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.

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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).

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 application effectively and securely assists lone workers by helping to eliminate the risks of working alone and without constant communication.

The Vismo Lone Worker app 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 VismoAlert 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).

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.