In the latest in our series of occasional blogs spotlighting Safe Hub devices, we focus on our most popular device. Step forward, SOS Fob. This BS8484:2016 Gold Certified specialist lone working device provides a range of lone worker safety features in a small and practical package.
A powerful, wearable lone worker safety device
SOS Fob is discreet, durable, waterproof and lightweight, weighing in at just 35 grams. As well as a prominent SOS button, the device features LED indicators for power and connectivity. With a long standby time, it’s easy to recharge the battery using a micro USB and cradle charger. It can be worn in a number of different ways, with accessories that can be supplied on deployment.
The device utilises two key technologies. Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate your lone worker in an emergency. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) allows workers to speak directly to operatives at the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). And to maximise signal coverage even in areas of poor reception, we supply SOS Fob with a roaming multi-network SIM.
Emergency, buddy and worker down support
It couldn’t be simpler to trigger a Red Alert, by hitting the SOS button in the device’s centre. This discreetly activates a voice call to our ARC, where staff can quickly determine the best course of action to help. And to avoid unnecessary disruption, users have the the option to deactivate an accidental alert by simply pressing the SOS button within 10 seconds. This is a further key benefit of our SOS Fob over competitor devices.
Lone workers can activate our Yellow Alert voice memo via a secondary button. This allows lone workers to leave a recorded message providing task- or location-specific information. This can save valuable time if the worker than initiates a Red Alert.
Using built-in motion and shock sensors, SOS Fob also supports our Worker Down feature. In the event that the device hasn’t moved for a certain length of time, or it detects an impact, the device triggers an automatic alert. Staff at the ARC will then follow the designated escalation protocols for that individual user.
One further feature of SOS Fob is GPS Locate. As Safe Hub captures GPS location in real time, lone workers can be quickly located. This is used by the ARC operator to direct emergency services to the lone worker’s exact location. But it may also be useful for tracking lone working employees in real time. The GPS chipset in the device is accurate to 2.5 metres or less in normal conditions.
Our best-selling dedicated device is flexible and customisable
The device offers complete customisation at an individual level, including an audible dial or silent dial with the option of one- or two-way audio to the ARC. With Worker Down, we can customise alert sensitivity up or down on individual devices. We can even deactivate the feature entirely to provide best fit for every lone worker using the device.
There are several ways of wearing the SOS Fob too. It can be worn in a specially designed ID badge holder, an arm-holster or on a belt clip (so it's out of view but easy to reach). We can supply a lanyard if that's preferred, or the worker can simply carry the device in their pocket.
Clients across economic sectors have deployed SOS Fob successfully
SOS Fob’s powerful technology has been highly effective across a range of economic sectors. Major clients include Centrica, Bristol Water, Wessex Water, Essex County Council, various NHS Trusts and Sainsbury’s. Collectively, these organisations operate with over 10,000 SOS Fob devices across the country including rural and coastal areas.
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Post by Rob Gilbert
Rob is Chief Sales Officer at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He is responsible for introducing new clients to the benefits of Safe Hub, and ensuring their experience is straightforward, simple and truly effective. His consultative, customer-focused approach means our clients have full access to every possible resource to achieve lasting, best-of-breed solutions and service excellence.
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.