Argyll 'Blac and Blu' In Fight Against Lone Worker Violence
on: May 21, 2010, 12:21 pm
Author: QueryCLick LTD
Argyll, the UK leader in
lone worker safety introduces ‘Blac’ for Blackberry devices and ‘Blu’
for Windows Mobile devices, two new Health & Safety software
applications that are specifically designed to discreetly monitor those
at risk, remove the need to deploy expensive ‘specialised’ devices for
those personnel deemed at lower risk, maximize the employer return on
investment case through significant added value services and still
comply with legislation.
Following feedback from clients, Argyll has recognised that many employers are now
deploying mobile technology such as Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices in a bid
to improve productivity for their remote workers. Argyll has also recognised that
employees do not always require, or desire, to carry two devices and that in the
current economic climate, where employers are striving to keep costs under control,
employers are keen to reduce the numbers of sim cards being deployed.
‘Blac°’ & ‘Blu°’ enable any ‘at risk’ Lone Worker with a GPS equipped Blackberry or
Microsoft Windows Mobile device or mobile phone, to maintain reliable contact with
an in-house response team and a BS8484 compliant end-to-end solution incorporating a
police preferred status Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).
At any given time the worker is able to update the ARC with data relating to their
personal safety. If immediate assistance is needed, this can be summoned by pressing
the assigned ‘DURESS’ button on the mobile device. Key communication functions
incorporating fail-safes are monitored both on & off device (exceeding the minimum
requirements of BS8484) to ensure contact with the worker throughout the working
The application is fully configurable via Argyll’s comprehensive Internet services
enabling employers to control lone worker policy, manage compliance and view current
status. The ARC is constantly updated with the geographic location of the device
using it’s GPS coordinates, irrespective of the risk level set and it may also be
configured to restrict monitoring to within working hours ensuring staff privacy.
Other device status information such as battery life or signal strength means that
our ‘Blac°’ & ‘Blu°’ applications easily exceed the minimum requirements contained
Argyll, the UK’s largest lone worker service provider, is providing free links and
advice for any organisations seeking to control ‘lone working’ which is highlighted
by the HSE as one of the highest risk exposures for prosecution under the CMCHA. The
information is available via the company’s website and enables employers to
properly understand the current legislation and contains helpful advice and guidance
to assist them fulfil their duty of care for lone workers.
Contact Details: Susan Fitzpatrick
0870 750 1475