Argyll, a UK provider of Safeguarding Services for vulnerable individuals, has launched a pioneering new mobile system designed to help police improve the safety of those individuals affected by serious crime.
The Vulnerable Individual Proactive Emergency Response (VIPER) solution provides hi-tech GPS alarms equipped with audio transmitters and failsafe monitoring services. These are supplied to individuals, who are under police protection and who fear for their own safety.
The solution is managed by safeguarding partners within local authorities, NHS and police forces, including Scotland’s largest force Strathclyde Police.
Argyll’s technology and infrastructure acts as the backbone to this ground-breaking and innovative service, providing councils and police forces with a dedicated Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) to monitor, assess and respond to all alarm calls from those at risk. The ARC monitors every alert that comes through and links directly to police ensuring a rapid response to the individuals precise location.
By activating the device, users will trigger a silent alarm creating an open line which will allow operators in the ARC to ‘listen in’ and record background audio while locating the person accurately and to within a few metres. Police responders are despatched immediately to support the individual and the audio recording is used in evidence if it is required.
Tom Morton, founder and CEO of Argyll, said the development is being hailed (by police) as a massive landmark in their continued adoption and deployment of GPS device technology within police forces throughout the UK.
He added: “I’m delighted the police have placed their faith in our VIPER solution. VIPER has been developed, trialled and extensively tested by police over the last 3 years. This solution is more than just another GPS gadget connected to a monitoring centre. It combines robust technical architecture with fail-safe processes that protects the personal identity; preserves the integrity of ongoing investigations; and proactively safeguards and monitors risk associated with highly vulnerable individuals. VIPER provides police with the confidence to deliver a high quality of safeguarding service; they are providing an unsurpassed level of comfort and reassurance to those individuals at risk and they are secure in their ability to respond quickly and to locate them in a time of need. Fundamentally it is also reassuring for the public to know that should they need this level of assistance, VIPER technology is available.”