There are over 8 million lone workers in the UK; that’s over 20% of the UK workforce for whom connectivity can be lifesaving.
And then there are hidden lone workers. If you work from home or stay late after everyone has left, you’re considered a lone worker—and organisations have the same duty of care for homeworkers as they do other staff.
Lone workers are vulnerable—and they’re underequipped.
Worse yet, while organisations have a legal responsibility to protect their workers from these risks, many don’t equip their workers with even the most basic communication devices.
Citing a lack of confidence in safety communication tech, many organisations think mobile devices lack the coverage to reliably do the job, while others worry that the devices will distract staff from their duties.
Add in soaring employee insurance costs, a growing number of remote home workers, and the need to improve efficiencies while cutting costs on labour, and businesses are under increasing pressure to find the right safety communication solutions to protect their workers.
That’s where lone worker IoT solutions come in.
And it’s a big market for solution providers and telecom resellers to tap into. Berg Insight predicts the lone worker devices that operate on GPS and cellular tech in the EU will grow from 645,000 in 2019, to 1.1 million by the end of 2023, with the combined EU and North American lone worker solution markets almost doubling in value to €284 million.
Lone worker IoT solutions can help:
Location tracking provides reassurance that workers are on the move and in the right place, and vital information on historic routes can be given to emergency services if something goes wrong.
A step further, organisations can use geo-fencing to set up no-go zones that send notifications should a worker stray into a hazardous area.
Lone workers also benefit from being able to complete processes and collaborate with others on the move, rather than back at the office.
You’ve got the device and the software, here’s why you need the lone worker connectivity to match
And with no single mobile network having flawless coverage, a normal SIM simply won’t make the cut.
Safe from outages, they provide the always-on reliable two-way communication lone workers need to stay safe—as well as the value-added services organisations require. Multi-network SIMs are fully managed, with usage alerts and portals that put organisations in complete control of connectivity. Furthermore, whether you have 100 SIMs or 1000, 100mb or 10GB, data pooling, static IPs, and automatically adjusting tariffs can all be added to create bespoke lone worker connectivity solutions tailored to business needs.
So whether it’s signalling for support in emergency situations, making sure they’re always accounted for in the field, accessing files and collaborating with colleagues, dialling out to ask for a second opinion, or receiving calls that give them critical information, lone workers with IoT can work worry-free wherever they go.
Organisations can choose what websites workers can access, and when, all at a network level. So no hours lost to social media feeds or malware picked up from unsafe sites.