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 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.