Being able to track where key people and assets
are at a moment’s notice is an important part of
normal operations – and during emergencies it
can mean the difference between life and death.
Organizations must also ensure they plan
ahead for different emergency scenarios.
When something goes wrong, every moment is crucial.
Having a plan in place and knowing how to implement
it creates confidence.
“I want [our customers] to be prepared for anything
– whether it’s a natural or man-made event,” said
Kevin Sumrell, Avtec’s Vice President of Sales for
Energy Markets. “I want to have preplanned it. I want
to understand what my options are and have the
infrastructure prepared to be able to support that.”
GPS positioning systems give responders and companies
an edge during – and leading up to – emergencies. These
systems help companies to inventory, secure, or relocate
valuable assets in the face of impending natural disasters.
During events, mission-critical communications, up-to-the-instant insights on mobile crews and vehicles
locations, as well as instant communication with
first responders all allow for a best-case allocation of
resources and safety protocols.
In 2015, three technology partners – Tait
Communications, Avtec, and Tallysman™ – launched
an integrated solution to provide enhanced situational
awareness for workforce and asset tracking. This
solution, EnableLocation™, is powered by Tait and
builds on Avtec Scout™ console technology with the
Tallysman™ TruFleet® Solution to deliver radio-over-IP
connectivity through trunked networks, including the
Harris P25 system.
This integrated solution allows workers in the field to
focus on the immediate situation – they no longer have
to manually call in locations. For law enforcement, this
is a strong benefit, especially during events such as high-speed pursuits.
Mike Ridge, Director of Strategic Alliances for Avtec, says,
“If someone presses the panic button on their radio, we
want to be able to find them quickly. So being able to have
location or last-known location displayed alongside the
voice communication resource is really helpful.”
“Disaster preparation technology can also benefit
organizations during non-crises by increasing worker
safety and improving efficiency, by analyzing patterns
of data – such as telemetry – returned by systems such
as EnableLocation,” said Ridge.
“Organizations are beginning to recognize the value of
data, not only for improving safety, but also for efficiency
purposes. They might gather data from various sources
to try to make their operation more efficient… and
location is one of the first things they gather.”
At Talquin Electric Cooperative, in Quincy, Florida,
a recent location services implementation has improved
both worker safety and efficiency. Talquin Electric’s
190 workers and 110 vehicles provide water, wastewater,
and electric services that cover 2,600 square miles
( 6,733 square kilometers) across four counties in
Tracy Bensley, General Manager of Talquin, said their
nearly 30-year-old radio system was no longer reliable.
They sought to improve signal coverage and take
advantage of the latest digital mobile radio features, such
as GPS, which were not available with their legacy system.
“When you got into the outskirts of our territory, there
were certain areas where we couldn’t get a signal at all,”
“ Organizations are
beginning to recognize
the value of data, not
only for improving
safety, but also for
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