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April 10th, 2017

Honeywell Debuts Satellite-Based Solution to Help Ensure Worker Location Safety

Honeywell is now offering a satellite-based connected solution to help governments, companies and other organizations monitor the location and safety of workers in remote locations—their Personal Tracker uses Iridium's LEO satellite constellation network that provides pole-to-pole coverage, an absolute necessity for effective remote asset and personnel tracking. The mobile device allows companies to communicate with their workers or track assets anywhere in the world — across oceans, airways and even polar regions.

Emergency services, maritime, military and oil and gas workers can share their location with GPS coordinates and send text messages using the enterprise-grade, ultra-rugged device, which is certified to function in hazardous environments where explosions or a fire may occur due to flammable liquids or vapors. The unit can be used as a stand-alone, two-way communications device or can be clipped to a backpack to serve as a tracking beacon and can also be paired with an iPhone, so that users can access a Honeywell mobile app that offers features such as interactive SOS, messaging, push notifications, trip information and situational awareness. For example, in the event of an emergency, an organization can send push notifications to alert its workers — regardless of their location — and then track their locations and provide updates as they seek shelter.

Honeywell's Personal Tracker.

The Personal Tracker is exclusive to the Iridium® network. With Iridium's two-way communication capabilities, even when used as a stand-alone alerting and tracking beacon, the Personal Tracker can receive current location requests and configuration updates over the air. The mobile device supports Honeywell's ViewPoint software, a web-based platform that provides organizations with real-time visibility for tracking and monitoring high-value assets such as vehicle fleets and cargo containers. The ViewPoint platform offers organizations and government users advanced features, such as a 90-day tracking history, geofencing, scheduling reports, alert management and messaging.

Screenshot of Honeywell's ViewPoint software.

Taylor Smith, the President of Honeywell's Workflow Solutions business, declared that those responsible for employees in remote locations, especially lone workers who may be performing risky work, increasingly need a reliable method to stay connected to those workers to keep them safe and secure. Honeywell's connected worker technology and Iridium's proven platform enable satellite communications from anywhere on Earth. This offers remote workers, such as workers on offshore oil platforms or forestry service workers, peace-of-mind and provides their employers with a valuable communication and search-and-rescue tool for emergency situations.