The need for clear, safe, and highly visible remote teams is more important now than ever. While conversation about the new normal can be exhausting to hear, it’s a reality that impacts the economy on a global scale. This includes how security companies have adapted their operations to fit today’s needs.
Streamlining operations with powerful oversight on guard tasks and sites managed are all possible with GPS technology. With the help of a Command Center (GSOC), Trackforce Valiant’s guard tour and workforce management solution makes remote visibility in this new normal entirely possible.
Let’s break down three ways Trackforce Valiant’s GPS guard tracking solution helps security guard companies track their guards’ whereabouts and activity.
- – Remote Supervision Using the Command Center
- – Creating Area Boundaries Using Geofencing
- – Ensuring Remote Guard Safety with Lone Worker Protection (LWP)
Remote Supervision Using the Command Center
Visualizing guard activity remotely is a new normal challenge security companies have been thrusted into. Visibility is key and this has meant visualizing guards on site alongside their shift schedules and a list of anticipated third-party visitors like janitorial staff, maintenance, or delivery workers entering the premises.
Trackforce Valiant’s remote supervision is visualized through the Command Center (GSOC). A Command Center provides supervisors with a complete view of all security operations.
From a guard’s location to shift management and critical events, the Command Center enables remote visibility and site management from one central location be it locally or globally.
Safe and Secure Guarding During Graveyard Shifts
GPS technology provides security supervisors with real-time feedback on where their security team is in proximity to any checkpoints or patrols their guards are conducting.
Using a GPS enabled device helps determine the route of a guard’s tour in proximity to other guards on tour — something especially useful if there is one or more guards on site.
When a guard is working a graveyard shift, extra attention must be given to those working remotely and in isolation. Constant vigilance is possible when a GPS enabled device uses Lone Worker Protection.
Lone Worker Protection, or LWP, is a feature specific to comprehensive security workforce management. LWP uses GPS guard tracking to supervise and communicate with remote lone Workers at all times.
The GPS tracking is visualized on a Command Center map and shows a guard’s exact location in real time. If a lone worker is in need of help, LWP automatically jumps in with tilt detection, manual panic alarm, true fall detection, and a danger zone timer.
This ensures that security directors are always connected to a guard’s safety status.
Tracking a Guard’s Location While Respecting Privacy Concerns
For those managing sites located across the pond, GDPR privacy concerns can be a challenge, especially when using technology like GPS to track guard location.
While onboarding guards may require special attention to privacy concerns and compliance, GPS tracking ensures guard safety and accountability, allowing for security companies to operate more efficiently.
Security companies can also benefit from using GPS tracking as a justification for proving their guards’ location during any given shift, ensuring that a guard’s scheduled work time is properly counted — something especially valuable when supervising remote guards.
We’ve been around for over 30 years, so we know our way in the industry. Trackforce Valiant meets the stringent compliance standards set by GDPR and other privacy laws and we are a trusted advisor to our client to meet these regulations in EU and other jurisdictions.
Tracking Teams in Real-Time
When using GPS technology, supervisors gain access to real-time guard activity through the Command Center.
The real-time activity shows where guards are in proximity to the checkpoints on a tour, allowing for supervisors to provide justification on a guard’s route in proximity to other guards’ tour routes — something especially useful if there is one or more guards on site.
This provides further proof that a guard is indeed stationed at their post or is patrolling their scheduled tour.
Creating Boundary Areas With Geofencing
Improving remote security guard management can be as easy as drawing a perimeter on a map with your computer’s mouse. When it comes to proving whether a guard has entered or left their designated post or if a guard is not at their scheduled post, Trackforce Valiant’s geofencing can be used to establish boundaries around areas where a guard should be.
The Command Center will set off an alert when a guard is not within the established boundary and will send supervisors a notification.
The Command Center will also show the route of a guard’s tour and will provide documentation on the checkpoints scanned, providing detailed timestamped information for better record keeping and justification.
Ensuring Remote Guard Safety with Lone Worker Protection (LWP)
Lone Worker Protection (LWP) is a solution available with Trackforce Valiant’s security workforce management system. LWP uses GPS to track a guard’s exact location with the addition of lone worker safety solutions, like tilt detection, manual panic alarm and true fall detection, and a danger zone timer.
This allows supervisors to track, supervise, and communicate with remote lone Workers at all times and always be connected to a guard’s safety status.
Where Can I Get More Information?
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About the Author
Christina Ortega is the Content Marketing Specialist for Trackforce Valiant. She aims to deliver valuable content that addresses key issues facing the security industry – and offers insights into the latest solutions being taken to confront them.