As you read this, there will be thousands of security guards across the country patrolling sites. Some will be checking in, and some will be carrying out routine patrols. As security providers, our clients pay good money to ensure that our guarding team protect their sites on our behalf; but what proof does the client have? There aren't too many affordable checking-in systems which aren't open to scruitiny. We've probably all been to a site on more than one occasion that has a dallas key (pipe) system, where the metal points have been removed by the guard and replaced with Blu-Tak at the end of a shift. I've personally heard stories on more than one occasion of supervisors finding a sheet of duplicated bar-codes hidden in the reception drawer when visiting a site.
The system proposed here is genuinely different. It is non-hardware specific software, written to be installed on the cheapest Android phone, or the most expensive ruggedized Android PDA. The software is made up of two parts, the simple GPS based guard application which can be seen in the mock-up below, and the web interface - which is designed to allow both managers to log in, and also let the clients see check calls made on their premises, and pass memos back to the guards on the ground, which pop up on the next check-in.
In additon to logging in at checkpoints based on GPS information, the software will have an in-built distress mode, which can be activated manually, or on a timer system. Once activated, the back end server will send a distress message to the supervisor or control room via email. If the system is connected up to an Asterisk based phone server, a script is available which will take over the distress call and phone the supervisor in order to arrange support.
Up until now, software like this hasn't been available at an affordable price to the small-medium security industry supplier. By backing this project, you get to get your hands on the application and put it to good use.