Aspire Housing replaces its dedicated safety devices with a smartphone ‘StaySafe’ app to protect and monitor its lone workers.
StaySafe is an app and surrounding cloud-based monitoring service which tracks a lone workers’ locations on a real-time map and alerts their manager if they don’t check-in within a specified time. The app works on iOS and Android and offers a wide range of functions including a panic button, working session expiry and low battery warnings, GPS tracking, inactivity and duress alerts. If a worker activates the app’s panic button or fails to check in, alerts are automatically triggered on screen and via text and email, allowing Aspire to take immediate action.
Clare Godbold, HR business partner, Aspire Housing, said, “StaySafe has been very well received. Most of our workers already carry smartphones or tablets for work, so they’ve found the app easy and convenient to use. StaySafe appealed to us because the app has a huge range of features and offers all the functionality we need in one place.
“As we have multiple workers visiting many properties and tenants’ homes, being able to see their location on a live map is imperative. The ability to prompt staff to check in safely at regular intervals means we get positive affirmation they are safe throughout the day.”
Don Cameron, CEO, StaySafe, said, “Employees in the housing sectors can be extremely vulnerable because they need to visit empty properties, carry out maintenance work and meet with tenants, often by themselves. StaySafe helps to ensure that any employees who find themselves in danger can discreetly signal for help and be found quickly, before a situation has the chance to escalate.”