The concept of situational awareness has been around in the aviation, military and healthcare sectors for years. While it has its roots in combative environments, its benefits can be applied to numerous scenarios and sectors and can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
What is situational awareness?
Situational awareness is essentially knowing what’s going on around you; An understanding of what’s happening in time and space, and how those variables might present as future risks. Situational awareness is a key factor for Indoor Intelligence across a variety of industries and addresses multiple use cases from safety and security to tracking and optimization.
Why does situational awareness matter?
There are many instances where situational awareness can help organizations improve security and safety, however in certain environments situational awareness is particularly valuable.
In the context of a large corporate campus, Indoor Intelligence technology can be used to keep employees and information secure. Indoor security technology, like Inpixon Aware, can help paint a comprehensive picture of what’s happening – and what shouldn’t be happening – within a facility by giving organizations and security teams visibility into the devices that are transmitting on-site. This empowers organizations to make smarter more informed decisions around security, risk mitigation and public safety, at scale. Organizations cannot address threats from rogue devices and wireless access points if they do not know that they are there.
Similarly, there are many environments where digital distraction can have serious ramifications. In industrial environments, many organizations are exploring the possibility of using technology to monitor no-phone zone compliance. By being able to detect the presence of personal devices on the manufacturing shop floor, lives can potentially be saved and productivity increased as the risk of injury can be greatly reduced. In this case, situational awareness applies at two different levels:
Management is harnessing technology to build situational awareness and visibility into the transmission environment to monitor for dangerous no-phone zone violations.
By removing digital distraction from the workplace, employees are increasing their situational awareness of the physical environment and the risks they present.
In both ways, situational awareness is driving operational efficiencies and safety improvements.
How can technology help cultivate situational awareness?
Inpixon’s indoor security solution, Inpixon Aware, helps organizations to cultivate situational awareness by empowering them to detect the transmitting devices within a facility. Whether the need is to identify rogue devices and wireless access points in your buildings or monitor no-phone zones in warehouses or boardrooms, Inpixon Aware provides security and facility operations teams with the current and forensic data they need to be effective.
It is imperative that any indoor security solution that is meant to support situational awareness is scalable and extensible. When your solution can integrate with others, you can not only gather information, but can swiftly make data-driven decisions. For example, Inpixon Aware integrates with leading Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems to empower organizations to enforce no-phone zones, enabling you to keep your data, organization, and employees safe while reducing risk.
Inpixon’s technology achieves situational awareness through our comprehensive range of detection capabilities including Wi-Fi, BLE, Cellular, and Ultra-Wideband (UWB). Organizations can create situational awareness with precise indoor positioning and wireless device detection to make informed decisions around security, risk mitigation and public safety.
Enterprises need to be situationally aware of their wireless landscape and practice mobile risk management. Managing these attacks can be achieved through greater situational awareness via continuous monitoring of the wireless spectrum. Mobile intelligence can only be achieved via a combination of wireless intrusion detection and dynamic location-based policy management.
An industry veteran and leader, John Piccininni is a business development and channel sales management strategist who develops long-term relationships with channel partners and users to grow brands. During the past 25 years, John has built partner networks, opened markets worth several billion dollars, and managed large-scale, complex sales for sophisticated identity-based physical security solutions that span the globe. John holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.