether they be external or internal points.
Boulton adds that a device, such as the Active Track, used together with RFID tags in key safety areas, will maximize adherence to occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations through the provision of a record of regular safety checks. The reports that are generated are completely independent and cannot be changed, thereby verifying their validity and objectivity, and providing accountability.
Active Track has online software which supports its device. As it is GPS-enabled, an accurate time and date stamp confirms events. Should a scanning event be later than scheduled, or even completely missed, an alarm will be triggered and a notification will be sent via SMS or email to a responder and a call made to the security officer on the device to establish the officer’s status.
Boulton points out that most mines today outsource their security in order to contain operational costs. Active Track can be used to determine whether the security officer is patrolling according to the required SLA. The reports generated can be used for disciplinary hearings and will provide protection for both an aggrieved client or for a security officer who has been wrongly accused.
De Villiers says that in addition to a panic button, the Active Track device contains both a shock sensor and a call-in function. The shock sensor is activated when the device is dropped and it places a silent call to either the client or a call centre/control room that can then listen in on the event.
“We train security officers and control room personnel to calmly and methodically handle panic situations and we brief customers on what solutions are best suited to lone worker protection. The location of the event is precisely pinpointed via GPS and a notification is issued to a predetermined recipient. The Active Track device can function with as little as 7% Internet connectivity and still allow the movement of the device to be viewed as the security officer patrols.”
Additional safety mechanisms
Another aid to security officer protection is the deployment of duress RFID tags. De Villiers explains that these tags are not scanned during a ‘normal’, patrol but when the security officer is being held under threat when he/she is trained to scan the standard as well as the duress tags. This action sends an alert to recipients and reaction teams can be deployed to assist him.
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