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20 November 2014
 November 20, 2014
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SKYGUARD TO EXHIBIT AND HOST SEMINAR AT LONE WORKER SAFETY CONFERENCE 2014

Skyguard will be showcasing their exclusive range of personal safety devices and smartphone apps at this year’s Lone Worker Safety Conference, held at the Olympia Conference Centre on 25th November.

Visitors to the show will be able to see live demonstrations of Skyguard’s product range on their stand, including the recently launched iPhone app, which converts the handset into a fully functional personal safety device. The app is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as analogue phones.

Skyguard will also be demonstrating the MySOS – Europe’s smallest and lightest safety device featuring GPS, GPRS, GSM and Mandown technologies. The key fob-sized MySOS, can be discreetly worn as pendant, attached to a belt or keyring, or as an ID badge using the clip-on accessory. The MySOS is also accredited to the highest industry standards; BS 8484 and ACPO’s ‘Secured by Design’ scheme.

17 November 2014
 November 17, 2014
GLOUCESTERSHIRE TELECARE AND SKYGUARD PROVIDE GREATER INDEPENDENCE TO DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S SUFFERERS

GLOUCESTERSHIRE TELECARE AND SKYGUARD PROVIDE GREATER INDEPENDENCE TO DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S SUFFERERS

Europe’s leading personal safety service provider – Skyguard, are working with Gloucestershire Telecare to help dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers lead more independent and safer lives.

Gloucestershire Telecare – a jointly funded service by NHS Gloucestershire Care Services and Gloucestershire County Council, has invested in 90 of Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety devices for those under their care. The key-fob sized alarms are the smallest available in Europe which incorporate GPS and mobile phone technology. Designed with convenience in mind, the MySOS can be worn as a pendant, attached to belt, keyring, or carried in a pocket or handbag.

Should the end-user go wandering and lose their way, a press of the SOS button will connect them to Skyguard’s 24 hour Incident Management Centre. Here, highly trained Controllers can view their GPS location, pre-registered information and emergency contacts. They will be able to listen-in and talk to the user and decide the best course of action – calling

13 November 2014
 November 13, 2014
Fines to increase for H&S breaches

New Proposals Could Herald £20 million Health and Safety Fines

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

The Sentencing Council’s consultation draft, issued today, includes guidance for all health and safety offences, not just those involving fatalities as previously, and links fines to corporate turnover as well as the seriousness of the offence.

Proposed guidelines include a range of tariffs for companies with differing annual turnover, modified by the seriousness of the offence and the level of organisational culpability.

For a corporate manslaughter example, a medium sized company with a turnover of between £10 million and £50 million could expect a fine with a “starting point” of £3 million for the most serious offence, ranging up to £7.5 million while the starting point for a less serious offence would be £2 million ranging up to £5 million. The current guidance sets a benchmark of fines up to £500,000.

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24 October 2014
 October 24, 2014
Vinci Trust Skyguard's Personal alarms

VINCI FACILITIES CHOOSE SKYGUARD TO PROTECT THEIR LONE WORKERS

VINCI Facilities, part of VINCI – the world leaders in construction, has adopted Skyguard’s personal safety service to mitigate potential risk to all of their lone workers.

Using Skyguard’s MySOS, Europe’s smallest and lightest personal alarm, VINCI’s lone working staff are able to call for help at the touch of a button, wherever they are, whenever.

VINCI Facilities provide services to a variety of sectors including Housing, Education and Healthcare and understand the risks faced by their lone workers. For example, VINCI’s Resident Liaison Officers work alone and visit domestic properties across a wide array of locations from rural to inner city.

Josephine O’Connor, Business & Community Investment Manager for VINCI Facilities set about sourcing a BS 8484 approved lone worker personal safety service to backup and protect their lone working employees. Josephine explains why.

“Our Officers encounter persons from all walks of life and may find themselves alone and in awkward situations such as in known areas of high-risk.”

Upon extensive

13 October 2014
 October 13, 2014
Living with Dementia

Skyguard’s GPS Alarms Feature on BBC News

Skyguard’s personal safety service was featured on BBC News on Monday 13th October 2014 as the focus of a report into a pioneering scheme to help dementia patients lead more independent lives.

The report looked into the growing use of GPS tracking alarms for those with dementia who are looking to keep their independence.

The news story, featured on BBC South Today asked “Would you put a GPS tracking device on a loved one with dementia?”

Across the South, many are doing just that. Dementia affects nearly 750,000 people, leaving them with memory loss and difficulties with thinking and there’s a large financial cost too… over £17 billion nationally. However, family carers of people with dementia saved the UK £6 billion a year.

The report highlighted a scheme that already helps dementia patients in the South stay at home for longer. Skyguard’s MySOS device, with GPS tracking technology has already helped save so many lives, it’s being introduced

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