Status Solutions – White Paper – Workplace Safety: Technology Trends Improving Safety in the Workplace
Real-time Situational Awareness and Response Management
One of the benefits of being a technology veteran is that you see a lot of trends over a lot of years, or in my case, decades. When I had my first bag phone with a backpack for the battery case, people mocked me mercilessly. Obviously folks changed their minds and cellular took off. Remember Star Trek’s Captain Kirk walking around with his communicator? That used to be science fiction; now it’s just science with more mobile phones in circulation around the planet today than toothbrushes.
From our perspective, the promise of technology is in prevention — as in preventing bad things from happening or at least facilitating the appropriate response if an emergency does occur. The good news is that a risk management strategy and technology framework does exist to detect threats automatically and initiate the appropriate responses. This approach is called situational awareness, and it leverages several current technology trends to improve communication, reduce confusion and panic, and prevent delayed responses and costly mistakes.