Staff at a company which specialises in protecting lone workers are preparing to demonstrate the tracking capabilities of its safety devices the hard way….
Workers at Yorkshire-based Peoplesafe will literally take sets on the road when they participate in a half marathon.
The runners will carry a range of devices that, via GPS technology, will allow their colleagues back in the monitoring centre, to keep a check on their progress during the Sheffield Half Marathon on May 8, which starts and finishes at Don Valley Stadium.
It is hoped the nine team members’ efforts will raise a total of £2,000 for charities Macmillan Cancer Support and MERU, which helps children and young people with disabilities. The company itself is making a donation to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust which raises awareness of personal safety.
The 13.1 mile challenge was started by Peoplesafe’s managing director Ian Johannessen and Gavin Rigg, client implementation manager, who are competitive runners.
Other staff - Lucy Tointon, Alicia Mather, Chris Chambers, Thomas Atherton, Paul Henderson and David Atkins – then signed up to improve their fitness and support the fund-raiser.
Peoplesafe, which has its headquarters at Dinnington in South Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s leading providers of simple and lightweight equipment and 24-hour monitoring to protect a variety of staff who work in isolation or more risky environments. These range from housing officers to engineers and construction workers.
The firm integrates its unique software into Identicoms – alarms disguised as identity card holders - as well as PDAs, BlackBerrys and smartphones, including the Sonim XP3 Sentinel – the world’s most rugged mobile phone. Options include the ability to perform ‘safe and well checks’, a ‘red alert’ that opens an audio channel to monitors and ‘man-down’ motion sensors.
Ian said: “The Peoplesafe team will be lining up with the thousands of other runners for what promises to be a fantastic event and I hope we can do really well for our chosen charities.
“All the talk in the office lately has been of training. A group of women from the office, who didn’t feel they could take on a run this length, have been inspired to sign up for the Race for Life in June instead. The enthusiasm is great to see.”
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer and pushes for better care. MERU’s engineers and volunteers use design and engineering skills to make individual pieces of specialist equipment for disabled children or young people to use at home, school or college.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was set up by Paul and Diana Lamplugh following the disappearance of their estate agent daughter Suzy in 1986, after she went to meet an unknown client. Her body has not been found but she has been presumed murdered and legally declared dead. The trust offers advice, action and support to minimise risk to people as they go about their lives.