Through the use of Unique Reference Numbers (URNs), security systems are able to escalate alarms directly to police forces and provide an immediate response – faster than that available to those dialing 999.
URNs can be allocated to security systems such as Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) if they are compliant with requirements from the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). They give ARCs a direct link to police control rooms and enable a level 1 priority response which bypasses the 999 system. Vital time is saved using this approach as alarms have already been verified as genuine by the ARC. Details of end users and the incident will also be passed on by the ARC, so a response can be dispatched much quicker.
Skyguard’s service is fully accredited with BS 8484:2016 and BS 5979 Category II Alarm Receiving Centre, as part of its compliance with the NPCC’s requirements. We have URNs for all UK police forces (where available), giving us
Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help Ltd has been ranked as one of Britain’s most successful private companies by The Sunday Times for a second consecutive year.
The 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, published this week, champions the UK’s top performing private companies based strictly on financial performance with the fastest growing sales over their latest three years. Send For Help has been placed 80th.
Founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray, Send for Help has prominently featured in the national press throughout the year as a real success story. Business continues to go from strength-to-strength. The company is now independently verified as the largest lone worker protection provider in the world.
Skyguard, along with its sister companies, Guardian24 and recently-acquired Peoplesafe, uses key fob sized GPS personal safety alarms and mobile phone apps to provide 24 hour personal protection to
Will Murray, Director of Skyguard, was interviewed by Police Oracle magazine – the UK’s largest provider of police news – to discuss how MySOS personal alarms are being used to revolutionise the way police protect vulnerable individuals under their care.
The article discusses how the pocket-sized device has given a vital lifeline to over 6,000 individuals deemed at risk. Currently more than half of the countries’ police forces use MySOS, typically issuing units to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and those on witness protection programs.
On activation of the device’s SOS button, users are able to speak to a trained Controller who can provide assistance and contact the emergency services utilising a unique reference number which allows Skyguard faster police response than the 999 system.
Murray commented: “It really gives the victims reassurance and freedom. Police used to install fixed alarms in properties but the victims never had an alarm which they could carry on them. It gives vulnerable people more mobility and they know that if anything happens
Skyguard’s Parent Company, Send For Help Ltd has seen annual turnover break £8m for the first time – a rise of 30% on the previous year.
Send For Help, independently verified as the largest lone worker protection provider in the world show turnover this year hit £8m, up from £6.1m last year with profits of £2.4m — an increase of 121% on the previous year.
Organisations across all sectors and industries are turning to Skyguard as they seek ways to protect their employees using cutting edge mobile phone and satellite technology.
The business was founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray. Their father, Jan Murray — the technology entrepreneur who founded PC World is the company’s President. Send For Help operates three subsidiary brands — Skyguard, Guardian24 and newly acquired Peoplesafe, which was added to the Group’s portfolio in May.
The Group protects more than 100,000 lone workers through the use of personal safety devices and mobile phone applications, all linked to a dedicated Alarm Receiving Centre manned 24 hours a day.
“We have seen demand
Next week Health and Safety North comes to Manchester with Skyguard exhibiting alongside a whole host of the safety industry’s leading names.
Due to popular demand, the show is to be held on the 10th and 11th of October at a brand-new location, EventCity, the second largest conference venue outside London. In its tenth year, the event promises to attract over 200 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors through the door over the course of the two days.
With 36 hours of free conferences, seminars and an outstanding line up including 56 speakers, Health and Safety North is a must for health and safety practitioners looking to network, procure and learn more about best practice and the latest products available on the market.
Skyguard will be demonstrating a range of solutions designed to protect those working alone including our exclusive MySOS personal safety device and cutting-edge lone worker apps. For those seeking advice on how to manage lone working within their organisation and the best methods of protecting employees, our team will be ready to answer your