Out of Coverage

Get Home Safe Coverage Options

Everyone’s favourite question, how does Get Home Safe work out of 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 picture, rather than being critical to how it hows.  

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

When it is used in conjunction with other options it can certainly meet all your working alone 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 with no coverage

Get Home Safe has many uses for safety monitoring of staff working out of coverage.

You can use it 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 recorded 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

Knowing someone is overdue, what they were doing, intended destination and their last recorded location is enough information to provide an effective response in many cases. 

Get Home Safe is a huge step up from popular systems 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 for working alone for extended periods out of coverage, so you might want to consider one of these options.

Option 1 – GHS & an Emergency Beacon

Ideal for staff who spend extended periods 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 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.  The low on-going cost of Get Home Safe means after the initial cost of the beacons your ongoing costs are minimal while your situational coverage is really high.

 

Option 2 – GHS and Two-Way Communication

Ideal for staff who spend extended periods out of coverage, who undertake hazardous and unpredictable tasks.

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.

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 and if you are looking for a new system maybe check out option 3 below as well.

Option 3 – Satellite Internet for your Smartphone

Now we are talking – Log your Get Home Safe tasks, GPS tracking, safety check-ins, extend your timers and panic alerts from anywhere in the world.

Simply get your smartphone on the internet via a satellite connection and Get Home Safe works everywhere... problem solved.

There are more and more service providers offering ‘internet every’ and cost is decreasing all the time, so it is certainly an option to look at. 

Some of the bigger players in the market are iridium and Inmarsat, both of which have a HotSpot device of some sort that lets you connect your smartphone, tablet or laptop to the internet, from everywhere.

Iridium GO! Is ~$700 on Amazon, plus data plans  -  IsatHub is ~$1,100 on Amazon, plus data plans

Our pick of the bunch though has got to be the Thuraya SatSleeve for iPhone and Android.

Priced at ~$600 on Amazon, plus your data plan; not only is it very competitively priced, the part we like the most is that it clips onto your smartphone, turning it into a sat phone (one device!).

You get the familiarly of your own phone and favourite apps like Get Home Safe:-) with satellite phone coverage. 

Thuraya do not have full global coverage, please check your local area on their coverage map.

Future Options

Watch this space

Coming soon, that is right, one of our most exciting developments is underway. 

We are working on everyone’s dream solution, one system for all staff tracking in and out of cell coverage, without the expense of full satellite tracking. 

Please contact us for further information

Cell coverage everywhere

We are expecting some interesting developments in this field in the next couple of years, with the likes of solar powered drones by Facebook and low orbit satellites by SpaceX that provide greater internet network coverage under development.  Fingers crossed.

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.