Specialist devices and apps to locate and save lone workers

As lone working increases across industry sectors, more and more companies are choosing the award-winning Safe Hub to protect and support their staff in challenging situations. One of the key benefits of Safe Hub is that it has been specifically designed to support the widest possible range of devices and mobile applications. We can recommend products that are perfect for every lone working scenario, including discreet, wearable, satellite and intrinsically-safe devices as well as fixed-site beacons.

Many of your staff will access Safe Hub on a phone, dedicated device or PC according to their working situation. So, it is essential to identify the risks associated with each person’s function and particular situation and to ensure they have a device ideally suited to risks they may face.

Specialist devices and apps

  • SOS devices: Customer-facing staff need GPS devices that feature easy to locate Red Alert buttons. In these situations we offer SOS Fob and ProtectMe. Lightweight, compact, waterproof and discreet, SOS Fob is connected to GPS, which enables the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), to locate your lone worker in the event of an emergency. ProtectMe’s screen allows users to set the interval checks on our proprietary feature Safe Check. Both devices feature prominent SOS buttons and have high-quality 2-way audio, enabling users to speak with ARC staff and offering increased peace of mind in difficult situations.

  • Intrinsically safe: Staff working near to combustible materials or in industrial locations require intrinsically safe devices. Safe Hub works flawlessly on a range of Ecom and Twig devices that are ruggedized and designed specifically to remove the risk of a spark.

  • Virtual perimeter: For companies with extensive premises or with areas that are particularly hazardous our Safe Beacon technology provides a virtual safety barrier. Safe Hub can monitor each worker’s movements within the facility. For example, it can sound an alarm if an unauthorised worker is about to enter a high risk area to stop them going any further; or it can be used to alert the staff that specific Health & Safety rules apply in that zone. The system can also alert the worker when they have been in a high risk area for longer than a safe period of time.

  • Satellite: For example, staff working in remote areas that have a weak, intermittent or non-existent mobile signal will need access to a satellite device such as the award-winning SPOT Gen3. SPOT is a powerful satellite device providing life-saving communication in areas where mobile signals are weak, intermittent or non-existent. Designed for extreme conditions, the lightweight but robust product has approximately three months battery life.

  • Smartphone apps: Safe Hub’s mobile app provides an advanced smartphone app offering emergency, proactive and reactive support. Designed to work seamlessly across all handsets, the app is available for Android, Apple and Windows smartphones. The apps can be easily downloaded by end-users from their app store or mobile device management software. The smartphone app is particularly suited for workers who already have a smartphone and who don’t want to carry an additional device.

  • BlackBerry & Standard Mobile Phones: The features of the Safe Hub app can also be accessed from BlackBerry handsets and standard mobile phones via easy to use speed dials and SMS programming.

  • Desktop & Laptop App: Safe Hub even offers a desktop app; ideal for home-based workers, office staff who work late and mobile staff who regularly use a laptop. The intuitive desktop app provides access to the Red Alert, Yellow Alert and Safe Check features.

Multiple workers, multiple devices

Multiple lone working scenarios will mean your organisation needs multiple devices but one management interface. And that’s an area where we excel. Each worker’s profile can be set-up and managed from a single user-friendly and intuitive management interface. This allows you to define the exact engagement, monitoring and escalation protocols that will suit their needs; regardless of which device they have.

Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today

Post by Steve White

Steve is Chief Technical Officer at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He works closely with the technical development team and all LWS clients to ensure the effective deployment of Safe Hub. This guarantees the correct integration of Safe Hub with existing and legacy systems, its appropriate scalability, and the efficient operation of systems.

About Lone Worker Solutions

At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.

About Safe Hub

Safe Hub is an award-winning BS8484:2016 Gold Certified package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of devices including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.

Post update

This post has been updated to reflect recent changes and improvements to the naming of Lone Worker Solutions' platform and the safety features that it provides. Prior to 2018, Safe Hub was called LoneWorker Manager, Safe Check was called Heartbeat, and Group Alert was called Broadcast Messaging. These updates reflect advancements in the platform and help to improve end-user comprehension.