New Zealand’s landscape is diverse, with may parts considered rugged, remote and sparsely populated. Great for a holiday destination but sometimes things need to be built in these environments and people need to work there. These rugged environments come with their own set of challenges including the weather, terrain and communication. What should you consider when looking at safety solutions if you work in these remote locations?
20% of New Zealand has no mobile coverage.
Most of us take using our cellphone for granted. In February 2016 fifteen new cell towers became operational, however 20% of New Zealand has no mobile coverage. For many places on the West coast of the South Island and the central regions of both Islands cell phone coverage is non-existent or patchy and WiFi non-existent.
Any computerised safety system needs to allow your team to continue working with no connection. If they know that they are heading to an area with poor coverage can they download their documents to their device before they leave the office? Forms are filled in on location but can the information gathered be uploaded when the team are back in mobile coverage or have WiFi access?
In some New Zealand locations the weather can be extreme. Working in these conditions can cause many problems but entering data should not be one of them. Systems need to have large buttons with a clutter free design so that information can be entered quickly and easily.
If you don't want to remove your gloves because it is too cold, voice to type functionality may be an important feature. Most tablets and phones support "voice to type" but not all software can utilise this facility.