Vismo Global Tracking App now available on Windows 10 smartphones

Users in cities and elsewhere can use the app to help them avoid terrorist or other incidents or gain safety if they’re caught up in them

September 16th 2016. York. Vismo Tracking Solutions has announced that the Vismo Global Tracking App is now available on Windows 10 phones, complementing the app’s availability on android smartphones, BlackBerries, the iPhone and iPad and selected satellite phones. The app is used by consumers as well as selected employees of many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies and several UN agencies – and was on the phones of some 90 users in Paris on the day when the Charlie Hebdo offices were attacked in 2015.

Although none were in the immediate vicinity of the incident, all were given advice on how to stay safe.

The app – available for Windows 10 phone users in the Windows Store – uses GPS and other technologies to provide the best location service tracking updates, even indoors.  The company’s patented technology, which significantly reduces battery drain and boosts location accuracy, works globally on GSM, 3G, WCDMA and CDMA networks.

How does the app work?

“One of the most reassuring features of the app is the panic button it creates on users’ phones. Users can also put the button on their Apple Watch to remotely activate the app on their iPhone,” says Colin Dale, Business Development Director, Vismo.  “Activating the button sends an immediate alert to a secure central monitoring website.”

The moment an alert is received, the website initiates SMS and email alerts to defined recipients, including emergency and other services, containing details of the app user and their location, allowing the services to offer advice on the situation they face. While this is happening, the app triggers a covert audio recording on the user’s phone, which sends it to the website, where personnel listen to and analyse it and give any information gleaned from it to the emergency and other services.

If users’ panic buttons haven’t been activated and there is an incident in an area they’re in, they are sent alerts telling them what is happening and what to do in order to minimise risk to them. Further alerts give instructions about rescue – and any planned evacuation of an area – if that is required.

The Vismo app uses real time geo-fencing capabilities – including virtual “fences” around a real-world geographic area such as a city or high risk region.  The app alerts users via SMS and email when they move into high risk areas or leave safe zones. Geo-fencing helps users avoid risk and be prepared for it.

Colin Dale says, “The Vismo app turns any smartphone or tablet into a mobile tracking device. International travellers can enhance their safety throughout the world as administrators track, protect and respond to them.”

“We’re delighted that Vismo is making its tracking application available to Microsoft customers,” said Craig Dewar, Senior Director of Windows Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “By offering the app in the Windows Store, Vismo makes it easy for mobile users to benefit from its safety functionality.”

More at www.vismo.com/products/windows and www.vismo.com

About Vismo Tracking Solutions

Vismo Tracking Solutions markets and supports innovative, patented technology developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire plc, a leading global service provider of mobile communications based in the UK.

Cellhire is a Queen’s Award winning independent company that has been in business since 1987 and is represented around the world with offices in Dallas, Washington DC, London, York, Paris, Munich, Tokyo and Russia.

The company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services for some of the leading companies in the world.

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Cellhire gets behind the “#FillTheSeats” campaign to raise attendances at the Rio Paralympics

September 8th 2016.  York, UK. Cellhire has purchased 200 children’s tickets for the Rio Paralympics in support of the “Fill The Seats” campaign [#filltheseats] backed by Prince Harry to help raise attendances at the event by buying and giving away a total of 10,000 tickets to underprivileged children in Rio and beyond.

The tickets, costing US$30 each and totalling US$6000 [about £4500] for Cellhire, include entry to events, transport and food.

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Cellhire is closely linked with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics – thanks to its position as a preferred supplier of vital mobile telecommunications equipment including SIM cards, smartphones, and MiFi devices (portable, wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms services to major global media organisations, sponsors, Olympic Federations and teams and other visitors at the events.

“We are very keen to put something back into the local community in Rio and beyond while giving support to the Paralympics, which we know are highly valued by Paralympians and sports fans the world over,” said Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO.

For the Rio Olympics Cellhire has delivered a record-breaking 20,000 connections, 4,000 of which will be used during the Paralympics, which started on September 7th.  This has been Cellhire’s most successful overseas event to date after London 2012.

Donations

Individuals can make donations online on a crowd funding page – https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/brazilian-kids-to-the-paralympics-filltheseats

That was set up by an individual, but, as of the 30th August, the IPC [International Paralympics Committee] and Rio 2016 announced a formal backing for it. 

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.  Web: cellhire.co.uk

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t: +44 [0] 1904 616785 e: craigstillman@cellhire.com

w: https://www.cellhire.co.uk

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,

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Cellhire launches Cellhire On Demand to give businesses control over employees’ data roaming costs around the globe – while providing greater data allowances at lower cost

Experience at major events – FIFA World Cups, Cannes Film Festivals, UEFA Euro Finals and the London Olympics – laid the groundwork for the new service 

August 26th, 2016. York, UK. Cellhire – recently busy at the Rio Olympics with providing data and voice products and services to major media and other corporations – has launched Cellhire On Demand, which enables businesses to regain control over employees’ data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide.

Cellhire On Demand – www.cellhire.co.uk/ondemand – also provides greater data allowances at lower cost. Features include over-the-air SIM activation and deactivation, the ability to re-assign SIM cards to specific users at any time and a barring function to manage theft and loss.

The service operates via a secure online portal and a central pool of SIM cards and MiFi devices [small portable wireless routers] supplied by Cellhire, which businesses keep on site to ensure instant availability and abolish the need for multiple shipping charges.

Says Matt Bennett, Cellhire UK Managing Director, “Cellhire On Demand cuts costs, saves time and ends complexity. Further savings are achieved by the improved data allowances we offer at lower prices.

“It enables businesses to gain complete control over their mobile phone usage, including control over every connection and see an overview of all active data bundles at any time.”

Data sharing via MiFi  

Bennett continues, “Compared to the current process of businesses phoning their network provider to enable a costly roaming data bolt-on, Cellhire On Demand is a real step forward. Another plus is that data can be shared securely between multiple phones, laptops and tablets by using a MiFi.”

He adds, “Activating and deactivating data bundles leads to a reduction in data roaming costs and is easy to manage.  User organisations receive early high usage warnings with daily alerts and can reduce overage bills with the ability to automatically deactivate or renew data bundles once the bundle limit has been reached.”

Significant player

Cellhire is a significant player in the UK and globally in wireless communications, winning contracts to provide major media and other corporations with data and voice products and services at leading events including FIFA World Cups, Cannes Film Festivals, UEFA Euro Finals and the London Olympics.

“Our experience at these events, combined with the services we offer from our offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Brazil, Russia and Japan, laid the groundwork for Cellhire On Demand,” says Bennett.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

For further information or to arrange a trial, please contact Cellhire +44 (0) 1904 610 610 or email uksales@cellhire.com

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t: +44 [0] 1904 616785 e: craigstillman@cellhire.com

w: https://www.cellhire.co.uk

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,

t: +44 [0]1403 711177

e: paul@western-pr.com

 

 

 

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TestApproved launches, offers a new, on-demand way to test web pages and entire sites quickly at low cost

TestApproved is for use by independent web designers, SME and large Ecommerce operations, digital agencies and public sector website developers

Wakefield, July 5th 2016. Businesses are now able to test small and large sections of their website quickly and cost effectively thanks to TestApproved – testapproved.com – which launches today. An affordable alternative to costly traditional testing projects, TestApproved has individual page tests from as little as £50 and end to end checkout tests all the way up to full site testing conducted by experienced, UK based testers.

TestApproved provides a new, on-demand way of testing by dispensing with contracts and briefs and allowing customers to pick and choose online what they want tested – and giving them the option to purchase different testing credit bundles. The offering includes bigger discounts on larger credit bundles. Alternatively, customers can pay as they go without purchasing credits.

“The service is a perfect solution for digital agencies to outsource to because it provides a healthy balance between flexibility, resource management and price sensitivity,” says TestApproved Managing Director James Hepton.

“Traditional human testing of web pages can be time consuming and come with briefs, specs and high costs. TestApproved is the complete opposite. It’s quick and inexpensive making it ideal for checking a website or any part of it prior to launch or after an update.

“And by not being tied to a contract, customers can pick and chose from a menu whenever they want and at any time in the 24-hour cycle, without having to worry about contractual obligations.”

Varying levels of testing scrutiny are available across Basic, Standard and Premium checklists. Included checks range from basic content, links and mobile friendly tests to descriptions and sitemaps all the way up to the more technical elements such as SSL certificates, CSS, HTML and JavaScript, and more.

Testing reports are delivered through the website’s easy to use bug tracking service with every customer having its own private access. Customers have the option to be emailed every time a new issue or bug is found or a recommendation is made.

Hepton says, “We’ve worked hard to bring something to market that allows people to test the most commonly changed elements of their site easily and cost-effectively, with no time wasted on briefs and contracts. TestApproved is a genuine breakthrough in bringing on-demand, commonly required testing solutions to the mass market.

“Our test menus are produced and conducted by experienced people who have been building websites their entire career. As a result, we’re able to make recommendations around content, structure and general best practice.”

Hepton adds, “While our core products are complemented by a fully bespoke test creation for larger orders, the primary focus of TestApproved is on reducing the cost of everyday testing requirements. We all know how tight resource can be sometimes when having to get multiple projects over the line but too often critical testing gets overlooked. With TestApproved it needn’t be.”

A free trial without obligation is available at testapproved.com offering free credits to experience the process before making any commitments. “TestApproved can help make websites better with unbiased, fresh eyes,” says Hepton. “Our free trial allows users to find that out for themselves, at no cost.”

More at testapproved.com or email jameshepton@testapproved.com
Tel 01924 658658

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Vismo app tracks expeditions in South America and the Himalayas

April 27th 2016. York. People tracking apps from Vismo Tracking Solutions were used on used on two recently completed expeditions – Levison Wood Walking the Himalayas, and The Amazon River Run – to show their support teams where they were, allow visitors to the website of the Amazon expedition to track progress at any time and enable Channel Four to identify Wood’s location 24/7.

Both expeditions started in 2015 and employed a combination of the Vismo app on their smartphones and the RockSTAR Satellite Tracker for those areas where there was no mobile phone coverage.

It’s not the first time Vismo has sponsored and supported expeditions this way. In December 2013, British explorer and former parachute regiment officer Levison Wood started his nine month, 4,250 mile expedition along the Nile, through six countries, from its source to its delta in Egypt, with the Vismo app on his mobile phone.

Last year he set out from Afghanistan on a 1700 mile – or four million steps – trek along some of the most stunning but inhospitable terrain on the planet, in the Himalayas, again supported by Vismo.

Levison Wood in the Himalayas

Levison Wood in the Himalayas

In South America, Olie Hunter Smart and Tarran Kent-Hume kayaked the entire 4,000 miles [6,500km] length of the Amazon, the world’s longest river, in support of charities – the children’s muscular dystrophy Duchenne Children’s Trust – http://www.dc-trust.org – and the universal primary education Limited Resource Teacher Training – http://lrtt.org

They could be tracked live at http://www.amazonriverrun.com thanks to the RockSTAR and the Vismo app identifying their position every hour. They were also helped by NASA – which has provided them with flooded rainforest data – and other sponsors.

Says Colin Dale, head of business development, Vismo, “The RockSTAR is ideal for the expedition environment as it offers truly global coverage using the Iridium Network and has a battery life of more than 2500 transmissions from a single charge. And it’s waterproof, which is ideal when you’re spending months in a kayak. In conjunction with our app it can pinpoint an individual’s position very accurately.”

About Vismo Tracking Solutions

Vismo Tracking Solutions markets and supports innovative patent pending technology developed, in response to customer demand, by Cellhire plc, a leading global service provider of mobile communications based in the UK.

Cellhire is a Queen’s Award winning independent company that has been in business since 1987 and is represented around the world with offices in Dallas, Washington DC, London, York, Paris, Munich, Tokyo and Russia.
The company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services for some of the leading companies in the world.

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Vismo awarded patent for GPS tracking technology

February 25th 2016. York, UK. Vismo, the Global Tracking Solutions specialist, has been awarded a patent for its technology for GPS tracking on mobile devices. The company previously had a patent pending and has now secured a full patent for its unique operation.

The awarded patent, GB2470376, specifically covers the design behind the algorithms and innovative operations of the Vismo tracking software to optimise location accuracy with minimal battery drain.

The algorithms use a combination of metrics from the phone such as speed, GPS, network information and cell tower locations to determine optimal accuracy for locations from the device, without incurring the large battery drain usually typical of GPS tracking applications.

Fundamental to the approach is how Vismo utilizes the functionality of mobile devices, minimising the use of navigational sensors by placing them into hibernation between pre-determined intervals and using environmental information to quickly locate a device without lengthy GPS warm-up periods. Ultimately, this produces a chronological “trail” following a user’s location point-by-point on a map.

Colin Dale, Business Development Director at Vismo says, “We have always prided ourselves on the unique operation of our app and we are delighted to be recognised as owning the technology. One of our key USPs is maintaining such comprehensive and accurate international tracking while stretching battery life as much as possible.”

Vismo is available across all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows. For more information visit www.vismo.com.

About Vismo

Vismo is an innovative patented technology which has been developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire plc, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications based in the UK.

Cellhire is a Queen’s Award winning independent company that has been in business since 1987 and has operations and customer support in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Brazil. The company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services for some of the leading companies in the world.

With users in 180 countries around the world, Vismo is a proven and scalable global tracking solution with a large number of Fortune 500 companies currently engaged as clients or in active trials.

http://www.vismo.com/blog/

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Cellhire grows its online market share through strategic acquisition of 0044.co.uk and dataroam.co.uk

January 19th 2016, York, UK. Cellhire PLC has acquired a key competitor in the online space as it aggressively gears up to increase its UK market share. The acquisition brings the 0044 and Dataroam brands and their Managing Director, Angus MacLeod, under the Cellhire umbrella. Angus will join Cellhire as Head of Online Business Development for Cellhire UK.

Cellhire has supplied mobile roaming products to those travelling the globe since 1987 when the company was founded in York, UK. In that time the business has grown to an annual turnover of £22m. Recently, Cellhire has focused on growing its online business channels and has increased online sales in the UK by over 100% in the last 12 months.

Tim Williams, CEO and Chairman says, “We have made some excellent progress online in the last twelve months and we want to ensure that we maintain this momentum. Bringing 0044 and its sister company Dataroam in to the Cellhire family is an obvious progression to grow our market share and reinforce our position as market leader in the mobile roaming sector.”

0044 and Dataroam supply mainly voice and data and data only roaming solutions respectively and complement the Cellhire offering of similar products. 0044 has been in business since 2006 and has a growing user base and an excellent online reputation with both customers and search engines alike.

Matt Bennett, Managing Director, Cellhire UK

Matt Bennett, Managing Director, Cellhire UK

Matt Bennett, Managing Director of Cellhire UK says, “We’re very excited to be bringing the 0044 team into our UK business. We have a great opportunity to capitalise on their significant market share and use some of Cellhire’s significant in-house resource to maximise growth.”

Angus MacLeod, Head of Online Business Development for Cellhire UK and former MD of 0044 says, “I’m delighted to join the Cellhire team and share my knowledge and passion for the UK roaming sector within the business. I’m committed to growing the business’s UK brands and increasing Cellhire’s market share online.”

0044 personnel will be incorporated into Cellhire’s organisational structure and both 0044 and Dataroam will be based at Cellhire’s HQ in York.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire plc is a specialist global service provider. Cellhire’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and they pride themselves on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers and businesses during events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro finals and The Cannes Film Festival. The business also provides a UK and International portfolio to business customers who are looking for innovative, flexible solutions for their UK and international requirements.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. Cellhire’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by the company’s continued attainment of ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in over 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global.

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For further information please contact James Hepton, Head of Online & Marketing, Cellhire plc, t: +44 [0] 1904 616784 e: jameshepton@cellhire.com

w: https://www.cellhire.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, t: +44 [0]1403 711177

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