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.

Vismo is Attending Education Without Borders 2018

Vismo is attending the Education Without Borders conference on the 14th November 2018, at The Royal Society, London. The conference supports the academic sector in increasing awareness, capability and best practice in travel risk management. The event provides insights into real-life situations, allowing the academic sector to be more informed to better protect students and staff when travelling abroad.

Vismo has been developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire plc, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications. In 2012, a large client in the education sector enquired about tracking solutions for students that were partaking in an international travel programme. The intent was to assure parents of their child’s safety by allowing them to monitor their whereabouts at any given moment. Following this, Vismo has continued to cater to the ever-growing demand for tracking solutions. The Vismo GPS tracking solution is a smartphone application that is also integrated into hardware such as personal trackers and Iridium satellite devices. Vismo has many features including Incident Management, a Panic Button, Geo-Fencing, Check-In functions, VismoMessaging and VismoStream – live video streaming.

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To find out more and discover the tracking products available, visit: www.vismo.com/products

We look forward to seeing you at the Vismo Stand at the Education Without Borders conference where you can trial Vismo for yourself. Contact us at enquiries@vismo.com or call us on +44 1904 616666 (UK and RoW) and +1 866 815 9128 (USA).

Vismo expands to the US

With an ever-increasing US client base, Vismo has recently opened an office in New Jersey, located in the state of New York. The new US office will help Vismo be better positioned to support clients in the region as well as easily seize growing opportunities. Vismo is dedicated to demonstrating the commitment it has to reaching its US client base and the addition of the new office has only strengthened the presence with its clients as it makes first hand meetings more accessible.

Heading up the New Jersey office is the Vismo VP of Business Development, Colin Dale, who joined Vismo in 2012 in its headquarters of York in UK. Colin’s relocation to the US further demonstrates the company’s commitment to all clients and customers as the US client base expands. Upon establishing the US presence, Teal Roscott joined the US team in August 2018 in the role of Office Manager, focusing on assisting client meetings, exhibitions and providing support for the clients.

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The US office team, as well as the global team are excited for this venture and look forward to continually meeting and exceeding client’s expectations around the world.

If you have any queries or for further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call the US Office on +1 8668159128 or email enquiries@vismo.com.

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

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Vismo will once again be attending the Global Security Exchange Exhibition (GSX) in Las Vegas from September 23rd to September 27th 2018. The exhibition is one of the largest security shows in the world, and has a significant impact in the security industry, with over 22,000 people attending from over 100 different countries.

Having attended a number of exhibitions in the past, Vismo will be attending this year’s GSX, ready to showcase recent technological advances of its GPS tracking solution. Vismo is committed to increasing traveler security, demonstrated through constantly advancing features of its system. Over the past year, Vismo has developed innovative technology including an integrated Mass Messaging and an automated Incident Management System.

The Vismo Incident Management System allows operation teams to identify travelers efficiently in a crisis. After automatically locating travelers, the system prompts operation teams to immediately action assigned and definable tasks, accordingly.

The Vismo Mass Messaging feature can be used in conjunction with the Incident Management System. Users of Vismo can be immediately contacted by the Operations Centre, requesting their safety status via multiple communication methods including text, email, text to voice and in-app. All responses are collated by definable severity levels and tasks are then automatically assigned to available members of the operations team. These developments allow clients and partners to utilize the numerous features of Vismo to gather information on traveler status and enhance the ASIS Award Winning VismoStream and Panic Button; features that were showcased at the 2017 and 2016 exhibition.

Vismo will be releasing its enhanced service offering at this year’s GSX. These significant developments reflect the dedication and commitment the company has to improving customer safety. The latest version of the Vismo software, including the app and secure platform, will be demonstrated live at this year’s exhibition.

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ASIS Accolade 2017 Winner

Vismo is returning to the exhibition after overwhelming success at ASIS 2017, where VismoStream was chosen as the Security’s Best Winner of the 2017 ASIS Accolades. VismoStream allows users to quickly upload a live 3-minute video to the Vismo Portal, which allows operation teams to assess any situation and respond accordingly. The feature is now recognized as an innovative platform to gather highly valuable information using smartphone technology. The encrypted video sharing allows users to have the security of knowing a live streaming service is available, should an incident occur.

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If you are attending GSX 2018, come and visit the Vismo team in booth #1634, where you can explore Vismo’s latest version of software and products, and trial Vismo for yourself.

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

We’re Hiring! “.NET/Mobile Developer Market-Leading Apple/Android Security Tracking Product (York)”

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We are seeking an enthusiastic and innovative .NET Developer to join the vibrant development team behind Vismo; a market-leading personal security tracking product designed for all mobile phone platforms (Apple, Android, Windows). Vismo is rapidly expanding in response to increasing sales, opening new sales offices in the US to complement the UK Head office. This role offers an exciting opportunity in a dynamic environment for a .NET developer keen to work at the leading edge of web and mobile development.

The product: Vismo (www.vismo.com)

  • A robust, and mature market-leading security tracking application used by some of the largest blue chip companies in the world in industries such as oil and gas exploration, banking and NGOs.
  • Vismo provides tracking, panic alerts, mapping, two-way SMS, geo-fencing and check-ins through a secure website.
  • Available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, sat phones and personal trackers
  • Award winner for innovation at last year’s ASIS global security conference.

The work

  • Developing the main web-based tracking portal.
  • Design and implementation of Web API supporting the product and third party integration.
  • Technical pre-sales meetings and conversations with technology partners and customers
  • Designing and creating innovative new features for the application
  • Development of the Vismo mobile application.
  • Configuring and deploying onto Microsoft Azure, making use of the built in Visual Studio tools.
  • Elements of second-line technical support for the Vismo product
  • Being responsible for ensuring code written is of high quality, using SOLID principles.
  • Testing code and participating in code reviews.
  • Taking responsibility for day to day progress of individual tasks

The Skills

We are seeking an innovative and creative and candidate equally comfortable in technical customer discussions as coding. Candidates must also have a drive to write clean, maintainable code of a high quality with a keen eye for code organisation and design. Candidates must have proven prior experience working with the .NET framework and a strong knowledge of the C# language and run-time library. Knowledge of web based applications is essential and experience with frameworks such as AngularJS would also be an advantage. Knowledge of building mobile applications ideally on iOS and Android is also desired.

The product is highly secure and subject to industrial-strength penetration tests and hence knowledge of secure programming techniques and models and the ability to write robust software are essential.

Any experience in mobile development would be useful but there will be the opportunity to cross-train into development on iOS, Windows Phone and Android mobile platforms,

Candidates should demonstrate strong experience in some of the following areas:

  • C# (with experience of LINQ, asynchronous programming etc.)
  • .NET framework (at least version 4.0)
  • Mobile Development experience on iOS and Android
  • SQL Server & T-SQL
  • ASP.NET MVC & Razor
  • ASP.Net Web API
  • .NET server technologies (such as Entity Framework, WCF)
  • Web client technologies (JavaScript, knowledge of REST based APIs)
  • Source control solutions (e.g. Git, TFS)
  • Visual Studio (including use of NuGet)

The Company

Vismo is a dynamic and rapidly growing company which is part of the £23m+ turnover Cellhire group. Cellhire is an expert in mobile communications with 30 years’ heritage with offices around the world. Vismo is going through a period of continued expansion due to the success of the product, expanding into the US and growing the sales, support and development teams. The majority of customers are US-based and there is potential for travel. This financial year will see revenues increase again year-on-year. In the light of global tragedies like Paris and Brussels, companies are becoming more aware of the need to know the location of their staff at any time. Vismo satisfies that need in an innovative and ground-breaking way and addresses a growing market. If successful, you would be joining a vibrant development team working on the latest platforms, operating out of the Vismo Global Headquarters in an attractive setting in York.

Contact Details

For more information regarding this position, please contact Colin Dale at colindale@vismo.com