Vismo to Exhibit at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Chicago

Vismo will be attending the annual Global Security Exchange (GSX) exhibition, formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar, for the eighth consecutive year in 2019. The exhibition is one of the world’s largest and most influential events within the security industry. This year, GSX will be hosted in Chicago, from the 8th to the 12th September 2019, and is expected to attract more than 22,000 attendees from over 100 countries.

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What’s new for 2019?

Vismo is committed to constantly improving user security, and over the past year, has integrated the latest technology to provide enhancements to products and user experience.  The development of the Vismo Lone Worker Solution effectively and securely assists lone workers by helping to eliminate the risks of working alone and without constant communication.

The Vismo Lone Worker solution encompasses a panic button, which when enabled, sends an instant alert to administration teams, notifying them of a user’s location. Vismo also makes workforce management easier, due to the timed check-in and check-out function. Definitions of check-ins can be tailored to individual employees or job roles by iStock-472866476.jpgadministrators. Employees can choose the relevant action, along with an optional time frame to complete the task at hand. This information is sent to the secure Vismo Portal confirming the user’s location and relevant check-in action. Should the time frame expire, or not been deactivated, an alert is automatically sent to the administration teams. This allows administration team to monitor and aid employees, if required, ensuing the safety of lone workers within their workforce.

ASIS Accolade Security Best Winner 2016 and 2017

In previous years, Vismo has achieved great success at the ASIS International Security Conference & Exhibition after winning the Security’s Best Award for two years running in 2016 and 2017. The award acknowledges and celebrates the industry’s most innovative new technologies, products, services and solutions.

In 2016 the Vismo-Alert achieved the award, due to the covert nature of the panic button. Fundamental to a user’s safety in a crisis situation, users can press the button on their device, or, if there is no time to unlock their device, the button can be worn on the wrist, belt and as a pendant. The Bluetooth technology connects the Vismo-Alert to a user’s smartphone in order to send a panic alert with a GPS location remotely to the secure Portal. This informs security teams of the event, allowing for a faster, more covert and safer response.

Following the success in 2016, Vismo won the ASIS Accolade Award in 2017, with VismoStream. VismoStream enables users to send immediate encrypted transmissions of live video and audio from their smartphone to the secure Vismo Portal. This ensures the administration teams can evaluate the nature of the situation in order to respond accordingly.

If you are attending GSX 2019, come and visit the Vismo team at booth #1761, to explore the latest technological advances and trial Vismo for yourself.

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For more information on Vismo or any enquiries, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or contact us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

The Chicago Tribune uses Vismo to discover the best way to get to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Multi award-winning, global tracking specialist Vismo proved instrumental in tracking reporters for The Chicago Tribune.

For more than a decade, Chicago politicians have talked about a faster way to get between downtown and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Armed with tracking technology from Vismo (www.vismo.com),The Chicago Tribune sent reporters by car, ride-share, CTA and Metra to find out.

Colin Dale, VP Business Development at Vismo says “We are delighted that Vismo was selected to provide The Chicago Tribune with location tracking data for this article. Vismo tracking technology played an important role in ensuring an accurate comparison could be achieved, tracking all modes of transport.”

The winner was an Uber ride-share that took 69 minutes, followed by the CTA at 80 minutes, a private car (parked at an economy lot) at 90 minutes and Metra at 98 minutes.

In the U.S.? Read the full Chicago Tribune article here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-viz-how-to-get-to-ohare-htmlstory.html

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 App is a proven and scalable global tracking solution that organisations are using 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 Vismo or the integration with The Chicago Tribune, visit: www.vismo.com, email: enquiries@vismo.com or call: +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US).

 

Vismo helps “Kik” plastic waste with Kiko Matthews

Each year 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans, harming the environment, the wildlife and the planet. Making up 50% of this number is single-beach rubbishuse plastics, such as water bottles, shopping bags and plastic straws.

The use of single-use plastic is increasingly becoming a global concern due to its inability to be properly recycled. Most often, the material cannot biodegrade in nature, and instead takes hundreds of years to break up and turns into a toxic microplastic. Microplastics leave behind chemicals and toxic particles that are harmful to the environment, oceans and wildlife.

Kiko’s Story

As concern over single-use plastic, and its impact grows, many are trying to reduce their plastic use and look for alternative materials that are easier to recycle and have less harm on the environment. To help increase awareness of single-use plastic, British adventurer and Women’s World Record holder for fastest women’s’ solo row across the Atlantic, Kiko Matthews, set up the ‘Kik-Plastic’ project to encourage communities to join in to make a positive change when using and disposing of plastics.

Setting a goal to clean 79 of the beaches around the coast of the United Kingdom, Kiko set off on a twelve-week long tour cycling around the coasts, beginning in the south of England. Creating Facebook events for each beach clean, Kiko encouraged volunteers from local communities, businesses and schools into the Kik-Plastic project and has collectively cleared 3. 45 tonnes of waste from UK beaches.

The Kik-Plastic project kicked off on the 5th May 2019 at Margate beach in Kent, England, and over the past three months, Kiko cycled over 6,800km around the UK coastline working with local volunteers to clean beaches. From Kent, Kiko cycled around the south coast of England to Lands’ End cleaning Sennen beach.

colin and kikoShe then continued all the way up the west coast through Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland before reaching John O’Groats and heading back down the east coast.

On the 17th July, Kiko was joined by Colin Dale, VP of Business Development at Vismo, at Headland Beach in Hartlepool, where he participated in the beach clean and supported Kiko in raising awareness of single-use plastics. After working around the clock with over 1900 volunteers, Kiko went on to complete her tour of the UK at the London beach clean on the 28th July.

Combining my love for challenges with my love for the environment, I wanted to help raise awareness across the UK by cycling and completing local beach cleans with local communities.” Says Kiko Matthews.

KikoI wanted this challenge to include everyone and anyone, whether a cyclist, a local business or school or just a beach lover. My focus for this project was not to be the fastest, but to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastic and engage communities to help tackle it and hopefully go home to change their lifestyle and reduce their single-use plastic use.

Many of the items that were collected, included plastic bottles and lids, abandoned fishing ropes, plastic straws, plastic cotton buds and crisp packets. Most worryingly, most of these items were unchanged from when they were thrown away, further demonstrating the years it take to decompose and leave harmful toxins on the planet for years to come.

Kiko’s journey around the UK has been tracked by Vismo. Using the smartphone application; location fixes of Kiko’s journey were automatically sent to the secure Vismo Portal allowing for real-time tracking of her journey. Working with ZeroSixZero, Kiko’s history trail has been mapped, while including the locations of each beach clean ensuring everyone can interact and get involved with her journey.

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Read the BBC’s coverage of Kiko’s journey here.

Vismo Sponsors the 2019 Global Duty of Care Summit and Awards in Shanghai

Vismo, the global tracking app specialist, has announced it is to be a bronze sponsor for this year’s Global Duty of Care Summit and Awards, to be held in Shanghai, China, in October.

The Summit, a world-class forum on protecting mobile workers and mitigating risks, brings together industry-leading experts for discussion and debate, practical case studies and invaluable networking.

“Vismo has a long-standing partnership with International SOS, who are hosting the event.” says Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo. “Having integrated Vismo’s location-based tracking service with the International SOS itinerary and manual check-in based TravelTracker, we’re keen to support The Summit.”

At the heart of the service is the Vismo App, which features a panic button, incident management, geo-fencing, check-in function, VismoMessaging and VismoStream.

The app is used by many Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 businesses, NGO agencies in at-risk areas of the world and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector, as a duty of care towards their employees.

About The Duty of Care Summit and Awards

Duty of Care involves the legal and moral obligations employers have to their workforce to ensure employees’ safety, security and wellbeing are maintained. Many global organisations meet these obligations by implementing extensive policies, programmes and solutions to ensure their employees, executives included, are secure and protected, when travelling anywhere in the world, including at-risk cities and regions.

The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise these efforts and highlight the organisations that surpass the requirements to demonstrate a successful protection scheme of their global workforce.

Organisations of all sizes, including security, risk management, travel, insurance, law, health and safety, occupational health, and human resources are encouraged to enter the specific categories of the awards. This year’s focus of the awards will be on “Sustainable Futures, Superior Growth”, which highlights that Duty of Care should be implemented to help build a sustainable business.

About Vismo

Established in York, UK, in 2012, Vismo 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 or satellite devices. With active users in more than 190 countries, the Vismo App is a proven and scalable global tracking solution that organisations are using as a method of ensuring their employees stay safe.

To find out more about Vismo or the integration with International SOS, contact Vismo at www.vismo.com, email us on enquiries@vismo.com or call on +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US).

Why security is important for employees whilst travelling

When travelling abroad for business, employee safety should be at the forefront of planning. Not only is it the employer’s duty of care to ensure that travellers are safe, but they should be especially diligent when sending employees to potential or known high-risk areas. Protecting employees is more important than ever as businesses are operating in a global marketplace, with an increasing number of employers expecting their employees to work abroad as part of their work.

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Planning a trip well in advance allows the team back at home and the employee travelling to be prepared for every situation. As technology has developed, there is now the ability to track employees in real time through GPS tracking and as the risks of travelling abroad have increased exponentially over the past few years, this may be essential to some businesses. Not only are there more cases of fraud, theft and loss of valuables, but employees travelling to potential danger zones such as areas of political unrest or economic instability, are at greater risk of being affected in some way.

To minimise these risks, many hours go into organising business trips and logistics, the delivery and security are vital aspects in the preparation. Several factors need to be taken into consideration when ensuring all aspects of the trip have been covered.

Identify High-Risk Areas

Research around the destination should identify any potential danger zones, such as areas with high levels of crime. Once these areas are identified, the traveller should be informed of the potential risks and a plan set in place, in order to be more proactive rather than reactive.

To combat this issue, Vismo can be used to place geo-fences over high risk areas remotely. By setting up geo-fence alerts, teams will be notified and alerted via SMS and an email, if a traveller enters or exits a pre-defined area. The pre-defined areas can be placed anywhere, whether that being over a potentially high-risk area, or it could also be a place on safety, to be alerted when the traveller has got back to the hotel for example.

Communication

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To ensure communication runs smoothly whilst travelling, travellers will benefit from being equipped with roaming SIMs according to the destination. This will ensure data can be used when needed and will minimise the potential huge data bill when returning. Where no network coverage is available, satellite devices can be used to ensure communication is available. Communication is essential whilst travelling, the traveller may need to quickly get in touch if needs be, in case of an emergency. A quick message to report and check in; such as ‘Arriving at Meeting’ or ‘Arriving at the Airport’, can keep colleagues constantly up to date and informed.

Planning a Schedule

In the process of organising business trips, the team members supporting the traveller should have a copy of their trip schedule. Knowing a traveller’s schedule ahead of time will allow easier check ins and appropriate communications to be put in place to alert the relevant personnel. Training and guidance may be required before the trip commences to prepare the traveller for potential scenarios that may take place. It may also be important to advise on local culture as well as any other additional information.

If you would like more information on how Vismo can assist with employee safety when travelling, visit www.vismo.com, email us on enquiries@vismo.com or call on +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) or +1 866 815 9128 (US).

The Garmin inReach Explorer+

Vismo has added the compact Garmin inReach Explorer+ to its extensive list of tracking devices. Apart from owning the Iridium Extreme satellite phone, it’s one of the only few ways to have two-way communications with friends, family, and emergency services in areas where there is no mobile coverage.

Vismo’s VP Business Development, Colin Dale, recently tested the device on a 45-mile, overnight hike, on the Appalachian Trail in New York State. This is his review:

“The increased screen size of 1.75″ x 1.5″, makes it much easier to read, especially in bright sunlight or in snow fields. The device sends and receives locations and messages via the Iridium satellite network, which has pole-to-pole global coverage, so it essentially works everywhere. The GPS locations are reported back to the Vismo platform, allowing admin teams to keep track of locations and safety statuses.

The device has a panic button, which connects directly to the Vismo platform; allowing alerts to be sent to anyone, anywhere in the world, as required. The device was useful for downloading preloaded TOPO maps, which can be seen directly from the device. There is also a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Although the menu structure isn’t intuitive to begin with and is a little complicated to use at first, once set up, it’s a straight forward device to use.”

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Overview

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is great for a consumer wanting a tracking device, with global Iridium coverage. The device shows immediate locations and allows access to downloadable trail maps, while also displaying information on distance travelled and waypoints along the way.

Pros of the Explorer+

  • Connects to the Vismo Secure Portal
  • Panic Buttongarmin device
  • Downloadable DeLorme TOPO maps
  • On-screen GPS routing
  • Built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
  • Ability to send and receive inReach messages and emails
  • Bluetooth connectivity with mobile devices

Cons of the Explorer+

  • Battery life if using the device for a long expedition with no ability to charge
  • Menu structure isn’t intuitive at first

For more information on the Garmin inReach Explorer+ or the Vismo platform, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or contact us on (UK and RoW) +44 (0) 1904 616666 or (US) +1 866 815 9128.

Vismo makes charitable donation to Unicef

Global tracking specialist Vismo, has made a charitable donation to Unicef.

Rather than sending Christmas cards and corporate gifts to customers, Vismo made the decision to contribute £2019 to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Yemen, to help keep children safe.

More than three years of fighting has pushed Yemen to the brink of collapse. The children there are currently caught up in one of the world’s most complex and destructive humanitarian crises and are paying a heavy price. Currently, 8 out of 10 children require emergency aid. No place in Yemen is safe for children.

Unicef is on the ground working around the clock to protect children in Yemen. Since the start of the crisis, they have helped to reach more than 4 million children with over 3,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies, including life-saving therapeutic food, safe drinking water and health care supplies.

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.

Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis. Right now, 11.3 million children in Yemen are in danger. A devastating conflict has left children and families in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies. A donation to Unicef can help keep a child safe.

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

Donations

Individuals can make donations online – https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/ 

About Vismo

Established in York, UK in 2012, Vismo is a patented global tracking solution designed to locate individuals around the world. Vismo is an application installed on personal devices such as smartphones, standalone GPS trackers, satellite devices and vehicle trackers. With active users in over 190 countries; Vismo uses GPS technology to report regular location updates directly to a secure web platform. 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 strategic tracking solutions, the company has expanded to the US to better serve its increasing global client base.

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

Vismo is a part of the Cellhire Group of Companies, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and a Queen’s Award for International Enterprise winning independent company that has been in business since 1987. The Group has operations in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. The Company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.