CriticalArc SafeZone extended to manage Lone Worker safety on campus
CriticalArc’s SafeZone solves problems around securing and making safe large open environments. SafeZone is primarily used to coordinate security team activities and response to incidents, alerted by students and staff. At the USHA 2013 Spring conference in Glasgow, CriticalArc launched a groundbreaking new capability that permits effective management of Lone Worker safety.
Risk to loss of property and damage to infrastructure is mitigated by high-tech security systems such as CCTV and Building Access Control. However even with state-of-the-art property protection, it is impossible to know who is working after hours and where they are located – information that is absolutely essential for effective response to any safety-related incident.
Key to establishing a safe lone-work environment is management of the presence of Lone Workers on campus.
Until now, this has largely been a manual process – signing a book at building reception, or sometimes calling the Security Reception to check in and out. These manual systems are ineffective in practice – often having fallen into neglect - leaving a massive challenge for the response team should an out-of-hours incident occur. Additionally, with the growth of staff numbers and the move to 24 hour access to facilities and services, the risk associated with after-hours Lone Worker presence is increasing.
Through the SafeZone App, authorised users can now “check in” when working alone and are automatically “checked out” when leaving site.
Members of the security team can identify all Lone Workers on a map on the device in their pocket, allowing:
- proactive management of safety,
- targeted notifications to those in selected buildings, and
- shared “muster lists” for particular buildings in case of an evacuation
SafeZone gives campus security team members the information they need, when they need it – helping the team to be much more effective in maintaining safety on campus - especially for those working alone or after-hours.
SafeZone Lone Worker Notifications & Muster List
About the author
Glenn is a former Navy Weapons Engineer and manager of Maritime Command IT.
Prior to co-founding CriticalArc, he was responsible for managing distributed video surveillance products in Honeywell's global security business, leading development and delivery of their security and surveillance systems for London 2012.
For more information about SafeZone, go to: www.criticalarc.com