Sepura introduced its STProtect indoor tracking and location solution at TETRA World Congress 2012. STProtect is primarily targeted at providing lone worker safety and protection across a wide range of sectors.
It works with Sepura STP8000 and STP9000 series hand-portable radios to provide a complete, built-in communications and location system for users in sectors where the security benefits of a TETRA solution are required, but where employee protection and location are also paramount.
Sepura’s international programmes manager Colin Eade told Wireless: ‘Many solutions for locating personnel inside buildings usually involve RFID tags, so they need to get very close to a check point for control to locate them. Our solution provides a way of locating personnel indoors without them having to do anything – it’s automatically done through their TETRA radios.’
The STProtect solution is comprised of three components:
STProtect-enabled radios - A special STProtect module is located within the Sepura STP9000, 9100, 8000 and 8100 hand-portable radios.
STProtect beacons - A series of battery-powered, IP65 STProtect radio beacons can be placed at key, user-defined positions within specific sites.
STProtect software - An easy-to-use, fully-featured STProtect management software suite, which provides real time information on who has been where and when.
In addition to its core function of enabling operatives, particularly lone workers, to be located quickly and easily in an emergency, STProtect also enables organisations to control access to certain areas of sites, monitor employees’ location and movement and provide users, such as maintenance engineers and security guards, with set routes and checkpoints.
Eade explained: ‘You can programme the system in a variety of ways. For example, a security guard might have no set patrol route, so you just track him. Or you might set it so he has to check certain areas and programme a number of beacons, but you are not bothered about what order he checks them in. Or you might say; he must pass beacons 1 to 10 in that order.’
As a solution, STProtect also offers exceptional levels of flexibility by, for example, allowing users to adjust the range and polling rate of the beacons, enabling the swift importing of building plans and establishing a variety of alarm scenarios.
Sepura senior VP Jens Thostrup commented: ‘STProtect will be particularly valuable to organisations such as airports, prisons, industrial sites, shopping centres and stadia. These sectors often have a requirement for the multiple benefits, particularly security, of a TETRA radio system, but also face the challenge of having to track and locate staff indoors.
STProtect is already in use at Lyon and Orleans Airports and a number of warehouses in France.Wir