Vismo and ISO 31030 – Travel risk management guidance for organisations.

Organisations have had no choice but to continually adapt to change over the last few years, especially when it comes to protecting their travelling employees. Pre Covid-19, organisations worried about outdated passports and weather delays. Nowadays it’s Covid passports, fewer airline staff, and potential quarantining. Yet despite continually adapting, how can organisations best serve and protect their employees in an increasingly unpredictable world?

What is ISO 31030?

Before ISO 31030’s inception, there were no universal guidelines for travel risk management. Organisations had to use their best judgment when implementing travel safety policy and procedures, creating gaps in wider efforts around people risk management.

ISO 31030 covers all aspects of corporate travel and is written so that it may be applied to a range of contexts and travel requirements. It provides guidance to those looking to create or improve their travel risk management strategy while ensuring the safety of any travelling employee.

Benefits of ISO 31030?

With borders reopening and more and more employees now travelling across the globe, organisations must provide a duty of care and consider the additional risks that come with employees being constantly on the move. By standardising travel risk management, ISO 31030 helps create and promote a culture where travel-related risk is formally acknowledged while being adequately resourced and effectively managed. Incorporating ISO 31030 standards will benefit any organisation by enhancing its reputation and credibility amongst its customer base – and also by improving worker confidence in travel-related health, safety, and security arrangements.

Vismo helps customers adhere to ISO 31030

To summarise, with expanding duty of care responsibilities and risks to business travellers on the rise, companies must find new ways to alleviate the anxieties of business travel, while keeping travelling employees safe. Vismo does this through our world-leading GPS tracking Locate & Protect App.

Whether your teams operate globally, locally or in a hybrid capacity, Vismo can help you manage and mitigate the risks your employees face each day. Around the clock and in all time-zones, Vismo currently locates and protects over 450,000 mobile staff, delivering true peace of mind and cost benefit to employers and employees alike.

Vismo provides Global Traveller, Lone Worker, Hybrid Worker and Mass Notification applications that instantly locate employees – and come with protective features such as Incident Management, Red Alert and Geo-Fencing. Furthermore, our range of devices and apps come with world-class travel risk intelligence feeds from our partnerships with Riskline and Dataminr.

For more information on Vismo, our products and services plus so much more please visit or www.vismo.com or www.vismo.com/us.

Satellite devices available at Vismo

As a result of military escalations in Ukraine and organisations sending their workers to remote corners of the globe, where mobile coverage is either patchy or non-existent, there is now a worldwide shortage of satellite phones and tracking devices. The demand is so high that Vismo strongly advises all our current and potential customers to contact us now if they need devices for current critical or urgent deployment.

All of the satellite solutions Vismo offer, such as the Garmin InReach Mini 2 and Iridium Extreme 9575, work from “Pole to Pole” giving global coverage in those areas where there is no mobile coverage or where the mobile infrastructure has been impacted by military action or natural disasters. In these situations, the only way you will be able to locate, track, and monitor the movements of your remote employees, in order to maximise communications and minimise risks they might face, is by deploying some form of satellite solution.

All Vismo supplied satellite solutions have two way messaging capabilities making communication with remote teams quick and easy. All devices are compatible with Vismo features such as Panic Alert and Geo-Fencing and send regular reports back to the Vismo Secure Portal.

Vismo is a world leader in location technology on mobile devices and is best known for its “locate & protect” smartphone app, which is currently being used by hundreds of our customers across Ukraine and its border regions to reduce risk, however our range of satellite devices is continuing to grow. For more information on our range of devices, how we can secure satellite devices and to download individual product sales sheets please click here.

Vismo announces partnership with Riskline

Vismo and Riskline today announced a key partnership together, providing clients with accurate location services tallied with high quality risk related intelligence.

Vismo offers accurate location services to help organisations better protect their employees through better understanding risks associated with their locations and monitoring any alerts that may be raised. Riskline provides high quality intelligence which is human-verified and analysed, to ensure organisations can quickly respond when an incident or event occurs. Alerts are organised into 7 different risk categories, ensuring organisations receive the most relevant risks to their employees and their location. Riskline also provide detailed data on COVID-19 at country and regional level. Using this information, organisations can more easily understand requirements for travelling, entry and local restrictions, ensuring employees are more prepared and aware of potential risks.

This new exciting partnership provides key benefits for clients to receive high-quality intelligence to better inform employees of potential risks or provide crucial information in an incident. With the use of Vismo, organisations can easily identify when an employee is near an incident, enabling employers to easily provide support to those who are in the affected areas. This ensures organisations are prepared for when an incident does occur as well as better managing risks proactively based on staff proximity to at-risk areas.

Emanuele Scansani, Director of Partnerships at Riskline, states, “We are thrilled to partner with Vismo and bring together Riskline’s human-verified destination intelligence and alerts, with Vismo’s leading location technology. Companies will have the tools they need to ensure their employees are safe wherever they are, a necessity at a time when there is an unprecedented focus on duty of care.”

Craig Swallow, Vismo CEO, comments “Our partnership with Riskline provides our clients with high-quality intelligence alongside accurate location services from Vismo. Organisations can easily understand when an incident occurs using both services and immediately provide support to employees, ensuring safety is at the forefront of planning.”

This partnership demonstrates the dedication to help organisations better protect their employees and ensure they are prepared for when an incident occurs.


About Vismo

Established in 2012 with offices in York, UK, and New Jersey, USA, Vismo provides location monitoring and safety solutions to more than 300 client organisations, helping protect more than 450,000 Vismo App users globally. Vismo uses GPS, Wi-Fi access points and cell tower ID to locate and protect individuals locally and globally through the app on smartphones, tablets, personal trackers and satellite devices.

The app is specifically designed to help all employees, who are travelling, lone working away from home or working from home.

Many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector use Vismo as part of their duty of care towards their employees. For more information please visit www.vismo.com.

About Riskline

Riskline is a leading travel risk intelligence company in operation since 2007 and based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Riskline’s world-class information and analysis services are trusted by small business and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. For more information please visit www.riskline.com.

Vismo smartphone apps play a vital role in preparing employers for any eventuality.

Critical risks that impact global travelling employees can sometimes happen very quickly, for example a terrorist attack or a sudden weather warning, but sometimes critical risks can show signs of building over time, even falling in risk before suddenly reappearing. A current example is the the immediate threat of Russian invasion in Ukraine. In this scenario, Vismo and its locate & protect smartphone apps can play a vital role in making sure an employer is prepared for any eventuality. For those very rapidly developing risks, its often the geographically targeted mass notification feature that provides the greatest value for employers. Vismo mass notification feature allows users to send immediate & critical information to its employees, whether it be to a large group or to selected individuals, anywhere in the world. For those more gradual and building risks, it can be helpful to keep a constant eye on where staff are in relation to the changing risk picture as well as seeing their location trails over a given period. Using location trails on Vismo smartphone apps will help detail the employee’s known day to day travel patterns, meaning they can be warned if those routes will take them into, or close to, an at-risk location.

Another benefit to using Vismo smartphone apps in high risk areas is our geo-fence technology. The employer can add virtual geo-fences around high-risk areas or places of safety to alert the necessary teams when travellers enter or exit these zones. A company’s appropriate teams would all immediately receive notifications letting them know of the ongoing situation so they can respond accordingly. With the current crisis in Ukraine, we’ve found a number of Vismo customers have used this feature to put a geo-fence along or around country/city borders so when workers pass through a notification occurs. This saves time for teams that can then focus primarily on those in higher areas of risk.

Now, more than ever, and in critical risk situations like Ukraine, responsible employers have a desire to locate and protect their lone and travelling workers so if they are in what could be described as hostile environments, the security team and those involved are fully prepared. We highly recommend implementing Vismo locate and protect smartphone apps onto your employee’s smartphone or tablet devices before travelling. Implementing Vismo to improve worker safety can deliver efficiency gains, provide a clear ROI and help staff feel safer and more looked after. Vismo prides itself on aiding your security teams and managers in easily locating and communicating with staff when there is any type of risk and has done this so far throughout the current Ukrainian crisis. Vismo has supported hundreds of travelling employees spreading from city centres such as Kiev & Donetsk to the Ukrainian/Russian boarder and will continue to do so.

Interested to understand more about how Vismo could help you and your staff? Contact our team today for more information on everything Vismo, or for a demonstration of Vismo locate & protect apps.

Visit: http://www.vismo.com

Arrange a demonstration: https://vismo.com/arrange-demo/

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and ROW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Vismo announces the launch of the Vismo Monitor App

The Vismo Monitor App is now live and available to help organisations better manage alerts triggered by employees. The new Monitor App delivers notifications and alerts directly to a mobile device of designated administrators to ensure support can be immediately provided, even if they are away from their PC.

All of the important details are displayed such as the individuals last known location on the map, the time and date the alert was activated, phone number and email address and an audio recording from when the alert was activated. The administrator can directly call the individual from the Monitor App, ensuring a quick and efficient process.

The Monitor App ensures employers have all of the necessary information to hand so they can act quickly when a staff member finds them in a critical situation. This provides organisations with an easy-to-use tool to ensure they can closely monitor and respond to alerts. Employees gain peace of mind knowing their monitoring teams have all the information they need to provide support, even when they are away from their desks.

Vismo helps organisations better protect their employees in many different industries, from those travelling globally to those who have staff who work alone in the community.

Contact our team today for more information, or for a demonstration of Vismo Monitor.

Visit: http://www.vismo.com

Arrange a demonstration: https://vismo.com/arrange-demo/

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Business travel is back, are you prepared?

Recent statistics show business travel is on the rise, which has meant Vismo has seen a significant increase in enquiries over the past few months about protecting traveling employees. In recent weeks, the US has re-opened their borders to foreign visitors after 20 months, a significant move for the travel industry. As the world adapting and slowly returning to normal, many employees are keen to get back to business travel and see customers and sites face to face.

COVID-19 has increased risks for organisations and travellers, meaning there are additional risks to take into consideration and manage. Organisations need to understand the COVID risk at the destination and implement measures for employees to easily raise an alert if there is a problem or emergency.

Five ways to improve the safety of business travellers:

  1. Provide travellers with a Red Alert feature to quickly get help in an emergency
  2. Inform travelers of high-risk areas
  3. Provide a discreet location monitoring solution to ensure travellers can be located
  4. Implement a way to mass notify travellers in an emergency
  5. Ensure two-way communication is available to provide support when required

Vismo can help organisations better manage and mitigate business risk by keeping employees safe and informed. While doing so, staff gain peace of mind knowing they can easily raise an alert in an emergency and receive assistance. 

For organisations to easily identify when employees have entered a high-risk or safe area, virtual geo-fences can be created on the Vismo Secure Portal. Employers are automatically alerted when a user enters or exits one of these areas via SMS and Email. This enables organisations to be more informed about potential risks and this can be passed onto the employee, through the two-way messaging on the Vismo App and the Vismo Secure Portal. Employees also have visibility of the geo-fences through the Vismo App to provide clear awareness of the risks at their destination. 

Using Vismo, organisations can easily send mass notifications to employees through the Vismo Portal. This could be to all employees or those in a specific geo-graphic area. This enables employers to quickly provide crucial information in the event of an emergency. Organisations have control over the message content, delivery method and response options, providing full flexibility within an easy-to-use system.

Risks for those who travel have always existed but the ongoing need to manage COVID-19 has led many of our clients to ensure they are able to locate and protect all of their staff, now more than ever. Vismo helps organisations manage travel risks with the simple deployment of our Vismo Locate & Protect App & Portal. Users benefit from a Red Alert feature, Check-Ins and Mass Notifications and many more.

Find out more:

Visit: www.vismo.com

Arrange a demonstration: https://vismo.com/arrange-demo/

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Vismo to use what3words location technology to help organisations protect their employees

Vismo has announced the rollout of what3words location technology into the Vismo Secure Portal, to help organisations respond to incidents more effectively and keep their employees as safe as possible.

When a user presses the Red Alert or misses a Check-In on the Vismo App, administrators will receive an email and SMS notification with the details, including the what3words address, enabling organisations to find and get resources to the scene.

Craig Swallow, Vismo CEO, says, “Integrating what3words into our platform gives Vismo an extra edge in helping our clients and their employees. It gives administrators – those involved in the escalation process at the client end – a simple way of understanding the precise location of one or more employees. In an incident, it’s critically important to be able to convey information quickly and easily to administrators. Valuable time, and therefore lives and wellbeing, can be saved.

“Using what3words is especially useful in rural or unknown areas, where, using traditional means, finding a precise location can be difficult.”    

Swallow adds, “Emergencies, from a road collision in the middle of the countryside to an incident outside a sports or music stadium gate, can happen anywhere. In an emergency, identifying precisely where help is needed is key. The what3words approach to location identification uses a combination of three words that is unique to a location.  ///clean.fairly.hype, for example, is very useful to have – and is helping to save precious time, resources and lives every day.”

Find out more and contact our team:

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Email us: enquiries@vismo.com

About what3words

Find your what3words address: http://www.what3words.com/

Co-founded in London in 2013 by Chris Sheldrick, what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. The system covers the entire world, never needs updating, and works offline. A what3words address is a human-friendly way to share very precise locations with other people, or to input them into platforms and machines such as ride-hailing apps or e-commerce checkouts. It is optimised for voice input and contains built-in error prevention to immediately identify and correct input mistakes.

The free what3words app, available for iOS and Android, and the online map enable people to find, share and navigate to what3words addresses in 50 languages to date. Millions of what3words addresses are in use around the world, with thousands of businesses using them to save money, be more efficient and provide a better customer experience. what3words is integrated into apps, platforms and websites, with just a few lines of code. Products are available for free or for a nominal fee for qualifying NGOs. Its partners include Mercedes-Benz, Triumph Motorcycles, Premier Inn, the AA and many emergency services across the world. what3words has a team of over 100 people, across offices in the UK, USA, Germany and Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. The company has raised over £100 million in capital from investors such as Intel, Aramex, Deutsche Bahn, Subaru and the Sony Investment Fund.

Understanding the potential risk to those working from home

As we all have experienced over the past 18 months, the global COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged people to reduce social contact and, in many cases, work from home if it is possible. In some instances, there have been positives to working from home, such as reduced hours commuting for employees and financial gain for organisations. However, there are negatives that can come from this, for example some employees enjoy working within an office or workspace. Or for some, and for various reasons, this can be an escape from their home environments.

Individuals may have varying situations at home; some may have a specific workspace set up which enables them to operate efficiently and walk away from that space at the end of the day. Others may live in smaller environments and have no option but to work from the sofa or kitchen table. Some people may enjoy leaving their home and travelling to work each day, to ensure they have a clear separation from their home and work life. Unfortunately, there are many situations where employees experience domestic abuse at home and their safe space is at work. The increase of those working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging situation for victims of domestic abuse. Many individuals in this situation are unable to leave home, meaning it can be increasingly difficult to find the opportunity to speak to others who can help, such as family, friends, or a helpline. Employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees work in a safe space, however, with employees operating from home this brings new challenges for organisations.

Employers need to increase their awareness and understanding of the signs to look out for, this could be through training sessions. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust have many resources available on personal safety for organisations. Employers should also understand how to approach employees who may be at risk and provide resources that could help. Here is a useful toolkit for an employers’ initiative on domestic abuse: Toolkit for Employers — Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (eida.org.uk)

Communication with employees is key, organisations should have a platform or system in place to ensure employees can raise any concerns if they wish to. Organisations can also actively ask employees how they are feeling and check-in with them. Vismo provides a wellbeing feature, where employees are prompted and asked how they are feeling, they can then state how they are feeling on the Vismo App. If an employee is not feeling great, organisations can input options for support, such as a follow-up, details of a helpline or the employee can choose to remain anonymous. The data from the Vismo App is fed back into the Vismo Secure Portal, providing managers with information and reports on their workforce wellbeing. The data can also be fully integrated into Employee Assistance Programmes. This regular communication and check-in could help an employer identify if an employee is experiencing difficulties at home. For employees, this could be a discreet way to raise an alert and start a conversation with the employer.

To find out how Vismo can help, contact us:

Visit: www.vismo.com

Arrange a demonstration: https://vismo.com/arrange-demo/

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Vismo announces the launch of Vismo Notify

Vismo Notify is an easy to use and reliable platform for organisations to immediately notify all members of staff, which enables organisations to efficiently communicate with staff members, whether this is during an incident or updating them with a new company policy. Irrespective of geographic range, large scale or highly localised, all staff members can be notified of an incident based on their proximity to that risk.

Organisations can reduce and manage business and personal risk by implementing a mass notification system. When an incident occurs, it enables organisations to act immediately and provide critical information to their staff. The notification can be customised by the organisation, providing full control. Delivery methods can be chosen by the organisation, whether they would like to send the message through In-App, Email, SMS or Text to Voice. All of these options can be selected and continuously sent until a message is responded to if required. This ensures the individual can be reached no matter where they are, whether they are at their office desk or out meeting clients.

Vismo Notify is designed to help protect all employees, no matter where they are based or travelling. By using multiple delivery methods, staff members can be reached effectively. Employees gain peace of mind knowing they can be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Find out how Vismo can help mass notify your staff by contacting us today:

Email: enquiries@vismo.com

Call us: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)

Visit: https://vismo.com/notify/

Vismo to Exhibit at the Health and Safety Event

Vismo will be exhibiting at the Health and Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from the 7th – 9th September. This event is dedicated to improving workplace safety and protecting employees. Vismo CEO, Craig Swallow, will be holding a talk in the Lone Worker Theatre and joining a panel discussion on the advances in technology. See the schedule below for more details.

Schedule – Talks and Panel Discussions at the Lone Worker Theatre

Tuesday 7th September
11.50am – Robust ways to reduce the risks to remote and lone workers
Craig Swallow, Vismo CEO

2.00pm – Panel Discussion – Advances in Technology
Craig Swallow, Vismo CEO, Anmol Sood, Equivital CEO and Phoebe Parry-Crooke, Partnership Manager at what3words

The Vismo Team are excited to be exhibiting at one of the first events back within the health and safety industry. Come and visit us at our stand 4 / D21.

Website: www.vismo.com

Contact – +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US)