Beirut Chemical Explosion Case Study

How Vismo was used by one client to successfully locate employees immediately following the recent Beirut chemical explosion.

Company Profile

A large American multinational oil and gas corporation, who has been a client of Vismo for a number of years deploys the Vismo App on Smartphones devices to monitor and protect employees, executives and expatriates when travelling around the world for business. The company has a strong understanding of its legal & moral obligations towards its global staff and a dynamic appreciation of the risks staff can face.


On 4th August 2020, there were two major explosions which killed more than 200 people at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The disaster was caused by an extensive fire at the port, which spread to the roof of the warehouse which stored ammonium nitrate. As the news broke across the world, it was crucial for the client to locate and ensure the safety of their travelling employees and expatriates within the Beirut area as soon as possible.


Upon notification of the incident, the client used the Vismo Secure Portal to expeditiously locate all travellers in the nearby vicinity of the explosion. Using Vismo Mass Notification, the client was able to effectively communicate crucial information and alert the identified travellers within the Beirut area of the situation, with message response options. Fortunately, all employees within the affected area were in areas of safety and were able to confirm their current status from within the Vismo App.


Using the latest  tracking technology,  the Vismo Global Traveller App  operates  in the background of the device, while automatically reporting precise location fixes to the Vismo Secure Portal. The live tracking updates helps automatically eliminate those employees who were not in the area without needing to indivually contact them; imporving organisational efficiencies while freeing up vital resources. This location information was vital in understanding which employees were in the Beirut area and ensured that the client could communicate with and establish the safety of their employees. Not only did Vismo enable the client to locate their employees within the affected area, but it also ensured they had resources to effectively broadcast crucial information about the explosion using Vismo Mass Notification. By Utilising the Vismo solution the multinational client was able to successfully locate, monitor and communicate with all employees in and around the Beirut area following the disaster while meeting their organisational Duty of Care, all from within one powerful platform.

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