For lone workers in a crisis, there are certain vital features for a personal safety device. It must be reliable, with a good battery life and excellent connectivity inside a durable casing. It’s got to have a range of different safety functions to cover various risk scenarios for a diverse set of lone worker job roles. For some front-line staff, discretion may be of the utmost importance; but for everyone, it must be easy to use. And it’s got to be easily accessible, so a wearable device is a big plus for users being able to locate it immediately. In this blog, we’re going to look at how SOS Fob does the job as a personal lone worker safety device.
A powerful yet practical personal alarm
In terms of reliability, SOS Fob presents an excellent proposition. It’s durable and waterproof, yet it’s lightweight too, weighing in at just 35g. It’s a BS8484:2016 Gold Certified specialist lone working device. It deploys two key technologies. Global Positioning System (GPS) can locate your lone worker in an emergency. And Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) allows workers to speak directly to operatives at the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).
We work hard to maximise signal coverage even in areas of poor reception, including rural and coastal areas. We can supply SOS Fob with a roaming multi-network SIM. And we have a 4G version of the SOS Fob to increase connectivity further. As for battery life, the rechargeable battery has a long standby time. LED indicators show when battery power is at 15% or below and the device needs charging. SOS Fob comes with a micro-USB cable and cradle charger, with in-car and 3-pin plug chargers also available upon request.
Lone worker safety features for different risk scenarios
With SOS Fob, lone workers have immediate access to a range of safety features. Red Alert provides emergency help, which can be triggered discreetly if that’s important for the user’s safety. By pressing the prominent central SOS button, lone workers can open a call to the highly trained staff at an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). These operatives then assess the situation and dispatch the appropriate help to the worker. With Yellow Alert, a lone worker can leave a voice memo message with salient details that could save valuable time in the event of an emergency.
The reactive Worker Down feature uses motion and shock sensors within the device to register an impact or lack of movement which might indicate an accident. This triggers an automatic alert at the ARC, where staff will try to contact the worker, and will provide help if they are unresponsive. And overarching all these safety features is GPS Locate. Safe Hub captures GPS location data in real-time, accurate to within 2.5 metres, to provide a picture of where workers are at any given time.
Easy to use, easy to locate
With some discreet personal lone worker safety devices, ease of use can mean it’s all too easy to trigger a false alarm. Indeed, it can prevent users from using the devices in the first place. With SOS Fob, this need not be a concern. Users can deactivate an accidental alert by simply pressing the SOS button within 10 seconds. We can also alter the sensitivity of the Worker Down feature to account for the physicality of a lone worker’s job function. This reduces nuisance alarms – and our experience shows that it directly increases adoption of devices by lone workers in their everyday safety practice.
What’s more, SOS Fob fits perfectly (and practically) into lone workers’ lives, thanks to our range of wearable accessories. It can be clipped into a specially moulded identity badge holder, worn in an armband or wristband, or clipped to a belt. Otherwise, it can simply be carried in a pocket or on a lanyard. Whichever accessory a lone worker chooses, they’ll have the SOS Fob directly at hand when they need it.
Clients choose SOS Fob as their preferred personal lone worker safety device
SOS Fob is our most popular personal lone worker safety device. We’ve received consistently good feedback from lone workers on the ground using the device on a daily basis in a range of economic sectors. This includes a roster of major clients such as Bristol Water, Centrica, county and local councils, numerous NHS Trusts, and many social housing providers. Collectively, these organisations have deployed over 12,000 SOS Fob devices across the UK and counting.
SOS Fob has been given the seal of approval in two particular sectors. It’s available through the NHS Supply Chain Framework within the personal safety alarms product category. NHS and private healthcare providers and the wider public sector can follow a simplified procurement process to deploy SOS Fob. And the recent extension of the framework agreement means this process remains in place until end-August 2022. Meanwhile, in the housing sector, we’re a nominated supplier within the Procurement for Housing (PfH) Framework. Social housing providers, local authorities or housing arm’s length management organisations can easily procure SOS Fob and our other lone worker safety devices and apps.
Contact Lone Worker Solutions and the Safe Hub team today to find out more about the SOS Fob personal lone worker safety device.
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. Lone Worker Solutions is now a Totalmobile company, strengthening the group’s market-leading Field Service Management offering | Read More