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2 August 2017
 August 2, 2017
Lone Worker Section Chairman of the BSIA - Will Murray

Director Will Murray Elected Chairman of BSIA Lone Worker Section

Will Murray, Marketing Director of our parent company, Send For Help Group, has been elected to Chair the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section.

The appointment means that the Group now occupies an unprecedented three spaces on the Section Committee, with each subsidiary brand receiving representation.

Operations Director, Ricardo Pombo and IMC Operations Manager, Nick Shea will be attending future BSIA meetings on behalf of Peoplesafe and Skyguard respectively. Will Murray will continue to represent Guardian24.

As the largest supplier of lone worker protection globally, the new roles further enhance Send For Help’s position at the forefront of the lone working industry. The objectives of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section are to raise awareness and educate the market, and assist in development of industry standards by working with key stakeholders.

The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) is the trade association for the UK’s professional security industry, with its members comprising representatives from a number of organisations within the sector.

On being elected to head up the Committee, Will Murray commented, “I’m absolutely thrilled to take on the

1 August 2017
 August 1, 2017
Skyguard launch new lone worker app for iPhone

Skyguard’s New iPhone App Now Available

Today, Skyguard are set to launch an updated version of our lone working app for the iOS platform. Available for download, the new BS 8484:2016 certified application allows users to raise an alarm at the press of a button if they feel they are in danger.

Now compatible with the wearable SmartButton accessory, an alert can be activated without even unlocking the phone’s keypad. The compact unit, which is only 1.3 inches in diameter can be subtly worn on a wristband, keychain, pendant or belt clip. This provides another way to get help, particularly useful in difficult circumstances when a user wants to get assistance discreetly.

Skyguard for Smartphone is available for the three major mobile platforms, iPhone, Android and Windows. Using the application transforms a Smartphone into a fully functional personal safety device, ideal for vulnerable individuals and those working alone who don’t wish to carry a standalone alarm.

The service is backed up by

5 June 2017
 June 5, 2017
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts use MySOS personal alarms

Luxury Hotel Group Protect Workers with Skyguard’s MySOS Personal Alarms

One of Britain’s best-loved luxury hospitality chains, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts have adopted Skyguard personal alarms to offer protection for its lone workers.

The company employs over 4,000 staff at hotels and resorts across the UK and in Europe, with the safety and wellbeing of those employees being a key priority.

Shift workers, including receptionists, night porters and cleaners often find themselves working alone late at night and are therefore more vulnerable to risk. Being a safety conscious employer, the group have put in place measures to allow staff to get help discreetly if they encounter situations where they feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Macdonald choose Skyguard as the leading supplier of lone worker safety solutions to equip their night porters with MySOS personal alarms. Michael Careless, Cluster Night Manager, explains just how crucial the devices are:

“I have night porters relying on the assurance of an activation, these devices make them feel safe at night. Without this piece of technology, we would not function properly.”

The handheld unit supplied

22 May 2017
 May 22, 2017
Skyguard to exhibit at Safety & Health Expo

Skyguard to Shine Spotlight on Implementing Lone Worker Protection at Safety & Health Expo

Next month, London’s ExCeL exhibition centre will be hosting the Safety & Health Expo – the ‘UK’s no.1 health and safety event and conference.’

The show runs from the 20th-22nd June and promises to be “the only place in the UK where all key associations, manufacturers and distributors come together with industry leaders, providing an unrivalled opportunity to source new health and safety products, network and get up to speed with the latest guidance and legislation.”

Throughout the course of three days, delegates will be spoilt for choice – with the chance to attend exclusive seminars, mingle with over 27,000 industry professionals and watch live product demos, showcasing the latest innovations in security technology.

Skyguard are delighted to be featuring once again, with our team advising on the best methods of protecting lone workers and showing off our very own MySOS personal alarms and Smartphone apps in action. That’s not all as event attendees that subscribe to our

16 May 2017
 May 16, 2017
Grit spreading in wintry conditions

Highway Maintenance Providers Ringway Choose MySOS to Protect Workers

With over 1,000 employees working across Britain’s road network, Ringway Infrastructure Services use Skyguard’s award-winning BS 8484:2016 Certified MySOS devices to safeguard their workers.

The company carry out highway maintenance services including road repairs, street cleaning and winter gritting on around 17,565 kilometers of roads, often in remote areas and signal blackspots. Conditions can be dangerous especially in the winter when gritters brave the freezing weather to keep the roads free of snow and ice.

It’s not just the winter months that can prove testing, as all year-round workers are at risk of being subjected to verbal and sometimes even physical abuse from members of the public.

After investigating various methods to protect their workforce, Ringway opted for 450 of Skyguard’s MySOS devices following a successful trial period.

During their trial Skyguard came to the rescue when a Ringway worker required medical attention. The employee called for help by pressing the SOS button on his MySOS and asking for assistance. An ambulance was

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