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How 5G advanced wireless technology affects lone-worker safety

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January 6, 2020
By Lester Tiro

Environment/Climate Change Health & Safety Occupational Hygiene 5G Broadband Connectivity Lone worker safety

Improvements to broadband will aid mobile connections

A fail-proof connection system is crucial for any lone-worker monitoring system to be effective, writes Lester Tiro. (Rh2010/Adobe Stock)

Wireless technology has made incredible strides through the generations, and 5G is the next leap forward.

The fifth generation of mobile broadband is expected to be introduced in Canada early this year.

5G connections boast significantly faster download and upload speeds, extensive geographical coverage, and an increasingly stable connection.

But the real value of 5G is the creation of opportunities for people and businesses, as well as advantages that will benefit the safety of lone workers.

Improved connection

Going forward, connectivity and density capabilities will keep the lines of communication open, regardless of how remote a lone worker’s location may be.


Imagine one of your workers is in trouble, but their lack of cell service prevents them from calling for help. A situation like this should never occur.

A fail-proof connection system is crucial for any lone-worker monitoring system to be effective.

5G will secure this essential component and ensure continuous connectivity.

Monitoring capability

For companies who employ a large workforce of lone workers, 5G will be a game-changer.

Size constraints will become obsolete and connections will not suffer, regardless of if an organization employs five or 500 people.

Large numbers of users will no longer jeopardize the quality of speed or service.

Any previous limitations on the number of users that could be monitored will be eliminated by 5G.

More reliable devices

The significant reduction in power consumption and increased energy efficiency that will be realized by 5G will allow workers to save their batteries for what matters most — letting their organizations know that they are safe.

5G will solve the problem of lone workers who rely on their smartphones missing a check-in due to a dead battery. And longer battery life will provide more comprehensive coverage in terms of the longevity of in-app motion sensors such as fall detection, man-down detection and shake for an emergency.

Connected future

In summary, any improvements in network connectivity will improve the effectiveness and reliability of lone-worker monitoring solutions.

The added convenience and improved user experience for lone workers and employers in Canada can only mean one thing — 5G is another step in the right direction for the future of safety.

Lester Tiro is the product marketing manager at Tsunami Solutions in Vancouver. 


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