Use proximity location technology with accompanying apps to provide a range of services from safety, internal and external location guidance, asset management, safe areas to go / no go zones are just some of the things proximity monitoring can provide.
Designing an app with secure login and integrating that app with the organisations identity and access systems, means the options presented to each user under different scenarios can vary with their level of authority, controlled by the backend system. When the user moves into an area for example they can be authorised to open cabinets, operate equipment or move items from one area to another. Further smartwatches, Bluetooth wristbands and even biometric clothing are becoming more common place and affordable, these can also interact with a user’s app to enforce security and/or monitor the wearer’s wellbeing. In many biotechnology and medical organisations, both government and commercial, the monitoring of staff movements is important. Traditionally managing secure access to specific areas is carried out by ID card or tag based security systems but proximity devices and mobile apps linked to wearables that monitor a user’s unique heartrate (ECG) or fingerprint scan can now provide a higher level of biometric authentication. Such technologies can even replace a user’s ID to access an app and before too long we’ll be at a point where we’re able to monitor basic functions of pulse, temperature, respiration and stress levels during their work activities.
Already these activity-based apps are being used in other industries to streamline and transform business processes. Organisation as diverse as airports, banks, local councils, construction firms, health and community care providers are uncovering both time and cost savings along with a better and deeper level of data capture. From a safety and compliance perspective these organisations are also using mobile apps to manage job risk analysis as well as confirming the level of competency of staff to perform high risk or skilled functions. Checking a user has the credentials to sign off on an activity and then activating alternate workflows for the transformed business process is another vital role activity-based apps can play. From Government laboratories to commercial medical and biotech organisations the possibilities are endless in improving safety and efficiencies using these new integrated technologies.