|Connexion2 released both variants in October 2011 to help employers cater a wider group of lone workers
Connexion2, manufacturer of the multi-award winning Identicom lone worker device (LWD), has further expanded its Identicom mobile offering with new versions of the ‘App' for Android phones and Apple's iPhone. Offering much of the same functionality as found on Identicom, which is a dedicated device, the latest versions of Identicom mobile provide a lone worker a host of functions to help improve their safety in combination with all the style and usability of a touch screen handset.
With iPhone continuing to be extremely popular across a wide range of consumers and the Android operating system experiencing considerable market growth through a wide range of new handsets including HTC, Motorola & Samsung among others, Connexion2 released both variants in October 2011 to help employers cater for a wider group of lone workers.
Identicom mobile is easy to install through a simple application download process. This enables a user to obtain the necessary help if they become a victim of verbal abuse; attack or they feel their safety could be compromised. As all versions of Identicom mobile utilise the same interface and the same function terminology i.e. Status Check, Amber Alert and Red Alert, companies are able to easily use a mixture of devices for their lone workers utilising the same communications policy, objectives and training. The product is also available through the company's ‘direct to market' SoloProtect solutions, which, due to Connexion2's audit approval against BS8484, are guaranteed a Police escalation for the lone worker if required*.
All versions of Identicom mobile have been specifically produced for lone workers who face risk infrequently and may not require the provision of a dedicated device. In such instances, the suitability of a mobile-based lone worker application becomes apparent, especially when combined with the fact that most UK workers now carry a smartphone. Identicom mobile has a neat user interface allowing the user to automatically open a ‘Red Alert' through a definable single key or via the touch of the screen. In all cases the app is designed to help a user reduce the risk of verbal abuse or attack whilst working alone.
Identicom mobile is available as a stand-alone product or can be integrated with Connexion2's Mobile Workforce Management Platform as an additional option. This allows a lone worker to benefit from improved safety and their manager to better facilitate operations through the provision of accurate location data. The platform also allows an organisation to access a range of organisational benefits assisting the location of staff, better time management, measurement of efficiencies, improved communication with mobile workers and better reporting mechanisms.
Craig Swallow, CEO of Connexion2 commented: "An increasing number of people are using phone apps on their smartphone as part of their everyday lives. The expansion of the Identicom mobile range is being introduced in line with the smartphone apps success story. It enables an even wider scope of lone workers to benefit from peace of mind knowing that their employer is taking their duty of care seriously and that should the worst happen, they are not alone".