With the wearable SOS Button, lone workers have discreet access to Safe Hub safety features that protect them in a range of risk scenarios.
For customer- and client-facing staff, working in the pandemic raises all sorts of risks. Whatever their risk assessment in more normal times, they face added pressures that come from dealing with stressed people. If they’re lone workers, they need access to safety devices which they can access discreetly and in a hurry. That’s where SOS Button comes into its own. Linked to a lone worker’s Safe Hub smartphone app, it unlocks Safe Hub’s emergency and reactive safety features. And as it comes with a range of wearable options, lone workers will always know exactly where the device is. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at this powerful yet small lone worker safety device.
When discretion is key, choose SOS Button
SOS Button is the perfect discreet, wearable lone worker safety device. Ergonomically designed, it can be worn in a variety of ways and accessed in a hurry. SOS Button is lightweight and small, weighing in at just 0.3 ounces (8 grams) and with a diameter of under 1.5 inches (32mm). And it’s fully waterproof up to 3 feet (1 metre) for up to 30 minutes.
But SOS Button’s small size doesn’t compromise on its power. The device uses Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth 4.0 LE) technology. It connects with the Safe Hub App on the worker’s designated smartphone (Apple phones 4S or higher, and Android phones 4.3 or higher). The SOS Button must be within range of the lone worker’s smartphone to operate. But with a wireless range of up to 75 feet indoors, and 300 feet outdoors, that gives plenty of flexibility. If the SOS Button travels out-of-range from the device running the app, both devices receive an audio notification.
Running out of battery power need not be a concern either. SOS Button has a long battery life; it uses a replaceable CR2032 battery that will last for up to 12 months before needing to be replaced. These batteries are readily available from a range of retail sources. This gives SOS Button an exceptionally long useful life.
Push the SOS Button for immediate help
As well as being small, SOS Button is flexible. It provides two of our Safe Hub features, allowing the lone worker to access emergency help when they need it:
- Red Alert: Once pressed, the SOS Button connects with the worker’s smartphone or computer app, and Safe Hub triggers a Red Alert which transmits directly to the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).
- Worker Down: the SOS Button has a fall detection feature that will trigger Worker Down in the worker’s Safe Hub App. Inbuilt sensors will be activated by the worker falling or suffering a sudden impact.
In addition to these safety features, a lone worker’s location will be regularly sent to the ARC from the smartphone attached to the SOS Button. This means that managers can keep an eye on their lone workers’ location through the web-based Safe Hub portal. And real-time GPS location will be recorded there in case of incidents.
Wearable lone worker protection that works with clothing restrictions
We really mean it when we say the SOS Button is wearable. Our priority is to make it easy for a lone worker to reach in a hurry. The device can be hung around the neck on a lanyard, worn on a clothing clip (for belts, lapels or pocket edges), worn on the wrist, or simply kept in a pocket.
Workers can wear the SOS Button on a lanyard around their neck. We can also supply breakable lanyards in cases where lone workers face ligature risks (for instance when dealing with clients with behavioural issues).
SOS Button fits into a handy clip to attach to a pocket, lapel or belt. Lone workers in roles such as receptionist can benefit from this option.
SOS Button clips into a comfortable and durable wristband. This can be particularly helpful for lone workers whose uniform includes a short-sleeved shirt.
Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today to find out more about SOS Button wearable lone worker protection and to arrange a free demo.
Post by Georgia Parsons
Georgia is an Account Manager at Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). She 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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