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SafetyNet Digital software provides a host of management functions for controlling the radio fleet and recording all activity but for this application operates largely standalone and acting as the back office management system for the functions required.

Control room functions are available and multiple sites can be monitored over IP at a one or more control room in any location.
SafetyNet Locator provides mapping functions and allows the tracking or location of staff as they move around the site using GPS if outside or when entering and moving around buildings using indoor beacons. A detailed map of the site and indoor diagrams allow users to be placed and identified quickly if the operator is in distress and this can be automated by pressing the emergency button on the radio. Location information can also be transmitted as a text or recorded voice message to nearby radio users, or if this fails calls can be routed to mobile telephones.

Digital radio allows specific coverage to be provided on a site were other forms of communication may not provide adequate coverage especially in buildings or between large pieces of equipment. In addition as safety is paramount, 100% availability of communication channels is essential ‐ not getting a call through due to congestion on a telephone network is not good enough.

In an out of hours situation where site operators may be working in small numbers, assistance can be sought by offsite duty officers through the telephone interface. Alarms can be routed offsite to call whoever may be on duty through the telephone network requiring an acknowledgement from the duty officer once the alarm message has been heard.
A full telephone interconnect allows radio users to make and receive telephone calls effectively making the onsite radios system a very powerful extension to the mobile telephone network with much greater signal penetration into buildings, underground spaces or remote areas with no mobile telephone coverage.

A major advantage to the site operator is that with all these facilities in place personnel can work alone offering considerable savings by reducing staff onsite at any one time. With the capability to escalate alarm situations starting with initially onsite radio operators, to a control room which could be offsite and then to a group of support staff over mobile telephones, working practices can become very flexible.

In addition for out of hours operation, the powerful lone worker functions provide by SafetyNet were to be utilized to allow minimal staffing of a site by providing a means of locating personal outside and inside buildings with a panic alarm to raise assistance. For workers operating alone it was also critical to have a link to the outside world through a radio/telephone interface and a means to escalate alarm automatically via mobile telephones to duty officers anywhere within the local call out roster.

Most of the water treatment sites in the UK are managed and maintained by a small group of dedicated specialists. This band of support staff have to deal with a wide range of systems in often remote areas and often working alone.

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SafetyNet Industrial communications software provides a range of services integrated radio and telephone services into a single solution incorporating;

  • Personal alarms from radios with location information
  • Alarm notification from plant onsite as a text message to a radio
  • Ability to open site gate access remotely from a radio with gate intercom
  • Lone working protocol which alerts others if there is no valid response
  • Ability to make audio calls and escalate alarms off site a radio to telephone interface
  • Provide monitoring facilities through a control room on or offsite

In an out of hours situation where site operators may be working in small numbers, assistance can be sought by offsite duty officers through the telephone interface. Alarms can be routed offsite to call whoever may be on duty through the telephone network requiring an acknowledgement from the duty officer once the alarm message has been heard.
A full telephone interconnect allows radio users to make and receive telephone calls effectively making the onsite radios system a very powerful extension to the mobile telephone network with much greater signal penetration into buildings, underground spaces or remote areas with no mobile telephone coverage.

Summary:

The SafetyNet family has provided an ideal onsite solution for the borough and maintained a compact and efficient control room working effectively with CCTV. The main features;

  • County Wide communications over VHF with localized UHF schemes handling municipal traffic and in building coverage. Repeater sites linked over IP broadband links.
  • Personal alarm and direct contact to the control room operators
  • Integrated flood alarms
  • Easily managed communications in the control room with quick access to all radio talkgroups.
  • Secure communications and audio traffic due to digital encoding of signals
  • Location and tracking information
  • Complete audit trail of all radio activity and personal movements
  • Reduced running costs by centralising all radio channels in one place