Protect and Manage Lone Workers and Homeworkers

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic continues to plunge the world into uncertainty, it has impelled many organisations to change the way they work and introduce remote working from home for many employees.

LOneWorkerApp-iPhone7-990514051401453cVismo recognises the risks faced by lone workers and has developed the Vismo Lone Worker App; a fully integrated solution for all mobile platforms.

With the strict new measures being introduced by Governments to tackle the outbreak, employees may also be exercising alone to adhere to social distancing rules. If an employee is found in a difficult position they can activate the panic alert from the Lone Worker App. Once activated, Vismo will covertly record audio and notify key contacts of the situation.

The Lone Worker App turns a smartphone or tablet into a tracking device with a panic button, timed check-in functionality and assignment capabilities. It enables lone workers to have two-way encrypted communication with colleagues, managers and security teams.

Lone Worker App Features Include:

    • Panic Alert with Covert Audio Recording
    • GPS Tracking with Location History
    • Two-way Encrypted Messaging
    • Geo-Fencing
    • Yellow Alert Timed Check-ins
    • Assignments
    • Personalised Interface

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Protect your Travelling Employees with Vismo Satellite Devices

GPS tracking devices have proven to be an essential piece of equipment for those travelling around the world where standard mobile devices are simply not suitable. Organisations have a Duty of Care towards their employees to ensure their safety, and should continually extend diligence when employees travel to potential/known high-risk areas. It is in these areas where tracking devices become really essential.

Global Tracking Specialist, Vismo, provides peace of mind and reassurance to those travelling around the world, often in areas where there is no GSM mobile coverage. Vismo provides trackers that are all fully integrated into the Vismo Secure Portal, allowing for the monitoring of users travelling globally. The trackers also provide live location updates and location history reports with notifications for panic alerts, country change and geo-fence alerts.

Iridium Extreme

iridium-9575-rentalThe reliable nature of the Iridium Extreme works across the 100% global Iridium network and has up to 30 hours standby and 4 hours of talk time.  The Iridium Extreme is built with military grade toughness in a small durable structure to guarantee communications and monitoring in the toughest conditions. The Iridium Extreme has incorporated SMS, email messaging and dialling capabilities as well as a specialist panic button. Upon activation of the panic alert, an alert is sent to the Vismo Secure Portal for monitoring capabilities.

 

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RockSTAR

The RockSTAR two-way messenger works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks using the truly global Iridium Satellite network. The handheld unit is waterproof, light weight, ruggedised and designed to withstand the most challenging of environments, with a long battery life of 3 weeks set to 30 minuet fixes. Send two-way messaging using SMS and email formats, as well as raising the panic alert using the specialist button.

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The small, but powerful rugged lightweight satellite tracker is the perfect solution for travelling where size and weight matter. The palm sized devices work using the 100% Global Iridium coverage, which reports locations and alerts to the portal.

 

 

To find out more about Vismo tracking devices, please contact enquires@vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

Vismo used by Leading UCL Research Team at Remote Volcanoes

Leading UCL lecturer, Dr Emma Liu, and her research team, take Vismo to Earth’s most remote volcanoes for essential monitoring and constant tracking. 

Read about Dr Liu’s trip below:

Satellite communication from Vismo supports research team working at some of the most remote volcanoes on Earth

Mobile communication solutions are an essential part of any expedition planning, particularly for those teams or individuals heading to remote places. “As research takes scientists to ever more extreme environments, satellite-based solutions have revolutionised the support available to help them keep in contact” says Vismo, the global tracking solution company.

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In January 2020, Dr Emma Liu, a Lecturer in Volcanology at the University College London, set sail on a five week ocean expedition to the South Sandwich Islands. Together with Dr Kieran Wood from the University of Bristol, their aim was to measure and sample the volcanic gases being emitted from this remote and unexplored chain of volcanoes in the Southern Ocean.

“We knew that at our furthest point we would be more than eight hundred miles from the nearest civilisation. Our closest neighbours were on the international space station! In such a situation, it is a great reassurance to have the ability to contact a support network in the event of an emergency” says Emma. “This is why we contacted Vismo”.

clarke rocksIn addition to volcanological research, the multi-disciplinary expedition team aboard the Pelagic Australis sailing yacht included penguin ecologists, glaciologists, a whale biologist, an expedition medic and a media team. “The South Sandwich Islands have only been visited by a handful of scientists, and fewer still have attempted to land ashore. We were a strong team, with lots of experience on board, so this was a unique opportunity for inter-disciplinary science”, says Emma.

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“During the expedition, I was working with Dr Tom Hart, University of Oxford, to explore the impact of volcanic activity on one of the largest known penguin colonies on Earth. A population census in 2012, prior to a large eruption in 2016, indicated several tens of thousands of Chinstrap and Adelie penguins on Saunders Island. We were interested to discover the impact of this eruption on the health of the colony, and how they have responded to persistent toxic volcanic gas emissions since.” Emma adds. “I was also fascinated to find out about t

he chemical composition of the volcanic gases being emitted into the atmosphere, and to assess the emission rate of major gases such as carbon dioxide”.

Emma had been supported by Vismo on a previous expedition to Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania (with PhD student Kate Laxton, also from UCL; read more here), where satellite communication had proved invaluable. Emma explains “We were able to seek medical advice from emergency services in the UK that set our mind at rest when one of the team fell ill. We also used Vismo’s continuous tracking facility, which updated our location every 20 minutes and could be viewed by our support team back at UCL. Given the success of communications during this expedition to Africa, my first port of call when I knew I was headed to somewhere even more remote was Vismo”.

Emma adds, “Vismo advisors suggested the Iridium Extreme satellite phone for my communication needs. The hardware support I received from Vismo was second to none. They set up all the hardware and arranged the call plan leaving me free to concentrate on preparing the scientific equipment”.

Satellite comms offer a flexible solution for field research

In addition to emergency comms, Emma and her team found satellite communication to be essential on a day to day basis. “We would land ashore each morning and hike far up the volcano to make our measurements. Although equipped with VHF radios to contact the sailing vessel and other teams ashore, the mountainous terrain meant we would often go out of line of sight making radio contact difficult. In this situation, the satellite phone provided by Vismo allowed us to check in from wherever we were, and to provide logistical updates to the team when needed. I never left the boat with my satellite phone” says Emma.saunders glacier trek

Later in the expedition, when weather conditions caused plans to change, the research team used satellite communication to contact the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to request last minute changes to their research permits, which were granted. Emma explains, “These last minute alterations to our permits allowed us to collect additional samples that would otherwise not have been possible. In the field you need to be very flexible and ready to change plans in response to the weather. Satellite communications gave us that flexibility we needed”.

Would Emma look to satellite communications for her future expeditions? “Absolutely.” she says, “Fortunately, we did not have to use the emergency capabilities of the Iridium Extreme satellite phone. However, the simple reassurance of a quick call home, or a check-in message to the UCL support team, is not to be underestimated. When you are eight hundred miles away from help, satellite communications provide a lifeline to help you to feel connected”.

Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/people/academic/dr-emma-liu

To find out more about Vismo, or to arrange a trial, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

Protect Individuals Travelling to Japan with Vismo

Returning to Japan for the first time since 1964, the countdown is on until Tokyo hosts the biggest sporting event in the world. Global tracking specialist Vismo is set to provide organisations and travellers with essential monitoring and tracking capabilities. With the eyes of the world on Tokyo, focus must be placed on security for the large-scale event.

Before travelling abroad, travellers should conduct research in order to understand any potential cultural differences, as well as any possible risks in the target destination. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world. Yet with natural disasters making the headlines, should travellers and attendees be cautious of their safety? In wake of recent natural disasters event organisers are taking extra precautions to ensure travellers feel safe at the Games. According to media reporting, attendees can feel reassured in the knowledge that all venues have been constructed so  they are seismic resistant and comply with strict Japanese building regulations. Venues also have specialist evacuation plans as an added precaution should natural tremors occur. Attendees’ safety is the primary concern for event organisers, who have even resulted in fail-safe testing their venues through controlled simulated earthquake testing.

While Japan is pulling out all the stops to safeguard attendees and provide ease of mind, Vismo advises travellers to extend further diligence to their own individual safety.

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Secure Portal – Example incident in Japan.

How can Individuals/ Organisations Protect Themselves?

Vismo enables organisations to protect and monitor individuals travelling globally with the Global Traveller App. Using GPS and other technologies, Vismo reports a traveller’s location to the Vismo Secure Portal for live location monitoring. Vismo ensures that travellers can be located quickly and effectively in a crisis situation when precious time may be critical.

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Recently, Vismo has launched an enhanced version of its successful long-standing Portal and App with increased user functionality and new innovative features. These include: Incident Management and Mass Notifications that enables organisations to effectively manage a crisis situation, while automatically notifying users in affected locations and giving appropriate advice.

The Global Traveller App

Safeguard users visiting Japan and receive notifications with live location updates, geo-fencing to define high risk areas and panic alerts. The new updated Global Traveller App allows organisations to personalise the interface suiting individual travellers, while making it the perfect tool for integrating Vismo into any organisation.

Local Japanese SIM

Vismo sister company, Cellhire, a leading global telecommunications provider, offers businesses and travellers with cost-effective local Japanese SIM cards. With network partnerships with Japanese networks NTT Docomo and SoftBank, Cellhire offers unrivalled mobile connectivity throughout Japan, allowing attendees to seamlessly connect, browse, like and share their experiences.

 

To discuss short-term licences from Vismo for Japan please contact enquires@vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

Vismo makes charitable donation to both Unicef and Mango Tree Home, Haiti

Global tracking specialist Vismo, has made a charitable donation to Unicef and Mango Tree Home, Haiti.

Rather than sending Christmas cards and corporate gifts to customers, Vismo made the decision to make two donations. Firstly, to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Liberia, to help feed a child’s future. Secondly, to support Mango Tree Home Haiti, to protect orphans and abandoned children.

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The children of Liberia should have big dreams and bright futures. There should be no limit to what they can achieve. Sadly, thousands of children don’t have the chance to reach their full potential. Thousands will never grow up at all. It doesn’t have to be like this. If children receive the right nutrition at the start of their lives, then there is no limit to what they can become. With support, Unicef is working towards putting an end to malnutrition.

Unicef is working around the clock to treat children suffering from malnutrition and tackling the root causes of malnutrition, to prevent more children from becoming malnourished. As well as delivering life-saving food for vulnerable children, Unicef is also supporting long-term, sustainable nutrition programmes for mothers and babies and working with the Government of Liberia on an ambitious, nationwide programme to prevent malnutrition for all children under five.

Mango Tree Home

January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. A local nurse named Genevievre found herself caring for 6000 terrified people in the emergency camp at the Dadadou Sports Field in Port Au Prince. Her care was unconditional, her efforts almost super-human and she soon found herself in-charge of 74 children who had lost their parents.

Set up in the immediate aftermath of the disaster by Bob Craft, International Security Advisor for a large American NGO, The Mango Tree Home is a safe family environment for orphans and abandoned children. It has provided solace and support to almost 100 children and is now a permanent family home for 37 children.

Why Unicef?

Established in 1946, Unicef has been protecting and promoting children’s rights for 70 years.

Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. They ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation, and have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

To read more about Unicef’s aid work for children in danger, please go to www.unicef.org.uk

Why Mango Tree Home?

Established in 2010, Mango Tree Home, Haiti has been providing a safe family environment for orphans and abandoned children for almost 10 years.

Mango Tree Home is now at maximum capacity and help is needed to feed, clothe, educate and keep children together in their family home – a comfort that gives these abandoned and bereft children a secure life and immense solace.

To read more about Mango Tree Home, please go to www.mangotreehome.com

Donations

Individuals can make donations online.
Unicefhttps://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/nutrition-liberia-feed-childs-future/
Mango Tree Homehttps://mangotreehome.com/Your-Money.php

About Vismo

Established in York, UK in 2012, Vismo Ltd. is a Patented and ASIS Accolade Award-Winning Global Tracking Solution designed to locate individuals around the world using an application installed on their smartphone, tablet, personal GPS trackers, satellite trackers or satellite phones. With active users in over 190 countries; Vismo is a proven and scalable Global Tracking Solution that organisations are increasingly turning to as a method of ensuring their employees stay safe.

Vismo is used by many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector, as a duty of care towards their employees. In line with the continuation of global demand for Vismo’s strategic tracking solutions, Vismo has expanded to the US to better serve its expanding client base in both the US and further globally.

Vismo maintains ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification and ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certification.

Introducing Vismo. New and improved; the future of personal safety.

Global macMulti award-winning global tracking company Vismo has launched an enhanced version of its successful Secure Tracking Portal and Mobile Tracking Application. Utilising state-of-the-art tracking technology and the latest security software, the all new platform aims to increase user functionality and everyday use. The additional functionality further demonstrates the commitment the company has to consistently improve location accuracy and security of user data.

The new Secure Portal introduces intuitive search capabilities of travellers’ locations including Points of Interest, Geo-Fences and landmarks from a single search bar. All features have been redesigned to improve security and further enhance user experience.

In addition to the new Secure Portal, Vismo has launched an updated and improved version of its long-standing user tracking application Global Traveller to provide users with a more consistent, unified and cohesive Vismo platform.

Enhanced Vismo Platform

Global Traveller App
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The new Global Traveller App allows clients to personalise the interface to specific requirements and introduce their company branding directly through the Vismo Portal. The interface is fully customisable with colour choices, icons, and performance options. This makes it the perfect tool for integrating into organisations to achieve maximum end-user acceptance.

Lone Worker App

Expanding its tracking solutions into wider markets, Vismo has developed a Lone Worker solution that integrates into the Secure Portal. This effectively and securely assists identified lone workers, helping to eliminate the risks of working alone without constant communication. The powerful new solution provides detailed insights into yellow alert timed check-ins, assignments and location history, as well as other features specifically designed to keep users safe.

The Secure Portal

Dashboards

incidentoccurringVismo has created dashboards that allow administrators to customise what is viewed on the map. Dashboards can be configured to show a particular user, groups of users, incidents, locations and map types. Dashboards ensure administrators can quickly access the relevant users, locations and information to monitor their employees, saving vital time in an emergency situation.

Incident Management

Integrating live incident feeds into the Vismo platform ensures users within an affected area are automatically identified and notified via mass notifications. Within the Global Traveller App, users can respond to notifications with their relevant safety status, which is sent to the Secure Portal for operations teams to take action. Incident Management ensures customers can manage and aid travellers effectively in a crisis situation.

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Vismo has incorporated encrypted messaging within the Secure Portal and App. This enables administration teams to securely communicate globally with individuals and groups.

Active Alerts

It is crucial that an alert from a traveller is acknowledged and acted upon quickly and effectively as a quick response translates into lives saved. The ability to acknowledge an active alert within the Secure Portal informs other administrators that the alert is being dealt with, reducing any overlap or missed alerts.

Points of Interest (POI)

A ‘Point of Interest’ can be added to a location on the maps dashboard to help administrators gain a deeper understanding of a traveller’s location should an emergency arise.


About Vismo

Established in York, UK, in 2012, Vismo is a patented and multi award-winning global tracking solution designed to locate individuals around the world using an application installed on their smartphone, tablet, personal GPS trackers or satellite devices. With active users in more than 190 countries, the Vismo Global Traveller App is a proven and scalable global tracking solution that organisations use as a method of ensuring their employees stay safe.

Vismo is used by many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector, to meet their duty of care obligations to protect their employees.

The company maintains ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification and ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certification.

To find out more about the latest version of Vismo, including to request a demo, or to transition to the newest version of Vismo, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

Vismo Reaches New Heights at Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania

Award-winning global tracking company Vismo, reached new heights in Tanzania, proving pivotal to PhD student Kate Laxton from UCL who travelled to the country to complete a research project on the Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano.

Aware she would be out of her usual terrestrial network coverage for over a month, Kate took the Iridium Extreme Satellite Tracker from Vismo. Taking full advantage of the Vismo solution, Kate was tracked and monitored for her entire trip and communicated with UCL mainly via text message upon the satellite device. As the only satellite network with 100% global coverage, the Iridium Extreme Satellite Tracker ensured Kate would stay connected and relay any important information to the team at UCL in London.

The Iridium Extreme Satellite Tracker is fully integrated into the Vismo platform allowing users to benefit from the range of features within Vismo including panic alerts and geo-fencing.

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Ol Doinyo Lengai is the world’s only remaining active carbonatite volcano, and Kate’s expedition was to research and understand how it formed, why it is still active and what caused it’s magma to be so unique as the coldest lavas on earth at less than 600 degrees C. Twelve years had passed since the last sample was collected and only 2 weeks after the sample was taken, the volcano unexpectedly exploded. Taking precautionary measures, and not wanting to get caught up in any physical danger unable to communicate with anyone was the reason Kate knew she needed a satellite device upon the trip.

Whilst there, Kate was supported by Dr. Emma Liu (UCL), Mr. Arno Van Zyl (Vertica Ltd) and local guides, as well as the Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) and the University of Dar Es Salaam, to take much needed samples of the rare natrocarbonatite lava from the Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano.

The group collected six freshly erupted natrocarbonatite samples, six MultiGAs traverses, two MultiGAS dips, three nights of thermal imaging, three drone-bases DEMs and eight tephra samples.

After Kate become concerningly ill during the first ascent of the Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Iridium Extreme Satellite Tracker really came into its own. It was the critical tool which allowed her and the team to connect with emergency medical services in the UK, saving the need for a medical evacuation.

Kate said about her trip:

We selected Vismo because of its track record over many years in providing mobile comms for individuals and organisations around the world, some of them in the most demanding situations, from mountains in the Himalayas to remote rivers in South America. Those comms include Vismo’s technical expertise and server hardware, which together enabled the precise tracking of our location for use by our security team, and two-way communication with UCL.

For the most part, we ended up using the satellite phone to update UCL via text message and perhaps more importantly for morale, occasionally snatching a moment to call home. Although, after becoming concerningly ill and deteriorating rapidly during the first ascent of Ol Doinyo Lengai, I was truly grateful to have a phone powerful enough to connect me through to emergency medical services in the UK, which saved me opting for a medical evacuation as my last resort.

When we arrived at the summit, we were fortunate to find that the activity on the crater floor consisted of lava flows, an open lava pool and one spatter cone, giving us ample opportunity to proceed with our sampling strategy.

By the end, we had spent eight days and nine nights at the summit, giving us enough time to collect six freshly erupted natrocarbonatite samples, six MultiGAS traverses, two MultiGAS dips, three nights of thermal imaging, three drone-based DEMs [digital elevation models] and eight tephra samples, all the while smashing our targets with a whole load of brilliant teamwork.

Read the full article here.

To find out more about Vismo, or to arrange a trial, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).