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Which Lone Worker Devices Work Over WiFi?

Written by Chris Potts | 29 Apr 2022

shutterstock_1661982568_cropMany companies are affected by poor mobile coverage. This can be due to the location of the premises, if it is based in a rural setting, for instance, or the design and materials used on the outer shell, like metal cladding, that mobile signals can reflect off.

Mobile teams (e.g. staff that are not desk based) are often hugely affected as they can’t collaborate with colleagues without being face to face or finding the nearest phone. Staff working alone are generally at greater risk as it can be much harder for them to raise an alert when things go wrong.

All these challenges are really easy to overcome with a private comms network like IP DECT, Digital Radio or a Private Mobile Network. However, if you already have WiFi in place, it often makes sense from a financial and ease of deployment perspective to use this rather than investing in a separate comms network.

Not all lone worker apps and devices work over a WiFi network, however, we have numerous ones in our portfolio that do.   To help you see the ones that work, we have highlighted them below in this blog. 

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With our Atlas SOS App you can convert your smartphone into a powerful safety device. Users can trigger alerts by accessing the onscreen widget, clicking the power button or by using an optional wireless keyfob.

If rendered unconscious the app can recognize that the smartphone has tilted beyond an angle nearing horizontal and will trigger an alarm automatically. Users’ location can be determined either by GPS or/and beacon / WiFi providing outdoor and indoor services.

Other key features include:

  • Alarms can be delivered via GSM(SMS &Voice), GPRS, 3G, 4G, 5G and/or WiFi
  • App for iPhone and Android (Samsung, OnePlus, etc.)
  • True Man-Down Detection with pre-warning alarm
  • GPS/GNSS and Indoor Positioning without tracking
  • TPA Timed Check-in with GPS/GNSS positioning

 

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If you don’t need a smartphone for regular voice calls and emails but still need protecting when working alone, perhaps a dedicated lone worker device is right for you.

The Atlas M31 is a dedicated lone worker device fully loaded with the Atlas SOS app. This rugged, compact device is similar in size to a credit card and is suitable for harsh conditions with an IP65 rating.

Alerts are triggered by pressing the dedicated SOS button on the side of the unit or automatically when “man-down”, with the app recognizing that the device is in a horizontal position.

Users can easily be located indoors based on WiFi or beacons.

Other key features include: 

  • Dedicated SOS & PTT buttons
  • True Man Down Detection with pre-warning alarm
  • GPS/GNSS and Indoor Positioning without tracking
  • Extensive coverage using 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & WiFi
  • TPA Timed Check-in with GPS/GNSS positioning
  • Optional Nationwide PTT “Two-Way-Radio” communication


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For those operating in ATEX areas alone can be protected by the Atlas EX710. This smartphone comes with a dedicated SOS button (and PPT button) to make it quick and easy for users to trigger alerts when incidents occur.

If rendered unconscious the app recognizes that the smartphone has tilted beyond an angle nearing horizontal and will raise an alert automatically.

On large sites where it can be difficult to locate unresponsive staff in an emergency, location positioning is achieved by using WiFi access points or beacons.

Other key features include:

  • True Man Down Detection with pre-warning alarm
  • GPS/GNSS and Indoor Positioning without tracking
  • Optional Nationwide PTT “Two-Way-Radio” communication
  • Extensive coverage using 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & WiFi
  • TPA Timed Check-in with GPS/GNSS positioning
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This is an easy to use WiFi emergency button that can be fitted under a desk or carried on a lanyard or as a keyfob. When incidents or accidents occurs, users simply press the dedicated SOS button to raise an alert.

Other key features include:

  • Dedicated physical SOS button
  • Alert delivery over 2.4Ghz WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Up to 3000 activations per charge
  • 45mm x 45mm x 16mm
  • Keyfob or Lanyard or fixed location


Ascom i63I63
For those that must be contactable by phone throughout the site and be protected whilst working alone, may benefit from the Ascom i63. This stylish yet robust enterprise grade handset provides both reliable mobile communication and lone worker protection over a WiFi network.

Other key features include:

  • VoWiFI Handset
  • Dedicated physical SOS button
  • True Man Down Detection with pre-warning alarm
  • Rechargeable battery, 10h speech, 100h standby

If you would like more information or a demonstration on WiFi Lone Worker devices, please get in touch. You can find all our contact details by clicking on the "contact us" button at the top right of this page.

Topics: Lone Workers

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