A Guard tour patrol system is a system for logging the rounds of employees in a variety of situations such as security guards patrolling property, technicians monitoring climate-controlled environments, and correctional officers checking prisoner living areas. It helps ensure that the employee makes his or her appointed rounds at the correct intervals and can offer a virtually indisputable record for legal or insurance reasons.
An example of a modern set-up might work as follows: The employee carries an portable electronic reader or electronic data collector which is activated at each checkpoint. Checkpoints can consist of a piece of so-called tag (mostly enclose a RFID chip) that is with an unique and unchanegeable identification code. This tag nowadays available could be iButton semiconductors, magnetic strips, proximity microchips such as RFIDtags, or optical barcodes. The data collector stores the ID code of the checkpoint with the date and time. Later, the information is downloaded from the collector into a computer where the checkpoint's ID will have an assigned location. Data collectors can also be programmed to ignore duplicate checkpoint activations that occur sequentially or within a certain time period. A backend computer system is used to compile the data from the collector that can print out summaries that pinpoint missed checkpoints or patrols without the operator having to review all the data collected. Devices can be subject to misuse or heavy wear and tear, to ensure that these devices protect themselves from the harsh working environment.
Though widely used throughout the security industry, these systems are best used in situations that require regular checks for fire, atmospheric conditions and/or malfunctions that could possibly endanger workers and/or assets. Regular patrols by security personnel offer predictability and therefore improve the criminal's chance of committing a crime. For routes which have significant outdoor exposure,GPS capable variant have proven to be a far more effective means of tracking security and law enforcement patrol behavior. Unfortunately GPS systems do not function in the most vulnerable areas such as indoors, underground or within floors of a building.
While the mobile devices are explosively popular, now a new design of patrol guard tour system that is real-time emerges in the market. Data read can be transferred to monitor room immediately via mobile network. We will have this model released very soon.