Dedicated devices have been around for a long time and are a great way to offer personal protection to at risk employees. However, with the advancement of technology and availability of smartphones, safety apps can offer a new and efficient way of providing protection.
With more and more businesses switching to smartphone technology to keep their staff safe, we take a look at some of the reasons why apps are gaining popularity.
One of the greatest benefits of safety apps is their accessibility. Most people carry their mobile phones with them everywhere they go and would not leave the house without them.
Lone worker apps do not rely on employees having to remember a separate device, or even to keep it charged – which is perhaps the greatest challenge many businesses experience with devices.
Easy to roll out
Lone worker apps can be downloaded straight onto the user’s phone. With very few resources required, roll out can take as little as one day.
Range of functionality
There is often a misconception that the functionality of apps is limited. However, apps can utilise all of the functionality of a smart device, which in reality is some of the best technology available on the consumer market.
With technology advancing rapidly, apps are a great way to offer the best technology solution at no extra cost.
Always up to date
Another great feature of apps, is the ability to be developed remotely. When operating systems roll out updates, apps can utilise any new technology and provide updates of their own. And all the user is required to do is update the app from their phone.
Because apps do not require any equipment, the cost is low for the business. The cost of running apps is also low as most apps are designed to use very little data.
Plus, there are no additional costs or down time due to breakage and servicing.
In some work environments, the ability to wear a device is more suitable for the type of work being carried out. If working on a one-to-one basis or at height, a wearable device provides a secure, accessible and discreet way to access panic and check-in functions.
Recent developments in technology have meant that apps can now be paired with wearable devices to for those that need it.
StaySafe can be paired with the VBTTN, a small wearable button, which gives the user a quick, easy and discreet way to check in or send a panic alert. Employers can choose to equip all app users with a VBTTN, or issue them on a team or individual basis. This is especially useful for businesses who have a diverse workforce, where staff perform differing roles.
Pairing an app with a wearable device enables all staff to be monitored under one system, with some using the app from their phone and others through the wearable device. This also helps to contain costs as dedicated or wearable devices, which can be expensive, need only be purchased for those who need it, rather than the whole workforce.
Protecting remote staff via satellite
The most advanced of lone worker safety apps can also utilise satellite connectivity. Under normal circumstances, apps and devices both rely on signal to send alerts and location data. However, of course, there are remote locations around the world that are unable to provide even the most basic connection. Pairing your smartphone with a satellite hub or using an app on a satellite phone allows the most remote of employees to keep in touch, and to be monitored on the same system as other staff.
You can find out more about StaySafe’s satellite options.