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Improving lone worker safety among district nurses, carers, estate agents and enforcement officers:

Vismo has enhanced its existing Check-In function on its GPS-based global tracking app, allowing users to submit their immediate location information back to the Vismo platform, with an additional Safety Timer. The Timed Check-In function has been designed to improve the safety of lone workers.

The Vismo app operates on all smartphone and satellite phone platforms, from the iPhone to Android and Windows phones, and satellite trackers for use when no mobile coverage is available.

The new feature is particularly suited to lone workers - estate agents, district nurses, carers and enforcement officers - who face increased risks whenever working alone on premises other than their employer’s, particularly when meeting people they’ve never met before.

Vismo’s Timed Check-Ins allow users to allocate a timer which will automatically trigger an alert if they don’t explicitly cancel it. When leaving the premises, enforcement officers in particular can be faced with potentially distressing and often confrontational situations when entering a property, in order to enforce a court order.

“The safety of lone workers has been in the spotlight since the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, when she was due to meet a client at an empty property and did not return from that appointment,” says Vismo director Colin Dale.

“Our Timed Check-In feature brings lone worker safety into sharp focus, because it enables users to set timescales per job on their phone. If a worker doesn’t check out after checking in, for example for a 30 minute job, an alert will be triggered and the account administrators notified via SMS and email,” Dale adds.

Users can also utilise a long-established feature of the Vismo app - its panic button, clearly visible on their device. When a panic alert is activated, the app makes immediate contact with its monitoring station, which can be configured to share information with emergency services if necessary. The app also transmits covert audio to the station, aiding the account administrators and/ or monitoring team to identify any issues facing the end-user.

Additionally, the staff may seek “proof of life” from the user by asking, in case the device has fallen into the wrong hands, questions that, collectively, only the user can answer correctly.

The app is provided to staff by some employers under their duty of care to them. “Where employers don’t provide the app – or a service like it – they may be considered to be failing in their duty of care,” says Dale. Employers who sign their lone workers up to the app are given their own web-based monitoring system, allowing them to track and respond to staff at any time in the 24/7 cycle.

More at vismo.com and suzylamplugh.org/FAQs/lone-working



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