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BS 8484 Compliant Lone Worker Protection Application for Blackberry Smartphones

Guardian 24 : 18 February, 2010  (New Product)
Guardian 24 has produced a software application for Blackberry smart phone users enabling the device to be used as a lone worker protection system including covert alert and GPS location functionality
Guardian24, a provider of lone worker personal safety solutions, is launching the Guardian24 application for BlackBerry smartphones. The software application is British Standard 8484-compliant.

Guardian24 allows users to log their whereabouts and daily tasks, send GPS locations and raise an alert in a time of need. Should a worker's safety be compromised, they can summon emergency help with the press of a panic button on the smartphone, even if the keyboard is locked. Guardian24 creates a "listen live" function which will open a communications channel with security services, giving up-to-date details about the user and their location so that appropriate assistance can be sent.

Guardian24 already has over 26,000 subscribers to its service. The issue of how to protect employees in vulnerable situations is an increasing focus and responsibility for employers. The recent British Standard (BS) 8484 Code of Practice was developed in response to increasing demand from industry and government to promote best practice in the critical area of health and safety for lone working employees. It is now essential that lone worker devices and services comply with this standard.

Increasing numbers of people in the UK work alone, either away from their organisations' base or during abnormal hours. Working alone can create health and safety risks as well as feelings of isolation and vulnerability. According to the 2008/09 British Crime Survey, there were an estimated 627,000 incidents of violence at work, comprising 321,000 assaults and 305,000 threats. Aside from the obvious concern for people's welfare, low productivity, absenteeism, high staff turnover and compensation claims are major issues for businesses.

Geoff Hayter, Executive Director, Guardian24 said: "In today's business environment, lone and mobile working can be an essential part of an organisation's drive for greater efficiency and cost control. Providing these employees with lone worker support services is essential if employers are to meet their responsibilities under health and safety legislation. We're delighted to be launching an application for BlackBerry smartphones, and as a result considerably expanding our personal safety services to businesses in the UK and across Europe."

Features and benefits of Guardian24 for BlackBerry smartphones include:

* Health & safety compliance - The application is BS 8484-compliant on BlackBerry smartphones
* Covert Alert - Discretely raise an alert via a hot key on BlackBerry smartphones. This is a covert activation and will not be visible on the screen or on the call log. An aggressor will not know that an alarm is being raised.
* Keypad over-ride - Guardian24 will allow the user to override security passwords and locks in the event of an emergency
* GPS location - The Global Positioning System is used to accurately locate employees in time of need
* "Listen-Live" - Security Services may "listen live" or "eavesdrop" into an incident via the BlackBerry smartphone when the device is in Alert mode
* Flexible - Tailor the emergency response depending on the risk profile of your people
* Response - Guardian24 co-ordinates the response to an incident, by alerting security partners and providing information on the user's personal profile, activity, location details etc
* Employee wellbeing - Employees will feel safe and valued knowing they can summon help at the press of a hot key
* 24/7 support - Staff can use Guardian24 globally 24/7 365 days a year
* Convenience - Users can carry just a BlackBerry smartphone, rather than multiple devices, to stay safe
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