Upgrade for guard monitoring equipment

February 2002 News & Events

Having manufactured guard monitoring equipment since the mid-80s, GuardTrack has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience. Over the past 18 months this expertise has been put to use with many products being up-graded to higher specifications as well as the introduction of new ones.

Originally guard-monitoring was developed solely to report on the performance of patrolling security guards. However, as the security industry has become increasingly IT-driven, older software applications are unable to produce the levels of flexibility and integration now required.

However, the original concept of the guard carrying an electronic baton and visiting patrol points that do not require wiring or a separate power supply has been retained. Early in 1999 GuardTrack released GuardTrack 5, a 32 bit software package to store and present patrol information. A central feature of this software is the report generator that can produce various reports depending on the client's requirements.

A function that has also proven to be popular is the ability to export reports to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Once in this format reports can be e-mailed to clients, vastly reducing printing costs and time.

As a security company expands, the logistical problem of moving batons to and from sites for downloading starts to become apparent. GuardTrack has overcome this with the introduction of the supervisor baton.

The supervisor baton was designed with two roles in mind, viz as a data collection tool allowing a supervisor to download on site data stored in the guard's baton and secondly, as the supervisor baton is able to clock patrol points and store the data in the same way as a standard patrol baton, operation managers now have the ability to monitor and report on supervisors as they move from site to site.

At the Securex 2000, GuardTrack introduced the Patrol Monitor, an optional extra that can be added to standard GuardTrack historical systems. It uses standard GuardTrack patrol batons and points and schedules the time of each patrol and then sends realtime signals relative to the guard's performance using a radio transmitter.

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