Companies that send lone staff into potentially dangerous situations may want to equip them with a new personal safety application from Guardian24.
The app complies with the BSI 8484 standard for the health and safety of lone workers. Research in Motion launched the BlackBerry application at the Mobile World Congress, but the app also runs on other mobiles and communicating devices (not iPhone).
The app allows users to log their whereabouts and daily tasks, send GPS locations and raise an alert if necessary. Should a worker be in danger, they can summon emergency help using a panic button on the smartphone even if the keyboard is locked.
Guardian24 is a hosted service maintained from its head office in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This enables it to create a monitored "listen live" function that will open a discreet communications channel with security services, and give up-to-date details about the user and their location so that appropriate help can be sent in good time.
According to the 2008/09 British Crime Survey, there were some 626,000 incidents of violence at work, comprising 321,000 assaults and 305,000 threats.
Guardian24 has more than 26,000 subscribers to its service, among them Group 4 Securicor, Fife Council and several major financial institutions.