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
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
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.
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