• Sharon Hartley
    We're looking for options for cost effective lone worker devices. I know Vault Solo is good but the cost of the device can be steep when we're looking at purchasing approx 200. I work for a very large company where the frontline workers don't want to use their own mobile data to run a phone app and it is unrealistic to provide all of them with a smart phone. I fully acknowledge it is an expense the business would cover not the employees so they are not expected to use their own phones, hence the need for a small low cost device not requiring any Bluetooth connectivity. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • Steve H
    Where do these workers normally do their thing Sharon? their employers premises, static sites, city locations remote sites? Seems a big ask for minimal outlay, is this the kind of device you have in mind? Seniors Alarm
  • KeithH

    Based on who Sharon currently works for, my guess is these people are probably cleaners doing late shift in commercial premises in an urban environment.

    A little more info regarding requirements may be of help. Are you requiring a panic alarm style, one way or two way communication? In house or out sourced monitoring?
  • Teena Cleary
    You could try VeriSafe.
  • Petra Hakansson
    Hi Sharon. I have worked with these solutions for over 12 years. The problem with cheap GPS devices is two key things: a) GPS can't see through roofs so if you are working inside, they need to be tracking constantly so that we can see where you are from the breadcrumb trail b) if they are constantly tracking, this drains battery life and effects how safe they are to wear so you might only get 4-5 hours out of a device that is tracking 1-3min c) the cheap small devices as a rule will only send the GPS location WHEN they go into alarm which means we have no way of finding the person (unless they happen to be outside in view of the sky). Qualifying questions for suppliers: 1. Will device last 10+hrs on 1-3min (minimum) tracking rate (sending the location data to a mapping platform... NOT just "being tracked to send info later when it goes into alarm") 2. Has the device been SAR tested in a certified lab (Saturation Absorbency Rating) - making sure it's not going to expose your workers to harm if they are wearing it for hours. 3. When it sends an SOS alert, and if you are choosing to in-house monitor, does it send via SMS/Email or other means (unauthorised electronic messaging act means a lot of SMS/Emails generated from an overseas server are getting caught in Spam filters in both country of origin and in NZ). The bottom line is, you can waste a lot of money for maybe 50% chance of safey in an incident, or you can spend more and know you're as close to 100%, 100% of the time as possible. I'm happy to chat if I can be of help. We don't have our own devices so we are able to provide unbiased guidance.
  • Joe Boyle
    contact Petra at Guardian Angel Safety. They specialise on Lone worker solutions

  • Steve H
    A reasonable suggestion Teena, but the OP doesn't want to use mobile phones/apps that would scoff up personal data or require a mobile free individual being given a mobile phone.
  • Michael Wilson
    The next question would be why would you send out lone workers without a cellphone?
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