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Skyguard, the personal safety service for lone workers, will be launching an iPhone version of their ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, at ExCeL London between June 17 and 19.

The app converts an iPhone into a personal safety device, according to the company. Its range already includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, besides dedicated devices.

Once installed by download, Skyguard’s software enables the user to raise an alarm in an emergency, by shaking the device for a few seconds, or pressing an on-screen button. Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre (IMC) can view the user’s GPS location and registered profile information, listen in, and talk to the user if it’s safe to do so. Controllers will follow the user’s emergency procedures which could include escalating to the 999 services, Skyguard’s National Response Service, or the employer’s own nominated contacts, and guide them to the user.

The Skyguard for Smartphone software features ‘Voice Memo’, which allows the user to leave a voice message on the system giving details of where they are going and who they are meeting. Should the user raise an alarm, this message will be made available to the IMC controllers, providing them with extra information which they can pass on to the emergency responder.

The app also allows the user to set a delayed alarm for any time period between five minutes to six hours, which counts down and automatically raises the alarm to the IMC if not cancelled by the user.

Skyguard Marketing Director, Will Murray said: “Organisations are increasingly moving towards equipping their workforces with the latest smartphones and making use of business apps to improve productivity. With the addition of iPhone software to our range, Skyguard can now offer industry-leading safety solutions on every major smartphone operating system. This underlines our ongoing commitment to new product development, allowing customers to choose how to connect to our service based upon their own requirements.”

The range of smartphone apps and exclusive dedicated devices will be available to view on stand M2155 at the Safety & Health Expo, where staff will be presenting live product demonstrations.

Skyguard also has three clients presenting case study seminars on each day of the show in the Lone Worker Protection Theatre; Worcester Community Homes, Peabody and Kent Community Health NHS Trust. For more and to register for the exhibition, visit: http://www.safety-health-expo.co.uk.


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