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StaySafe, what3words launch app for locating remote workers in emergencies

Workplace safety firm StaySafe has launched a unique way of helping organisations and lone, remote workers check in during crisis events or emergencies, all through the use of three simple words.

StaySafe partnered with location technology company what3words to design a method of locating workers and sending immediate help.

The location tracking does not work through standard GPS coordinates. Instead, what3words has categorised the entire world into 3x3m squares. Each square has been assigned three words from the dictionary.

For example, a specific spot in Singapore’s Silver Gardens is called ///hint.sculpture.tester, while ///homes.like.tiles is a spot directly outside the Sydney Town Hall.

If an organisation needs to quickly locate lone workers in an emergency, they or the employee can use the app to send help. Furthermore, if an employee does not check in safely or raises a panic alert within the app, monitoring agents at the organisation or an external monitoring firm can be notified. These monitoring agents can verify the alert and dispatch assistance.

what3words CEO Chris Sheldrick explains, “Growing up on a farm, the fact that we had no way to describe an exact location troubles me to this day. What if a fire had broken out in a barn or if someone was caught in running machinery? With what3words now available in the StaySafe app, it’s extremely reassuring to know that people working alone or in remote locations can tell emergency services exactly where help is needed fast enough to prevent extensive damage or avoidable injury.”

Ambulance Tasmania used what3words to rescue a hiker in April last year. Now, what3words is included in the Australian emergency services app, Emergency+.

The company explains, “ Emergency+, which helps people to call the right emergency number and confirm their location. With what3words now available in the app, people can tell Triple Zero (000) exactly where they need help with just three words and officers on the ground and first responders can use the free what3words app to get directions straight to their precise 3m location.”

In New Zealand, emergency services can deploy the free what3words app onto team devices so agents and first responders can use it to find a person easily.

StaySafe CEO Don Cameron says the low signal move can provide more coverage than similar apps on the market so employers can be confident their employees are protected.

“Adding the what3words functionality simplifies getting responders to the exact location of an incident quickly.”

StaySafe available on intrinsically safe smartphones

The StaySafe app is available on Exloc Instruments’ recently launched intrinsically safe ATEX Smartphone – providing a reliable safety solution for those operating alone in hazardous locations.

The IS530.1 is a robust, industrial smartphone certified for ATEX Zone 1 and Class I DIV1 hazardous areas. This means the device meets requirements to be safely used in the most volatile of environments, where using a regular mobile device could create an electrostatic discharge, which could cause ignition of a flammable or combustible atmosphere.

The ATEX smartphone’s latest technology is fully compatible with the StaySafe app and all of its features including; timed check-in sessions, panic alerts, discreet panic and man-down alerts. Read more

Enhanced Session Notes Functionality

This article provides a brief guide on the different options for notes on check-in and session extend.

StaySafe has recently been updated with the ability to allow or enforce the entry of notes not only at the start of a user’s session but also during a session.

The ability to add additional notes during a session has been developed for situations where a lone worker needs to leave useful information throughout the day. For example, those working on different jobs or sites during a session, those about to enter an area of low signal, or to record any identified hazards while working.

 

 

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Improved password reset and Hub ID

We have recently introduced an easy way to find out your StaySafe log in and reset your password – whether you’re an app user or a Hub admin!

Please share the article with your teams using StaySafe so that they to can log in to StaySafe quickly and easily if they ever forget their details.

StaySafe available on new Garmin inReach mini devices

Garmin inReach mini offers a smaller, lighter satellite communication device with 100% global coverage through Iridium’s satellite network.

The new mini device offers much of the same functionality as the larger Garmin inReach and provides all of the core functionality of the StaySafe app. It will even allow a lone worker to trigger a panic alarm from a connected Garmin watch, and to exchange messages with a monitor using their watch too.

Accurate location tracking allows remote workers to be monitored from the StaySafe Hub, while an SOS panic allows them to signal for help in an emergency. If a panic alert is triggered on the device, StaySafe will notify a monitor immediately, allowing an organisation to take action.

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Lone Worker Safety App, StaySafe, has been Voted as a Leader in Health and Safety by COS Readers

StaySafe is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Reader’s Choice Awards in Mobile Apps by Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) Magazine.

Nominations for the awards were chosen by the magazine’s editorial team and winners voted by readers through a comprehensive and dynamic survey.

StaySafe is an app and cloud-based monitoring solution which provides personal protection for lone workers. The app tracks employee location in real-time, enabling employees to check-in safely and request immediate assistance if necessary. Designed to overcome lone worker safety challenges, the app includes a wide range of features such as timed sessions, panic button, duress PIN and man-down alerts. Read more

StaySafe continues to enhance lone worker app

Through our close working association with StaySafe we are able to both provide input to the technical direction and strategy for the product, to fit the New Zealand market. We also assist with beta testing and refinement of these new features. Read more

StaySafe BS8484 Update

The upcoming changes to health and safety legislation in New Zealand are certainly increasing awareness of smartphone-based solutions within the market. As a result, we are seeing significant interest in StaySafe.

The StaySafe solution which we represent in New Zealand has now been successfully audited and accredited under British Standard BS8484:2011 “The Provision of Lone Worker Device Services”.

This is a significant achievement for StaySafe, only achieved after long preparation and rigorous assessment to ensure that the standard’s stringent requirements were met. To the best of our knowledge, StaySafe is the only BS8484 compliant smartphone lone worker device available and supported locally in New Zealand.

At Secure Mobility we are very excited about what this means for the StaySafe solution, and its entry to the New Zealand market.

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