Out of Coverage

Get Home Safe Coverage Options

Everyone’s favourite question, how does Get Home Safe work without cell coverage?

 

Get Home Safe is a cell based safety system with a difference.

It is designed for use out of coverage, with everything like GPS tracking gained during coverage simply "bonus information" that builds a better situational picture, rather than being critical to how it works.  

Out of coverage applications include recording your intentions before you leave, reporting of overdue staff, last recorded location and an escalation alerting process. 

When it is used in conjunction with other options it can certainly meet all your working remotely safety monitoring requirements.

To help guide you to a solution that fits your needs without breaking the bank we have summarised a few key options to consider.

Get Home Safe without coverage

Specifically designed for welfare monitoring of staff working out of coverage.

Knowing someone is overdue, what they were doing, intended destination and their last recorded location is enough information to provide an effective response in the majority of cases, and that is exactly what GHS gives you. 

GHS is the perfect solution for:

  • registering what you are doing and that you will be going out of coverage
  • recording when you are due back
  • GPS tracking while you do have coverage, the all-important last known location
  • caching GPS tracking to update locations when coverage is regained along the way
  • checking back in at the end of the day
  • independently alerting supervisors of overdue staff
  • ensuring all alerts are followed up
  • digital record of tasks completed

Get Home Safe is a huge step up from popular working alone procedures like texting when you are home or recording your plans on the office whiteboard.

Important to note: Get Home Safe has no instant panic or real time GPS when out of cell coverage; which limits its application as a stand-alone solution, so you might want to consider one of these options of combining it with something else.

Option 1 - Cell Signal Booster

Perfect for lone workers on farms, orchards or any site with areas of poor cellphone coverage.

Possibly the quickest and easiest way to extend your real time GPS tracking, check-in and instant SOS coverage of Get Home Safe is with a cell phone repeater and signal booster.

One of these devices will pick up a faint cellphone signal and amplify it to a level your phone can receive. It is the best option if where you work has a few areas with known weak or unreliable signal. Some units advertise up to a 100x increase in signal strength, so we think a booster should be the first option you consider. 

There are a huge number of options on the market and the most practical one is a vehicle mounted unit utilising the power supply of the vehicle.  A quick Google search will show who is selling these near you, so shop around for the best price.   Most supplies have a coverage checker that will confirm if a repeater is the right option for you. One trick to lookout for is to check if the unit is broadcast legal, as some units are not or need to be configured to comply with the broadcast requirements in your area.  

You will also get the added everyday benefits of reduced battery drain (the phone spends less energy searching for signal) and better phone call quality resulting in less dropped calls.  The boosters cost anywhere from $US 40 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the strength and quality you choose. 

 

 

Option 2 – GHS & an Emergency Beacon

Ideal for staff who work out of coverage and are not undertaking hazardous work.

Simply use Get Home Safe as you normally do to record what you are doing and take a beacon just in case you really need help and don't have coverage.  

What we like about this combination is the situational coverage you get, the low cost and how simple it is.

Get Home Safe provides the intentions registry, GPS tracking (until coverage is lost), a robust overdue alerting and escalation process to ensure no staff are left out in the bush needing help and no one knows.

The Emergency Beacon allows staff to call for help from anywhere.  Depending on the model you choose, the beacon can also be activated by emergency services when someone is reported overdue (by supervisors reviewing a Get Home Safe alert), to help locate them.

Beacons cost in the order of a few hundred dollars each and normally have no set up or ongoing costs.  After the initial cost of the beacons your ongoing costs are minimal, while your situational coverage is really high.

 

Option 3 – GHS and Two-Way Communication

Ideal for staff who undertake hazardous and unpredictable tasks out of coverage.

Like Option 1, Get Home Safe provides the work intentions registry, last recorded location and overdue staff reporting and your two-way comms lets lone working staff call for help from out of coverage.

There are many different options for communicating beyond cell coverage or even as a hybrid of both cell and another means.  Some options to look at:

  • VHF or UHF radios
  • Tele-Radio networks
  • Satellite Phones
  • Cell-Satellite hybrid phones
  • Smoke signals

What we like about this option is a lot of clients already have an existing two-way systems in use, reducing the cost and training requirements.  Get Home Safe simply slots in to beef up their overdue staff alerting systems at a minimal cost and effort.

The main downside to this option is very high set up and ongoing costs.  These can often be offset by the productivity benefits of better communication with the team, but you are looking at spending thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars on a solution.

We highly recommend shopping around for the best option that suits you.

Future Options

Watch this space

Coming soon, that is right, one of our most exciting developments is now underway and will be live in late 2018. 

We are working on everyone’s dream solution, one system for all staff tracking in and out of cell coverage. 

Please contact us for further information

The Future - Cell coverage everywhere

If you are planning a long term solution for your team there are a couple of interesting developments in this field due in the next couple of years you should keep an eye on.

With the likes of solar powered drones by Facebook and low orbit satellites by SpaceX that provide greater internet network coverage under development, having affordable internet coverage everywhere is not too far off.

Further Information

If you would like to have a chat about the options with one of our team please get in contact or perhaps start a free trial to see how Get Home Safe complements your existing systems.