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    Depending on the nature of your business and your industry, there may be occasions where workers need to operate alone.  Ensuring the safety of anyone likely to be working without physical assistance is paramount.  You need to know the members of your team – whether out in the field or in-house – have access to the best systems and technology available.

    How lone-worker mode operates is very straight forward.
     When lone-worker mode is active, a silent timer will start, counting down based on a period of inactivity on the device (ie. No button presses or calls made).
     This is sometimes known as a “check-in” or “keep alive” timer and Sabaaco.  recommend this is set to 30 minutes in the majority of cases.
    When the timer reaches a set point in the countdown, the device will beep or vibrate (optional) to request the user presses a button on the device to re-set the timer. By doing this, the user is effectively confirming that all is well. This period is known as “pre-alarm”, and Sabaaco usually recommend a 2-minute pre-alarm window.
     If the user does not press the button within the pre-alarm window, an emergency alarm will be raised.
    This emergency alarm can alert a control room, other device users or external on-call personnel.
    With certain devices and apps, the emergency alarm can be accompanied by location information(optional) and/or by opening the microphone on the device, allowing responders to hear what’s going on.
    Whilst the methodology is pretty uniform, parameters for the main check-in timer and pre-alarm timer can usually be altered.
    On some systems, alteration is made during programming and on others it can be changed by the person initiating on the lone worker timer.
    The importance of protecting an employee working alone, “Lone Worker”, has become a priority for many employers in the last few years. One solution offered by two-radios is ‘Man Down’.
    The Man Down two-way radio functionality is not usually available with entry level radios but is an optional extra on mid (dp2xxx) to high (dp4xxx) tier radios – usually by the installation of an ‘option-board’.
    However, we suspect that this will be an up gradable or license key feature in digital radios now coming to market.
    ATEX radios already have this functionality as standard.
    The option-board is basically a tilt switch, which can detect the angle of the radio along with movement. If the device is tilted or becomes inactive for a specified period of time, a pre-set alarm protocol is initialized.
    Initially the radio will try to obtain a response from the user. This reduces the probability of false alarm activations. If no acknowledgement is forthcoming, an alarm is sent to a designated device, alerting the “supervisor” that there is a potential problem. In addition to tilt and alert, some that come with the two-way radio ‘Man Down’ functionality can be programmed to open the radios’ microphone, ‘hot-mic’ or ‘open-mic’. This enables the user to communicate with the “supervisor” without depressing the PTT (Push to Talk). Even if the user is unable to converse, the “supervisor” will still be able to hear what is happening in the users’ location.
    Automatic and intelligent dispatch to increase safety and efficiency of your business.

    When dealing with any kind of emergency in the workplace, it’s important that you have the ability to raise concerns as and when they arise.  Through two-way radio systems, you will be able to create intelligent alarm systems to ensure your whole team is on the same page at all times.
    It’s completely possible to set up an alarm handling solution for your two-way radio fleet.  What’s more, you can even integrate email responses!  Alarm handling can be a bespoke solution for emergency needs, which means that regardless of your business and/or industry, you can raise a flag to multiple users at once.

    An alarm can raise to multiple devices, sending emergency messages.  This will allow users to react accordingly and to remain calm.  It may even remove the need for emergency services getting involved unnecessarily.

    A smart alarm handling system will allow you to efficiently reach members of your team in emergency situations.  You’ll be able to identify key team members automatically, and an emergency will remain in place until all parties agree that matters have been redressed.  Ultimately, it means everyone can keep on their toes without the need for a single control operative.

    Whether you run an office, a retail operation, or work in an intense environment such as on an offshore oil rig, it is crucial you have emergency procedures in place.  Even if your business and roles don’t seem to offer much danger, there still might be the need for you to raise an alarm.
    This should especially be the case if you manage a large team, or if your team spreads out across a wide area or is out in the field.  Keeping in touch has never been more important.  Even more important, of course, is the ability to raise alarms to multiple different devices, and for them all to respond in unison.
    You can’t always keep tabs on your team at all times.  However, alarm handling will help you to ensure safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It also means you will always have someone ready to react when you need support.  Why waste time calling around the channels?
    Alarm handling for two-way radios can bring a variety of different features and functions.  As there are many different two-way radio services out there, the features and facilities you get from model to model may vary.
    However, here is just a brief taste of what you can expect from two-way alarm handling:
    1.Voice control and alerts – removing the need for physical control and displays
    2.Instant access to emergency situations and for responders to react
    3.Complete coverage 24 hours a day
    4.Anti-false-alarm technology – precision emergency alerts
    5.Complete alarm support across various devices – two-way radios, smartphones, simple mobile phones, tablets, and PCs
    6.Automated scheduling and priority worker assignment
    7.Multiple stages of escalation
    8.No close-down until all parties respond
    9.Alarms can be set up and optimized across various means and hardware
  • Multi-site solutions:
    If your organization operates across a large area or geographically separated locations, one repeater site may not be enough to achieve the radio coverage you need. Fortunately, multiple repeater sites can be linked together over a standard IP network, allowing users in different locations to talk over wide areas with ease.
    Many of the licensed radio systems we offer have built-in IP site connect functionality, including most variations of conventional digital (DMR) radio systems and digital trunking solutions. But it’s important to understand the terminology associated with multi-site radio working before deciding on which kind of multi-site radio network is right for you. You also need to consider how your organization’s site(s) may develop and grow in the future.
  • Digital trunking:
    In two-way radio, a digital trunking system is one that allocates frequency resource to a group of radio users, as opposed to these groups of users always being fixed to specific frequency resource. Sounds complicated, right? So let’s remove the jargon to look at what digital trunking means in real terms and how a trunking radio system can benefit your organization.

    Firstly, it’s important to understand there are different types and levels of digital trunking in the two-way radio world. Legacy analogue MPT1327 systems and TETRA solutions are just two disparate examples of trunked radio networks. Neither example will be relevant for the majority of UK radio users but it’s worth noting that the trunked radio family extends beyond what we’ll overview here. Most of our UK clients take advantage of DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) trunking solutions. These networks can be found in every market sector from aviation to education and it’s these variants of DMR trunking we’ll take a closer look at now.

    How dose trunking works?
    DMR Tier 2.5” digital trunking solutions are popular because, for many, they offer the best of both worlds – mixing the flexible enhancements of trunking with low costs of a conventional digital (Tier 2) system. Let’s see how they achieve this…
    Imagine you oversee the communications for a large manufacturing site with two radio user groups, “Security” and “Maintenance”. Each group utilizes their own radio channel or “talk-group”. Your organization currently has a conventional/Tier II digital (DMR) radio system and each user group’s radio channel is fixed to a timeslot on a your MOTOTRBO™ SLR8000 digital repeater. As digital repeaters provide two timeslots each, “Security” are fixed to repeater time-slot 1 (T1) for their radio communications and “Maintenance” are fixed to repeater time-slot 2 (T2). All making sense so far.

    You’ve noticed that the Security team only communicate via radio a couple of times a day, whereas the Maintenance radios are always in use. The Maintenance Supervisors have the ability to make one-to-one calls between each other, separate from the Maintenance talk-group. Given that Maintenance only have access to the one timeslot on your existing repeater, you know that whenever the Maintenance Supervisors are making one-to-one calls, the rest of the Maintenance group can’t speak and vice versa. This is causing some problems for the Maintenance Team who are regularly finding their radios emit a “busy” tone when they try to initiate a radio call, due to their timeslot already being in use. Meanwhile the timeslot for Security sits empty and unused 99% of the time.

    Positioning solution:
    -TDMA radios with GPS trunking
    Improve movement efficiency, safety, and data accuracy
    Safety of employees is the highest priority for most businesses and knowing exactly where your radio users can be an invaluable tool in ensuring their safety.
    -Outdoor Solutions:
    GPS enabled radios are now available, and by utilizing the efficient TDMA technology within digital radios, the data can be passed back to a software application without interfering with the voice channels. All radio user locations are pinpointed on a map such as Google Earth or your own preference.
    Depending on the type of business you operate, this mapping can improve efficiency and safety.
    -Indoor solutions:
    Combining the GPS feature of the digital radios with Bluetooth enables the position of the radio user to be tracked indoors as well as out. With carefully positioned beacons, rooms, zones, or areas can be defined and shown on a map. With these two methods in operation, the location of your workers is always known, and their safety assured.
    Key Benefits
    1.Efficient Movement of Staff. When required, the nearest member of the team can attend to an incident, job, or request rather than relying on guess work.
    2.Safety of Staff. When an emergency or lone worker alarm is activated, the precise location of that person is immediately apparent for others to attend.
    3.Full Audit Trail. The locations of the staff are not only tracked real-time but is also recorded for future analysis. This can be useful for many reasons including evidence of a location being patrolled thoroughly.

    -A safer workplace:

    Human interaction is decreasing in all types of technical installations, and more people are working alone. Though it is very cost-efficient to let a single employee manage an extensive area, it is also a critical single point of failure, and should something happen, problems can escalate very quickly.

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