The design of GetHomeSafe directly reflects the founders experiences working in remote and isolated areas of Canada, Australia and New Zealand as a land surveyor and his desire for a simple and robust solution for checking in and out when working in remote areas.
What he wanted was a super easy and super effective way of registering what he was doing for the day, with enough smarts to remind both him to check in and alert his boss if he didn’t return as planned.
But most importantly he wanted it to be super affordable.
How will you know if somebody is working in a remote area? How will you know if they don’t return as planned?
Why aren’t they not answering their phone!!??
Where do you start looking? Did they even make it to the remote area in the morning?
Are they still out there?
You don’t need a complex and expensive monitoring system; you simply need quality information.
GetHomeSafe was specifically designed for monitoring work in remote and isolated areas where traditional cell phone based systems (phoning/texting buddy systems) can’t be relied on or simply don’t work.
It is all about quality information and pro-active reminders for both staff and management and getting your team home safely.
GetHomeSafe is a proactive system, where as most traditional intentions registry systems are passive and rely on a human to realise somebody is over due.
Firstly, GHS proactively reminds staff to check in and secondly it proactively reminds/alerts supervisors if a staff member is overdue.
Both these simple features drastically reduce the human error associated with traditional passive buddy systems and in & out of the office registries; not to mention the huge costs savings by freeing up staff administering them.
GHS alerts also have a follow up requirement, so if team leaders don’t follow up alerts they are escalated to senior management after 30 minutes, providing excellent redundancy.
Staff use the GetHomeSafe Corporate safety app to record what they are doing for the day, including listing their tasks, defining an area of work, predicting their cell coverage and most importantly setting a safety timer for when they are due back (plus a buffer).
This information is then shared in real time back to the dashboard and updated every few minutes with GPS location and remaining battery while they are in coverage.
Once they leave coverage their last recorded location is still displayed (with a time stamp) along with all other task details and estimated time of return.
When they return to coverage at the end of the day they check-in via the app as “Home Safe”. There are optional email/SMS notifications to team leader to confirm staff are Home Safe.
Where the system really kicks into life is when a staff member does not check-in safely as planned.
The clever part is the over due alerts are sent from the server, not the users phone. So it really doesn’t matter what has happened to a user or their phone that alert will still get sent.
Team leaders are alerted via email and SMS with a quick link to a tracking map and task summary so they can make an informed decision about what to do next (see if they did go straight to the pub).
If no body has acknowledged the overdue alert by plus 30 minutes it is escalated to the account administrators, providing redundancy.
GetHomeSafe forms the core of most remote or isolated work policies by making it super easy to register your remote work plans, proactive reminders for checking in and out of the office, recording changes of plan and checking in “Home Safe” at the end of the day.
It’s fail-safe alerting of overdue staff, quality information and follow up requirements for team leaders and escalation alerting make creating processes and policies for reporting overdue employees super easy.
GHS has customizable task detail prompts so you can ensure staff are recording the correct level of task intentions required by your isolated work policy before leaving.
As GHS is a digital solution with inbuilt reporting and full download capabilities you will be able to review your team’s use and compliance with your remote working policy.
In the unlikely event something actually did go wrong you will have a digital audit trial of what happened and when.
Where GHS fits in as a safety solution for remote or isolated work is as a simple and robust intentions registry; which once activated proactively reminders staff to check-in and proactively alerts team leaders of over due staff.
While GHS does not have satellite links for instant calling for help when out of 3G/4G coverage; it does have a fail safe alerting system that will still alert team leaders of over due staff, no matter what has happened to their phone or how much coverage it has.
For remote work GetHomeSafe is designed to complement radio’s, EPERBs and other such emergency beacons and fill the gaps in some of their capabilities. It is not designed to replace them.
The beauty of a GHS overdue alert is that it is a step down from EPERB alert. While EPERBs have their place, they are an all or nothing solution.
Setting one off is quite the event; helicopters with recues teams are dispatched, paramedics abseiling down through the tree tops to save the day, we’ve all seen the footage on the news of the fantastic job first responders do.
Requesting such a response by activating an EPERB is completely appropriate if you have broken your femur, but probably over the top if your vehicle has simply broken down and you have a long walk back to coverage...
GHS is the perfect alert for when you are running late and need assistance; where as EBERBs are perfect for when you need rescuing and don’t have cell coverage. The two compliment each other perfectly as a combined safety solution for remote or isolated work.
If you would like a detailed information pack or even start a free trial to have a look for yourselves, please either contact us or fill out the trial request form and we will help you out.