East Anglian technology start-up Safepoint has just launched a new web and mobile platform to safeguard lone workers and help businesses ensure the safety of their staff.
Safepoint began in November 2017 after it won first prize at Norwich’s ‘Sync the City’ hackathon. Safepoint was inspired by the story of Robert Geach, an engineer at a water treatment plant who died while servicing a filtration system. Geach slipped and knocked himself unconscious before drowning in a shallow pool of water. It was over four hours before his colleagues realised he was missing. Safepoint decided to harness the power of the cloud and modern mobile technology to create a product that could save the lives of lone workers like Robert.
Callum Coombes, CEO and co-founder, Safepoint said, “We’ve come a long way since the first prototype was developed at Sync the City in 2017 – I remember we stayed up until 3am each night during the 54-hour competition!
“In Spring 2019, the University of East Anglia invested in Safepoint to help us scale, which has allowed part of the Safepoint team to go full-time and for us to really invest in the growth of the platform.”
Safepoint is built on two pillars: a mobile application available on both Android and iOS devices, and a web portal that can be accessed through any web browser. Lone workers use the mobile app to log tasks, signal for help in emergencies and share their safety information, such as their GPS location. The web portal can then be used to monitor lone workers, respond to emergencies and make informed safety decisions with real-time data.