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12 September 2012
 September 12, 2012
2 year old with personal alarm

So Simple, Even a Two-Year Old Can Raise the Alarm

Too often, technology can baffle brains. Mobile phones can prove to be complicated and fiddly and computers end up irritating their users. Many become confused and are bombarded with information which turns them away from experimenting with new devices.

However, not all new technology is complicated to use. Take Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety alarm – an innovative connection tool which gives users 24/7 backup and protection wherever they go. Although the device is packed with functions and features, its uncomplicated design and one-button alarm activation is so simple to use…

…So simple, even a two-year old can raise the alarm.

Julie Millard from Northamptonshire signed up to Skyguard’s personal safety service for medical reasons. Julie says, “I have a medical condition which means I can black out without warning anywhere and I’m unconscious… in the high street… the garden and I can’t talk.”

Looking for a personal alarm which gives ultimate peace of mind to Julie and her family, she came

30 July 2012
 July 30, 2012
NHS Stockport use Skyguard's Lone Worker Alarms

Stockport NHS Trust Switch to Skyguard

A recent survey carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) reference found that more than 60 percent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to verbal or physical abuse in the past couple of years.

In efforts to combat this worrying problem, many Trusts have a form of lone-worker alarm system in place to help protect their staff in the event of abuse or an assault. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is a typical example.

In 2009, NHS Trusts across England and Wales purchased personal alarms (in most cases, the Identicom i750*) for their lone working employees through a national framework agreement, which was part-funded by the government. However, funding was only for the first two years of the contract – after the initial two year period was over, Trusts took responsibility for the remainder of the contract. With recent changes in public sector spending, many Trusts are now looking for more cost-effective, viable alternatives to offer 24/7 backup and assistance for their lone working staff.

Jill

25 July 2012
 July 25, 2012
Student holds Skyguard personal alarm

Skyguard and the City of Edinburgh Council Pioneers New Initiative to Help Pupils with Special Needs Travel Independently

Skyguard is pleased to be working with the City of Edinburgh Council in implementing a pioneering initiative to help school pupils with special needs. The Independent Travel Scheme aims to give hundreds of students the opportunity to travel independently without the need for school transport, which allows them the chance to go to college to complete further education courses and build a career.

Back in late 2010, the council began trialling Skyguard’s service with two young students from Pilrig Park School. By carrying the GEMshield personal safety device, the students were able to travel to and from school without direct supervision. Traditionally special needs pupils are taught self travel by teachers who have to accompany them over an average eight week period. However, thanks to the GEMshield device, the need for staff to accompany them is eliminated and training is completed a lot quicker, with teachers able to train

23 July 2012
 July 23, 2012
First past the post

Skyguard Contingency Plans for the London 2012 Games

With the 2012 Olympics due start in a few days time, businesses which operate in areas around the Games (and its associated events), are likely to experience severe disruption to their day-to-day operations. Contingency and forward planning is therefore essential to ensure the impact the Games has on business continuity is kept to a minimum.

Contingency planning is even more critical when the nature of your business is providing a vital lifeline and backup to high risk individuals facing potentially life threatening incidents. Therefore, Skyguard has been planning for many months in advance to ensure that our service continues to operate as efficiently as possible throughout the course of the Games.

We are able to do this by applying the following:

As an end-to-end service provider which wholly owns each component of the service; this ensures we have specialist expertise and reduces communication time between each of our service elements All of our personal safety devices & smartphone applications are certified to

23 July 2012
 July 23, 2012
Lone working legislation

Company Charged with Record Fine Under Corporate Manslaughter Act

Lion Steel Limited has become the third company in the United Kingdom to be found guilty under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008. With the prosecution, Lion Steel has received the largest fine on record – £480,000 with additional costs of £84,000.

Last year, Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings became the first company to be convicted under the Act, receiving a fine of £385,000. In May this year, Northern Ireland based business JMW Farms Limited (Co. Armagh) was fined £187,500 plus £13,000 costs.

Lion Steel, a Cheshire-based storage manufacturer, pleaded guilty to the offence in relation to the death of 45-year-old employee Steven Berry, who suffered fatal injuries when he fell through a fragile roof panel at the firm’s site in 2008.

Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008, organisations can be punished and censured for culpable conduct that leads to a person’s death – including the failure of providing adequate

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