Published on 22 May, 2014
|‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software will convert an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device
Skyguard, Europe’s premier personal safety service for lone workers, will be launching an iPhone version of their ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, held at ExCeL London between 17 – 19th June.
The app which converts an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device, is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which already includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as dedicated devices.
Once installed through a simple download process, Skyguard’s software enables the user to raise an alarm in any emergency situation, by simply shaking the device for a few seconds, or pressing an on-screen button. Trained Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre (IMC) will be able to view the user’s GPS location and registered profile information, silently listen-in, and talk to the user if it’s safe to do so. Controllers will follow the user’s personalised emergency procedures which could include escalating to the Emergency services, Skyguard’s National Response Service, or the employer’s own nominated contacts, and guide them to the user’s location.
The Skyguard for Smartphone software boasts a number of other safety features such as ‘Voice Memo’, which allows the user to leave a voice message on Skyguard’s system giving details of where they are going and who they are meeting. Should the user raise an alarm, this message will be made available to Skyguard’s Controllers, providing them with vital additional information which they can pass on to the emergency responder.
"With the addition of iPhone software to our range, Skyguard can now offer industry-leading safety solutions on every major smartphone operating system"
The app also allows the user to set a delayed alarm for any time period between 5 minutes to 6 hours, which counts down and automatically raises the alarm to Skyguard’s IMC if not cancelled by the user.
Skyguard Marketing Director, Will Murray said “Organisations are increasingly moving towards equipping their workforces with the latest smartphones and making use of business apps to improve productivity. With the addition of iPhone software to our range, Skyguard can now offer industry-leading safety solutions on every major smartphone operating system. This underlines our ongoing commitment to new product development, allowing customers to choose how to connect to our service based upon their own requirements.”
Skyguard’s entire range of smartphone apps and exclusive dedicated devices will be available to view on their stand (number M2155) at the Safety & Health Expo, where staff will be presenting live product demonstrations.
Skyguard also has three high profile clients presenting case study seminars on each day of the show in the Lone Worker Protection Theatre; Worcester Community Homes, Peabody and Kent Community Health NHS Trust.