Vismo Joins Suzy Lamplugh Trust on Lone Worker Directory

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was set up in 1986 to honour Suzy Lamplugh, a 25-year-old estate agent who disappeared that year. Although never being found, the Trust exists to ensure the disappearance of Suzy does not happen to anyone else, with the vision of a society in which people are safer, and feel safer, from violence and aggression.

To achieve its mission, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust aims to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support. As featured in the Suzy Lamplugh Lone worker directory, the Vismo Lone Worker App turns any smartphone or tablet into a tracking device with a panic button and video streaming capabilities, enabling lone workers to have two-way communication with colleagues or security teams.

Read the full article featured in the directory below.

“According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), between 2017 and 2018 there were an estimated 694,000 incidents of violence at work, where 54% of work-place violence offenders were strangers.suzy_lamplugh_trust_logo.png Among the 46% of incidents where the offender was known, they were most likely to be clients, or a member of the public known through work. Vismo recognises the risks faced by Lone Workers and has developed a Lone Worker App; a fully integrated solution for all mobile platforms.

The Lone Worker App turns a smartphone or tablet into a tracking device with a panic button and video streaming capabilities. This enables lone workers to have two-way communication with colleagues or security teams.

The App features timed check-ins which can be set if a lone worker enters a potentially high-risk meeting or dangerous area. If the safety timer runs out, an alert is automatically sent to administrators of the Vismo Portal. Workers can continue uninterrupted as the App runs in the background of the device, while also using minimal battery.

Vismo is used by many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and numerous remote and lone workers in the UK and globally. The App can be easily deployed into a large range of industries such as healthcare, housing and out-of-hours contractors.

In line with the continuation of global demand for lone worker protection, Vismo continually innovates and deploys the latest technology to enhance its solutions and better serve its increasing lone worker global client base.”

https://www.suzylamplugh.org/vismo

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

Using a tracker in a hostile environment? Why you still need to make sure you have analogue support as well.


Author: Matt Timblin

Publication Date: November 4, 2016

Published: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/using-tracker-hostile-environment-why-you-still-need-make-timblin/


The use of trackers – particularly ones that sit as mobile applications – has grown over the last few years. From everyday apps like “Find Friends”, through ones offered at a more commercial level, integrated organizationally or by individuals such as Vismo and then a whole host of other options in between.

trackingThere was a time that such technology was little used by individuals traveling to high risk environments and was the preserve of the bigger organizations; but times have changed and these applications have become accessible to pretty much anyone with a smartphone. The trouble is that with this accessibility often comes reliance and misplaced confidence. More and more I hear people tell me that they are using a tracker with panic alarm as the mainstay of their risk management strategy but, when you delve a little deeper, things are often amiss.

A tracker and panic alarm might alert someone to the fact that you are in trouble and where you are…but it is the human response that will determine how that information is leveraged.

This is particularly true of what I will call the “lone” user who subscribes to one of the many potential offerings in this field. They are confident that, if things go wrong, they can press the button and raise the alarm. Unfortunately, what seldom seems to accompany this is the “and then what”? If you are going to use a tracking device and panic alarm, it is probably worth considering the following few questions;

  • Will it work?? Most smartphone applications rely on mobile data – is there coverage and do you have enough credit to sustain its use.
  • Do you have a back-up plan? Have you agreed a comms / check in schedule with anyone?
  • Who is alerted at the other end when the alarm goes off? Do they know they are the emergency response?
  • What do you want them to do if they receive the alarm? Have you briefed them on this?
  • Do they have contact numbers for people you are with and who they should call first?

Technology is great and its continuous evolution provides new and innovative ways to help manage and respond to threats. It should never be used on its own though and needs to have resiliency built in by way of a robust plan – this is never truer than when working in high risk environments.

However good our digital solutions are, they still need an ‘analogue’ human accompaniment for maximum effectiveness.

A tracker and panic alarm is only the initial trigger. What comes next and how effective the response will be depends, in large part, on what answers you have for the questions posed above.

Vismo Global Tracking Application Introduces New Timed Check-in Functionality

Vismo has now enhanced its existing Check-In function! The Check-In function, which enables travellers to submit their immediate location information back to the Vismo platform, has been augmented with an additional Safety Timer function.

Specifically designed to enhance the safety of travellers and lone workers who may face periods of increased or additional risk, Vismo’s Timed Check-Ins allow users to set a timer which will automatically trigger an alert if the traveller does not explicitly cancel it.

For example, if a traveller is required to enter a high-risk area for a short period, they may choose to Check-In with the control centre prior to entering the area and configure an appropriate safety timer (e.g. 30 minutes), which they may cancel once they have safely left the area. If the user fails to cancel the timer, the control centre is automatically notified by Vismo, regardless of whether the device is in mobile coverage, or even still working! As with other notifications, these can be configured to send an e-mail and/ or an SMS message.

The Timed Check In feature is available immediately on the Vismo Smartphone Application, which operates on iPhone and Android phones.

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For more information on Vismo, visit www.vismo.com or contact us on +44 (0) 1904 616666.

The Vismo Team tracks down Levison Wood!

Colin-Levison-WoodThe Vismo Team were delighted to meet British explorer, best-selling author and photographer Levison Wood at his performance of ‘An Evening with Levison Wood’ at the Grand Opera House, York. Levison Wood is currently touring the UK as he shares his experiences and behind the scenes moments from his extended walking expeditions across Africa, Asia and Central America, and on all occasions, Levison was tracked by Vismo.

In 2014, Levison undertook his first ever expedition, walking the entire length of the River Nile over the course of 9 months. In 2015, Levison took on an even more ambitious expedition to walk the length of the Himalayas from Afghanistan to Bhutan. Levison’s most recent expedition involved walking 1800 miles along the length of Central America from Mexico to Columbia. All expeditions had been documented in critically acclaimed Channel 4 series’, namely ‘Walking the Nile’, ‘Walking the Himalayas’ and ‘Walking the Americas’. All episodes can be viewed via the following link:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/walking-the-americas

Vismo was integral to ensuring the safety and security of Levison during these expeditions, as Vismo was enabled on his smartphone with Tracking and Panic Button capabilities. Levision was reassured in the knowledge that in the event that something went wrong, his support team would be able to immediately identify his location through Vismo and provide necessary assistance.

For further information on Vismo and our work with Levison, please don’t hesitate to contact Colin Dale on +447566610610 or colindale@vismo.com.

The ISIS Hostage and Vismo Satellite Tracking

After being captured by ISIS fanatics in May 2013, freelance photographer Daniel Rye was held hostage for thirteen months in Syria. The ISIS Hostage is a moving and terrifying story that details Daniel’s friendship, suffering and survival under extreme circumstances.

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The book illustrates how Daniel’s story is linked within European, American and Arabian history and how it feeds into one of the most significant challenges the Middle East will face in upcoming years.

In handing over a £1.3m ransom for Daniel’s release, Daniel’s negotiator carried Vismo Satellite Tracking devices to provide the support team with his position every 60 seconds. Tracking was integral to ensuring the safety and security of the negotiator. Positional updates along with Geo-Fence and Country Change notifications were shown in the operations centre in Europe and to the local support teams.

For more information on Vismo, visit www.vismo.com or call us on +44 (0) 1904 616666.

Vismo Global Tracking Application now available on Windows 10 Mobile

Vismo-Windows-PhoneVismo uses GPS and other technologies to provide the best location service tracking updates, even indoors. Our patented technology works globally on GSM, 3G, WCDMA and CDMA networks. Vismo is also available on selected satellite phones providing tracking and security in the most remote places on Earth.
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One of the most reassuring features of Vismo is the panic button. Pressing the panic button sends an immediate alert from the device to the central monitoring servers. The moment this is received, Vismo initiates SMS and email alerts to defined recipients containing details of the Vismo user and their location, allowing them to offer immediate advice on the particular situation. Whilst this is happening, Vismo will covertly record an audio clip which is and sent back to the central monitoring website where it can be played back and analysed.

Vismo uses real time Geo-Fencing capabilities, which use virtual fences around a real-world geographic area and alert employees via SMS and E-mail when they move into high-risk areas or leave safe zones. In using this feature, a user’s ability to prevent potential situations and respond effectively to an incident is enhanced.

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Colin Dale, Business Development Director, Vismo, said “Vismo is a unique GPS tracking app that turns any smartphone or tablet into a Mobile Tracking device. International travellers can enhance their safety throughout the world as administrators track, protect and respond to their travellers using Vismo technology.”

“We’re delighted that Vismo is making their tracking application available to Microsoft customers,” said Craig Dewar, Senior Director of Windows Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “By offering the app in the Windows Store, Vismo makes it easy for mobile users to benefit from its safety functionality.”

To learn more about Vismo and their recent compatibility with Windows Mobile, please visit www.vismo.com/products/windows.