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).

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.

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.