Remote Worker Monitoring

Remote Worker GPS Tracking: Duress and Incident Alerts

A common challenge in GPS tracking is monitoring lone or remote workers.

Typically, lone worker tracking involves monitoring employees or assets in areas that do not have cellular coverage and often require some form of duress or “man-down” alerting.

Businesses may also have compliance mandates to ensure the safety of isolated employees. In some countries, this is known as Duty of Care, which requires management/executives of an organization to implement suitable safety measures or they may face prosecution and financial penalties.

In Australia for example, there are several OHS requirements for Lone or Remote Workers:

  • 24/7 location of the vehicle even when out of mobile coverage
  • Accident / roll-over notifications
  • SOS button / pendant notification**
  • ‘Schedule-in’ button (dash mounted)
  • Journey Management (alarm/siren if “sched-in” is missed)
  • Alerts via SMS or Email to multiple recipients

Lone Worker Tracking and Duress Alarms

Our range of vehicle tracking devices such as the Dart2, G62, and G120 all have digital inputs. These digital inputs allow the device to detect whether the voltage on the input is above or below a certain threshold. It will then set the input as ON or OFF, log the change, and can be configured to upload immediately on the change for an instant alert.

This means actions such as a light turning on, a button being pressed, or a pump being switched on can be tracked.

The digital inputs also allow for a wide variety of duress/man down pendants to be paired with the tracking device. Though we don’t manufacture these products ourselves, you are free to select the right one for your application and use it with our devices.

For example:

  • Simple, low-cost push button on the dashboard can be wired to the device as a duress button
  • Wireless duress pendants can be used, and the pendant receiver connected to the tracking device
  • More complex “Man Down” pendants can be utilized, and the receiver wired to the DM device. Such pendants are typically higher cost, but they can utilize in-built accelerometers to detect when the user has potentially fallen over and is unresponsive or not moving.

In addition to the hardware provision for duress, Telematics Guru can immediately send an email, SMS, and live in-browser alerts with sound to ensure any incidents are attended to in a timely manner.

Remote/Out of Coverage Areas

In remote areas, a communication method other than cellular is required.

The G120 can be used as a Cellular/Iridium Hybrid device. It can quickly and easily be connected to an Iridium Edge® module.

The G120 will use cellular data (far lower cost) when in mobile coverage, and when it leaves coverage it will fail over to Iridium, using the included modem and antenna fitted within the Edge. Iridium data utilizes a satellite constellation for its connection to the device, so coverage is available worldwide.

The G120 will provide coverage where you need it, at an affordable price point. As Iridium data is costly, the device will check in at a reduced rate to when in coverage, but all data will still be stored on the device, to be uploaded when returning to coverage.

Duress button presses and accident or rollover alerts can be configured to be sent immediately via Iridium – Learn more about Remote Asset Tracking with the Hybrid G120 Cellular / Iridium

Accident/Rollover Alerts

In addition to knowing where your assets and personnel are, our vehicle tracking devices feature built-in accelerometers to detect accidents, rollovers, and harsh driving events.

No special device orientation is required, as long as the device is secured. The device will intelligently work out its orientation using GPS and accelerometer data collected after about 15 minutes of normal driving.

The accident detection system does the following:

  • Accidents are detected using 2D (horizontal) changes in velocity over 120ms.
  • Rollovers are reported when the vehicle’s angle to the “normal” horizontal plane exceeds 60 degrees.
  • Drop detection detects velocity changes in the vertical dimension.

An immediate alert will be sent to the server when an accident is detected. Additionally, the device can be set to record second-by-second ‘black-box’ accident data; data from 60 seconds before and 10 seconds after the incident will be available on the server in the event of an accident.

When a device is out of coverage and operating over Iridium – an accident alert is prioritized and will also be sent immediately! Meaning early warning of incidents is given to allow for the appropriate response action to be put in place.

Related Devices

Take control of your data

Management

Securely configure, manage, and monitor Digital Matter devices remotely.

Learn more

Integration

Flexible integration options via Webhook, TCP or HTTP/HTTPS, Direct Integration or Data Splitting.

Learn more

Security

Military-level AES-256 Encryption to protect the integrity and confidentiality of your telematics data.

Learn more

Related Case Studies

Asset Tracking & Sensor Monitoring with Restotracker

When Steven Kramer became aware of how antiquated water restoration operations had become in the age of IoT and connected devices, he decided to develop a solution using the Remora2 and Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) technology.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Asset Tracking in Zimbabwe with EzyTrack

Founded in 2009 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Ezytrack understands the unique solutions local residents and businesses require to protect their assets.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Train Tracking & Speed Monitoring with the Gisborne City Vintage Railway

The Gisborne City Vintage Railway Society installed an Oyster2 to a carriage on the WA165, to publish real-time locations whilst out on excursions.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Increasing Safety and Visibility with LoRaWAN® and Meshed IoT

Established in 2015, Meshed IoT is providing innovative IoT solutions using the LoRaWAN® network to cities and industries throughout Australia.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Litter Tracking Solutions with RMIT

RMIT University in collaboration with Melbourne Water are on a mission: to educate their community about the environmental and financial implications of littering.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Where’s Julius?

To support WIRES, B Braun’s newest recruit Julius the Koala is visiting Vet Clinics and Institutions across the country to spread love and awareness for Australian Wildlife.

View Case Study
Related Case Studies

Pioneering IoT in Malaysia with Xperanti IoT

Digital Matter has partnered with Xperanti IoT, supplying over 11,000 Oyster Sigfox battery-powered GPS tracking devices for affordable asset tracking in Malaysia on the LPWAN Sigfox Network.

View Case Study

Device Finder

Filter our device range by application, features, or technical specifications to find the best solution for your tracking needs.

How can we help you?