The nights are getting darker, have you implemented measures to protect your Lone Workers?

As the nights get darker, risks to Lone Workers increase. Do you have extra measures in place to protect your Lone Workers? Implementing a monitored solution can help you better manage the increased risk workers face when out in the community or working alone in general.

The Vismo App & Portal enables operation teams to monitor locations for safety, providing accurate and up to date information to those in the field. The App also incorporates many features to enhance traveller safety including the Red Alert feature which allows a worker to raise an alert if they find themselves in an emergency. Having the ability to discreetly activate an alert within the Vismo App or having timed Check-In’s provides peace of mind for workers out in the community. The Red Alert feature discreetly records audio once activated, to enable security teams to listen and better understand the situation at hand.

Another key feature is the Mass Notification capability from the Vismo Portal, managers can send Mass Messages to either large groups or people in a certain geographic area. If an incident occurs, the Vismo Portal can quickly identify the incident area and send a Mass Notification to those in the affected area. There are many other features of Vismo to protect workers when out in the community, the Check-In feature can inform the security team when the user is entering a high-risk area or leaving a client visit for example.  

To protect the privacy of employees, the Vismo App has a Privacy Mode feature. This enables individuals to enter this mode as and when they wish, to protect their privacy. If an individual is in privacy mode and an emergency arises, the Red Alert can still be activated within the Vismo App, to inform the operations team of the situation. Providing privacy to employees whilst also supporting Lone Workers if an incident was to occur.

Employers have a legal and moral Duty of Care towards Lone Workers and protecting them with highly capable health and safety measures is essential for their safety and peace of mind. Implementing Vismo to improve worker safety can provide a clear ROI, help improve employer/employee relations and help protect corporate brand values.

If your organisation needs to increase measures to protect Lone Workers, especially with the darker nights, arrange a demonstration today: https://www.vismo.com/arrange-demo

Top 5 Features of the Vismo Secure Portal

Vismo enables travelling employees and Lone Workers to be located globally through the Vismo Global Traveller App or on other compatible devices. Many unique features are incorporated into the Vismo Secure Portal to help an employer better manage the safety of its employees, in many market verticals.

Discover some of the best features of Vismo below:

1. Mass Notification

If an incident or emergency crisis occurs, organisations need to quickly update employees with critical information which may be vital to their safety.

Using Vismo, Mass Notifications can be sent out from the Vismo Secure Portal, to individuals, groups or those within or in close proximity to a defined geographic area (i.e. where the incident has occurred). Mass Notifications can be sent through multiple channels so that delivery of critical information is assured. This can include SMS, Email, In-App and automated Phone Calls; focusing on reaching the individual, not just the device.

These messaging channels can be sent simultaneously or consecutively within a set time period, and loop the communications until a response is received and measured.

The Mass Notification feature provides the necessary tools to enable organisations to send out critical information to individuals, receive an updated location and understand their safety status’ through their response then follow the required escalation process. It’s a rapid, easy to manage and cost effective solution for any employer faced with the challenge of managing risk related messaging to a global employee base.

2. Point of Interest (POI) Layers

Organisations may want to view their employees in relation to key POI’s to further understand their location and proximity to a POI, should an incident occur. This would enable organisations to quickly, and specifically react to a situation through identifying the nearest places of safety or other material POIs which may be relevant (e.g. known high risk sites, dangerous storage sites, flood areas etc).

Vismo has integrated POI layers into the Vismo Secure Portal, which can be added to a map to view different areas in relation to the employees. Vismo clients can define and create their own layers to enable them to take account of specific POIs which are applicable to their organisation.

Vismo has incorporated COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins University and UK Government, to enable organisations to view employees’ locations in relation to the latest COVID-19 statistics. As the spread of COVID-19 evolves, Vismo can support organisations to keep track of the outbreak in relation to their employees location.

3. Assignments

When Lone Workers are undertaking an assignment or task, monitoring their location and two-way communication is vital to help protect workers and help provide peace of mind.

Vismo has introduced Assignments into the Vismo Secure Portal, enabling organisations to create an Assignment and appoint a task to any user. Employees will be alerted when an Assignment has started, and the organisation can set a time frame in which the user must Check-In on the Vismo App. If the user does not Check-In within the given time frame, a Red Flag Alert is activated within the Vismo Secure Portal to notify managers of the account of a potential incident.

The user can alter or extend the Assignment and add notes within the Vismo App, which is then updated in the Vismo Secure Portal, enabling two-way secure messaging. This feature keeps both the Lone Worker and organisation informed of the task at hand, its status and location of the worker and any updates or potential risks.

4. Red Alerts

In an emergency situation, employees need a way of quickly alerting others of an issue, to ensure their safety is being monitored.

The Red Alert within the Vismo App is easy to trigger from a smartphone or tablet with a simple press and hold. When an Alert is activated, email and SMS notifications are sent to the managers of the Vismo account and includes the individual’s last known locations. As the Red Alert is activated, an audio clip between 20 seconds and one minute (definable length) will automatically start to record and is sent back to the Vismo Secure Portal to inform managers of the situation.

This feature provides users with peace of mind and if a situation occurred, a Red Alert could be triggered through the App and the relevant teams are notified to respond to the situation.

5. Privacy Mode

To protect employee privacy without comprising safety, Vismo has integrated a Privacy Mode feature. This enables individuals to enable Privacy Mode as they wish and choose when their device is located, to safeguard their privacy whilst using the Vismo App. However, if an individual is in Privacy Mode and an emergency arises, the Panic Alert may still be activated. Once the Panic Alert has been activated, Vismo will disable Privacy Mode and will report on the location of the device.

These capabilities provide peace of mind to employees that if an emergency occurred, the Panic Alert can be activated, and a location will be visible within the Vismo Secure Portal.

These features enable Vismo to support and protect organisations in various industries globally. Vismo also incorporates many other excellent features into the platform to protect employees and Lone Workers. Features such as geo-fencing capabilities, the ability to create incident areas and set country change alerts, accurate location reporting and many more.

To arrange a demo, visit https://www.vismo.com/arrange-demo

Vismo Pre-GSX Demonstration Webinars – Register Today!

Vismo is holding two pre-GSX demonstration webinars during September, one focusing on organizations with internationally traveling employees and the other demonstrating how to better protect domestic Lone Workers using Vismo.

Like many organizations, your working practices will have changed due to COVID-19. You may now have more staff working alone or away from the office and are recognising the need for increased security measures to protect the safety of your employees during current and future outbreaks. Join us for a brief no-obligation webinar to understand how Vismo is helping employers like yours to meet their organizational Duty of Care and better protect their employees.

Protecting Traveling Employees – 16th September

This webinar on the 16th September will demonstrate how organizations can react to a local outbreak of COVID-19 and effectively communicate vital information to employees within the affected area using Vismo Mass Notification.

Protecting domestic Lone Workers – 17th September

The Lone Worker webinar on the 17th September will demonstrate how your organization can protect domestic Lone Workers through monitoring their location for safety, creating Assignments for workers and supporting employees should they need to raise a Red Alert through the Vismo App.

Ready to discover the benefits of protecting mobile employees? Join the relevant webinar to find out more. These webinars will share our knowledge of the commercial and moral benefits that innovative, forward-thinking employers are experiencing by using Vismo.

How employers can benefit and protect employees when a local COVID-19 outbreak is announced

Situation

With the outbreak of COVID-19 evolving globally and as non-essential travel starts back up in some parts of the world, organisations can benefit from increasing their security measures to ensure the safety of employees’. To protect employees whilst travelling on business and as workers are gradually going back into the workplace, organisations can locate and monitor employees as part of their Duty of Care, helping better inform those workers on matters relating to the pandemic.

In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19, organisations can benefit from being able to easily visualise their employees whereabouts, in relation to where those outbreaks are occurring. Benefits can be clearly achieved by ensuring employee safety is at the forefront of planning. If an emergency situation arises, the organisation will be able to identify the employees location and communicate with them to provide critical information and updates.

Response

Employees can activate the Vismo App from their smartphone or tablets to provide location updates to the Vismo Secure Portal. The App works in the background of the device and has minimal impact on battery life. Managers of an organisation can log into the Vismo Secure Portal to monitor the location updates.

Live data from Johns Hopkins University and the UK Government is integrated into the Vismo Secure Portal, updating COVID-19 data on a near real-time basis. Managers of an organisation can view local outbreaks of COVID-19 cases in relation to their employees’ location. In the case of a local outbreak, organisations can utilise Vismo to search for the affected area and quickly identify employees in the vicinity. From here, a Mass Notification can be sent to the employees to inform them of the local outbreak. These messages can be personalised through the Vismo Secure Portal, incorporating clear instruction on corporate policy and sent to employees within a specific geographic area such as where the local outbreak of COVID-19 has occurred. A Mass Notification can also be sent to a much wider audience, this could be a company-wide announcement to alert employees of a situation or a change to corporate policy relating to the pandemic. Employee response options can be tailored to the situation such as responding ‘I am safe’ or ‘I am unsafe, I require assistance’. These responses will then enable managers to visually view on the Vismo Secure Portal the affected individuals and those who require assistance.

The Mass Notifications can be sent via multiple channels SMS, Email, In-App messaging or an Automated Phone Call. These messaging channels can be sent simultaneously or cascaded through the channels after a set time period, these can also be looped until a response is received.

Example Case Study:

  • 10.24am: A local outbreak of COVID-19 is announced.
  • 10.26am: An organisation logs onto the Vismo Secure Portal and finds the area of the local outbreak and the employees within the vicinity.
  • 10.28am: An ‘incident’ is created on the Vismo Secure Portal and a Mass Notification is created stating ‘Company Announcement: There is a local outbreak of COVID-19 in your area. Please return home immediately. Do you have any symptoms? Symptoms include: a high temperature, a continuous cough or a loss in taste or smell.’
  • 10.29am: The Mass Notification is sent out to everyone in the affected area via SMS, Email, In-App message and an Automated Phone Call.
  • 10.30am: Responses are received within the Vismo Secure Portal with responses from employees.
  • 10.31am: Cases can be escalated to the relevant personnel to follow the organisational guidelines.

Outcome

As the example above displays, the Vismo Secure Portal can be utilised to identify the initial outbreak of COVID-19 through to notifying employees via the Mass Notification system within a very short time frame. With the COVID-19 outbreak evolving daily, organisations need monitoring and communication systems in place in the event of an emergency. Organisations have a Duty of Care towards their employees and their safety and wellbeing as workers begin to return to the workplace. Implementing a system that identifies COVID-19 hotspots and enables managers of the organisation to quickly send a company-wide announcement to provide employees critical information is vital.

Benefits

Implementing a fit for purpose monitoring system like Vismo to locate employees for safety purposes and send Mass Notifications in the event of an emergency can help reduce risk within an organisation. It provides employees with peace of mind knowing if an emergency or local outbreak of COVID-19 occurred, employees can be quickly notified and provided further instruction regarding the situation.

To arrange a demo and discover how Vismo can be integrated into your organisation, please contact:

Email: enquiries@vismo.com
Call  (UK and RoW): +44 (0)1904 616666
Call (USA): +1 866 815 9128
Visit: http://www.vismo.com

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, Director of Global Sales, 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 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.