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RFID-Enabled Walkie-Talkies Help Track Remote Workers

Hytera's PD415 radio and Patrol Management software enable companies to track where their workers are, and when, by having employees tap the handset against tags mounted at work sites.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 12, 2015

Banks, residences, hotels and logistics firms have begun using RFID-enabled two-way radios provided by wireless technologies company Hytera UK, to monitor the locations of its security guards and other personnel. Hytera's PD415 handheld two-way radio comes with a built-in RFID reader, designed to work in conjunction with Hytera's personnel RFID cards, RFID-tagged Patrol Checkpoints and Patrol Management software application, to manage each read event and make that data available to a company's management or clients as needed.

The PD415 radio was released in May of this year, says Martin Edwards, Hytera UK's head of product management. The radio's RFID technology is designed to monitor the locations of individuals who work remotely and are constantly on the move, such as guards, cleaners and maintenance personnel. The radio's built-in RFID reader module, designed and manufactured by Hytera, complies with the ISO 15693 standard.

The PD415 handheld two-way radio comes with a built-in RFID reader designed to work in conjunction with Hytera's RFID-tagged Patrol Checkpoint.
Hytera UK, a subsidiary of Hytera Communications Co. Ltd., is a distributor of Hytera wireless communications equipment, such as two-way radios used by security and maintenance personnel to stay in contact with their offices and with each other.

Hytera UK's Martin Edwards
This year, the company opted to add an RFID feature to one of its radios, in order to create a more visible trail of the movements of staff members who work at remote locations. "The radio was developed to improve the efficiency of guard tour systems, to reduce the number of devices that need to be carried and to allow real-time monitoring of the patrollers," Edwards explains.

Most companies use a predominantly manual method of tracking the movements of their personnel through remote locations. Individuals have assigned routes, and can check in via mobile phone or radio (such as a Hytera product) each time they arrive at, or leave, a specific location. Hytera's new RFID-enabled radios make this process automated.

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