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App uses IoT and smartphones to offer lone worker protection

13 January 2019 | By BIM+ staff

Safe Shores Monitoring has launched an app that transforms a smartphone into a lone worker protection device with unrivalled safety features as part of an £800,000 investment into its business. 

The lone worker monitoring specialist, which supports a number of construction and facilities management firms in their duty of care to staff, developed its Companion app to utilise a range of smartphone features to ensure employees working alone are safe from danger. 

In what’s claimed to be an industry first, Companion offers an integrated, cross-platform internet of things (IoT) connected lone worker application. The app is connected by Safe Shores Monitoring’s service to deliver a contextually-aware solution. 

Safe Shores Monitoring believes Companion delivers the most advanced detection system available by harnessing the array of sensors available within the device and combining sensor data with advanced algorithms to validate genuine situations of jeopardy.

The app also instantly pairs with the smallest Bluetooth SOS button to come to the lone worker market. 

Other features of the app include screen-lock button override which can be pressed discretely if circumstances prevent the lone worker from speaking or indicating they need help. Companion uses sophisticated location technologies, including the phone’s GPS to trace the location of the user, which can then be shared with emergency services if required.

Features of the app enable system users to record and report their working activities and stay safe. 

Tom Morton, CEO of Safe Shores Monitoring, said: “Our Companion app has been developed by our in-house team of software specialists to put the most effective lone worker safety device in the hands of any construction or maintenance employee who has a smartphone. 

“Companion has features that aren’t available elsewhere on the market and we are excited to make it available to our new and existing clients.” 

The Safe Shores Monitoring’s lone worker system can be connected to its state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) that operates 24/7, 365 days a year.