Alarm helps meet duty of care to lone workers

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A personal alarm designed for the protection of lone workers, including housing officers, neighbourhood wardens, health professionals and social workers, has been launched by Optyma Security Systems. The new “Insight” system is described as a combination of GPS (global positioning satellite) tracking and GSM mobile telephone technology, which delivers a reliable and effective link between the user and a constantly manned call centre. “It provides a cost-effective solution to employers¹ duty of care in respect of lone workers, as outlined by the Health and Safety Executive,” says Optyma. “The system comprises a GSM mobile telephone, which incorporates a special module, and a discreet GPS alarm unit, which can be clipped to a belt or slipped inside a pocket or handbag. “When the user requires assistance, he or she presses the button on the GPS unit twice and an alarm message is relayed to an operator at the call centre. The unit vibrates to reassure the user that the call for assistance has been sent and, on r

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