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Monitoring personnel in real-time

When it comes to the management of personnel, Active Track offers a solution that will provide peace-of-mind, accountability, and a complete management tool for end-users. Active Track says it has unlimited applications for a wide range of industries.

By Danie de Villiers, managing director of Active Track

The Active Track embodies multiple technologies, namely RFID, GPS, GPRS and GSM, which is driven by a web interface software solution called Active View.

The integration of the aforementioned technologies results in a world-class management solution. As we unpack the technologies it will become evident that Active Track is the appropriate solution to manage staff in real time.


Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is used to identify objects or people using RFID tags. A RFID tag is a small tag that can be attached to or incorporated into a product. RFID tags include a chip that stores an ID with a unique serial number that we can designate to a unique name, number or designation.


We can designate a RFID point to a place/area and set parameters surrounding that tag to say the following RFID needs to be scanned at this time on this day and this often. We can set the parameters as per the client’s requests.

We can allocate a printable RFID name tag and with that tag we can do time and attendance of a person accompanied by a report of these activities.

Through Active View we can set a parameter on an RFID tag which indicates every time the RFID tag is scanned and Active View receives the feedback from the tag. Depending on the client’s specifications, an alarm may be raised, or a message or an e-mail sent. (Where this makes a difference, is a dummy point on a patrol to raise a silent alarm, if a client is adamant to be notified that his diesel pumps have been checked and so on.)

Because RFID tag’s come in all forms of shapes and sizes, this allows us to be imaginative, so we can generate complete checklists to audit lists. It’s all about directing the data, then mining the essentials to a readable report, which we can do.

The added use of the RFID tags is to communicate an action that takes place on-site. A tag can be loaded as “issuing hand soap” for a cleaning company or “generator diesel level recorded”. The tag can be carried in a wallet and scanned when needed.


The global positioning system (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world.


Through Active View, our web-based monitoring solution, we can do the following:
Create Geo-Tags – A geo-tag is a radius set on Google Earth creating an active area whereby if an Active Track device enters the vicinity it will interlink the data and register it as a read point. We can set the same parameters on a Geo-Tag as we would on an RFID tag.

We can create a Geo-Fence – A geo-fence could be dynamically generated. It is a radius around a store or point location. A geo-fence can also be a pre-defined set of boundaries. For example, school attendance zones or neighbourhood boundaries. When the Active Track device enters or exits a geo-fence, Active View receives that information and can generate a notification. This notification might contain information about the location of the device or generate alarm conditions.

We can generate historical Google Earth maps with critical information displayed on the maps, including time and date, travel speed and whereabouts.

In real-time we can track an Active Track device.


The system operates on the GSM network and can only be used where there is network coverage. It uses the GPRS network to transmit the data collected on-site. With this connectivity, there is all the functionality that a smart phone provides:

Communication is vital and our device allows for two-way communication. The device is essentially a cellphone with a difference. The device can be called and the call is automatically answered. The end-user cannot answer the device nor end the call. The device rings and vibrates 10 times and automatically answers. This is a security feature. The device can be programmed to make calls to a designated number should this be required.

We can also set a silent call function whereby the device doesn’t ring, it just automatically answers. This is also a security function in that the ambient noises can be heard without raising an alarm.

The unit is therefore not only a guard monitoring device, enabled to provide a time and attendance solution, that can be used to track valuable assets on-site, but replaces the need for a base station on site.
And there is more.


General packet radio service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. It is often described as “2.5G”. That is, a technology between the second (2G) and third (3G) generation of mobile telephony. It provides moderate speed data transfer by using unused TDMA channels in the GSM network.

This is the platform that the Active Track device communicates to Active View on, thus creating real-time information anywhere.

With that in mind, our device has a panic button and please call me button embedded in it so the moment a panic is raised, Active View will receive the panic in real-time.


Active View is a web-based software solution that allows for ease of access wherever there is Internet connectivity.

It is the platform whereby the parameters are designed and monitored through. All the alarm conditions generated by the system can also be sent out via sms or e-mail.

From complete business intelligence reports, to inactive devices. All is accessible through this platform.
In addition to this open line of communication, Active Track provides a unique reporting system which provides accurate information of personnel movements, ensuring that they are performing their duties as and when required, and precisely to customer expectations.

The Active Track unit is a robust, simple and easy-to-use device, which can be operated by employees to provide a direct communications link and innovative reporting system to management and the end-user, for effective, informed and real-time decisions.

The Active Track unit provides complete control and peace-of-mind to the user, manager and client as an empowerment tool, enabling all parties to react and respond to a security threat or alarm condition and take the appropriate action.


For the private security industry, Active Track provides a complete patrol monitoring solution where security officers, based at any site around the world, can be monitored during their patrols.

The Active View software allows for the creation of an on-site patrol route with various checkpoints.

If these checkpoints are not clocked within a pre-determined timeframe, the system will generate an alarm, and call the Active Track unit to confirm the security officer’s whereabouts.
The Active View software monitors all RFID transmissions including panics, please call me’s and missed patrols in real-time. Security officers can raise a panic signal from any location by simply pushing the panic button on his baton.

The event tagging function, which can be used for a wide range of industries, is also effective for the guarding industry as a time and attendance or reaction officer solution, when tags need to be registered at certain times.
Security managers can track their reaction officer’s movements by placing a tag on a signboard or property entrance.

This tag is registered by the security officer as he arrives at a site in response to an alarm for inspection. The officer registers the tag, which generates an e-mail/sms confirming that he was on site at a specific time.
This generates an electronic reporting system, proving to the client that the guard was performing his duties as required.

In addition, Active Track also provides a unique residential security function where residents have a direct communication line to security officers on site.

Residents returning home can call ahead to ensure security officers can meet them at their gate, or their front door.

Residents can also call from inside their home regarding any suspicious activity, or to alert a security officer to arriving visitors.


The Active Track unit and the Active View software provides a complete monitoring solution for a wide range of industries, which extends far beyond just the guarding sector.

Active Track is a highly effective monitoring solution which can be utilised in any industry, including security, construction, mining, and corporate companies.

For organisations that employ field workers, including sales representatives, health and safety officers, or even industrial employees based at remote locations around the world, Active Track provides a complete management tool.
For organisations with a team of sales representatives, Active Track provides a functionality where these employees can check in their location at the various client premises that are required to be called at in a day.

The patrol system effectively tracks the whereabouts of any employee required to be at a particular location at a particular time, including health and safety officers, who are required to perform health and safety audits at a range of specific checkpoints on a site.

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