There are lots of considerations when choosing a lone worker safety device. It’s got to be flexible, so it can cope with every eventuality. It’s got to be durable, so it represents good value for money for an employer. And it’s got to be easy to use, as lone workers need to react fast in an emergency. Our ProtectMe device delivers on all these points. Since it has the full range of Safe Hub functions available, it can help in a variety of situations. And with its robust design featuring a screen and simple control buttons, lone workers can quickly learn how to use it. In this blog, we take a closer look at ProtectMe.
ProtectMe, protecting lone workers
ProtectMe is ideally suited to lone workers in a wide variety of everyday situations. It’s a powerful GSM/GPS-enabled personal tracking device that’s durable and easy to use. To maximise signal coverage even in areas of poor reception, we can supply ProtectMe with a roaming multi-network SIM. What’s more, it’s the most feature-rich dedicated device on the market and supports the full range of Safe Hub features.
In a crisis, a lone worker can trigger a Red Alert emergency using the prominent SOS button, opening a two-way connection with our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The lone worker can leave a Yellow Alert voice memo message with the ARC too, to give salient information before entering a hazardous situation. ProtectMe’s screen allows users to choose their own safety interval on the proactive Safe Check welfare check feature. Additionally, in-built sensors raise an alert with the ARC via reactive Worker Down impact and fall detection, which is invaluable if a lone worker is incapacitated.
And ProtectMe even provides protection against false alarms disrupting a lone worker’s day. Unlike many competitor devices, there is the option for a user to deactivate an accidental alert by simply pressing the SOS button within 10 seconds. By avoiding nuisance alerts, this directly increases adoption by lone workers – and further representing value for money for employers.
All the Safe Hub key functions and features in detail
To trigger a Red Alert (emergency support), a lone worker need only press and hold the SOS button to raise an alarm. They’ll immediately be connected with an ARC operative, who will have access to their personal profile and GPS location. The ARC operative will actively listen, and follow that individual’s escalation process, including any discreet panic words. They can direct the right help to the scene. Calls are recorded and can be used as evidence in any investigation.
With a Yellow Alert (voice memo), a lone worker can leave a voice message, advising ARC staff that they are entering a potentially hazardous situation. In an emergency the ARC will access the recording along with the last known location, dispatching emergency support if needed.
With Worker Down (fall and impact detection alarm), lone workers get reactive help. Safe Hub uses the motion sensors in ProtectMe to monitor the movement of the handset and its orientation. If, for example, the handset hasn’t moved for a length of time this could indicate that a lone worker requires emergency help.
Safe Check provides proactive support in the form of a periodic welfare check. Once activated the Safe Hub platform will send a message to which the lone worker must respond at pre-determined intervals. Should the lone worker fail to respond, the platform will trigger an alarm with the ARC. Lone workers can set intervals that suit their working day; for instance, if they have a series of meetings which typically last an hour, they can set the timer accordingly.
GPS location is the key to protecting lone workers
Overarching all these features, ProtectMe lets managers know when lone workers are safe using GPS Locate. When using Safe Hub, the lone worker’s GPS location is reported to the system every ten minutes as standard, with the option to customise this frequency. Additionally, GPS is reported immediately whenever a Red, Yellow or Worker Down Alert is raised. With pin-sharp accuracy, this really puts lone workers on the map. And when their lone workers are safe, employers are meeting their legal and moral responsibilities. ProtectMe protects you as well. #ProtectMe #SafeHubFeatures #GPS #EasyToUse #LoneWorkerSafety
Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today to find out more about the ProtectMe device and to arrange a free trial.
Post by Henry Robinson
As an Account Manager at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS), Henry introduces new clients to Safe Hub, our award-winning system to protect and monitor lone workers. Safe Hub is a package of emergency buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. The system supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of BS8484:2016 Gold Certified devices, including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.
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