Anyone who works alone, perhaps not all the time but sometimes, should have the equipment provided by their employer to help them feel safe. Lone worker alarms can raise an alarm if a user feels their safety has been compromised and many can offer a guaranteed Police escalation if necessary.
I work for a company that produces one of the most widely used lone worker devices, Identicom - in a discreet ID badge style. The device not only lets a user raise an alarm but connects the call to an Alarm Receiving Centre who monitor the alert to establish if it is real. This is then recorded and stored and can even be admissible in court if necessary. Our device is much cheaper than the Â£14 you pay for your phone. We have an offer at the moment for a device to cost just Â£8.99 a month including monitoring, training, the device, SIM card and air time.
Could be something you look into further, especially for over the Winter period. Jess.
i"ll take 10.................. thats how many times i keep forgetting where i put my shit..........i"m amazed i havent forgot the dogs yet.................................................................. bloody alzheimers
What I would like to see is some sort of device that will , at a touch of a button , fire off my position via GPS location to the control room. The biggest threat I face is getting attacked in the middle of the night and I work a large site on my own. I have had problems in the past trying to explain to the Police my exact location , had I been seriously injured in past incidents I would have been in the sh!t.
We're currently looking at tracked lone worker systems, but I've not been briefed on those yet.
Ed, technically a single unit can be used by several employees. The alarm is received at the ARC and generates the start of your escalation process, whether that be to your nearest mobile, your own ops room, or the police.
This is where the self employed dog handlers have let themselves down and not pushed for this type of kit. How many handlers have tracked vehicles or lone worker alarms? How many have vehicles heat alarms for their dogs? I know it's a cut throat business, but by being the best, not the cheapest, you'll get the work!
Lots of people can walk around a site with a dog on the lead, but how many can stand up and honestly say they've covered every reasonable eventuality?
On the link you posted it says that one of the devices will do just that. There are also products on the sailing market like the "spot" tracker that sends off your location to a control room or another phone. I think customloads has a similar product on his web site.
For your other problem of working on a large site and needing to direct plod to you or an incident do you not have a phone with built in GPS and then you give them your Lat/Long? Before smart phones came along I used to take my sat nav with me that had Lat/Long on it. Obviously not much use if you are lying in an unconscious heap!!
Thanks for the ideas Rhea , didn't occur to me to look into the sailing / marine world. You are correct in saying on the link there is a facility for worker location and even a 'man down' function , which I like the idea of , as you say I could use my phone to get co ordinates for the Police now most people have some sort of mapping system on their phones. I'll try that next time and see how it pans out
why cant we have the info on here you may get more people intrested in your system if they can see what its about and how it can help us out we are the ones who may need it
your only new to our network some one else may come in and take over with a better system we dont know that much about you we know alot more about other members that have the same system or the same idea with a different system
CPW members looking after CPW members and all that
only a thought ed
The website for further information is Lone Worker Security | Lone Worker Protection
As Connexion2 are BS8484 approved - British Standard for lone worker solutions - we offer a guaranteed Police escalation if required.
The Identicom device allows users to discreetly raise a 'Red Alert' if they feel their safety has been compromised. The alert then connects to a dedicated lone worker team at an Alarm Receiving Centre who then monitor the alert, listening in to what is happening to establish if a Police response is needed.
Through leaving an 'Amber Alert' previously, the Alarm Receiving Centre can quickly issue a Police reponse, who are in turn more aware of the situation they are entering.
Also available for an added charge is 'Man Down'. This function is automatically activated if the device is laid flat for two minutes ensuring if a user suffers from a slip, trip or fall or has a medical condition, a response can automatically be raised.
No worries Ed, happy to answer any questions you have.
The device is designed to be discreet so if the user encounters verbal or physical abuse, the 'Red Alert' can be pressed and the ARC can listen in. Through this they'll be able to hear if the alert is genuine, therefore a code word or phrase wouldn't be necessary.
If in a 'Man Down' situation however, if the user was still conscious they would be able to speak, state what had happened and provide any relevant information and the ARC could then issue the required emergency response.