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Free-to-use “Repair Café Carbon Calculator” launched by Farnham Repair Café through a collaboration with the University for the Creative Arts

April 22nd 2020, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Farnham Repair Café [FRC] today launches its in-house designed Repair Café Carbon Calculator, a free and easy-to-use online platform aimed at repair cafés – and other repair organisations – in the UK and internationally.

Available in two versions, Quick and Standard, the calculator is believed to be the first online tool that reports CO2 emission savings resulting from product repairs.

Quick – https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/rc-carbon-calculator-quick – calculates emission savings by using weight or number of repairs across all product types. Standard – https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/rc-carbon-calculator-standard – can be used by repair cafés that keep individual product repair records and group their successful repairs, by weight or number into categories e.g. bicycles, computing, electricals, mechanicals, clothing, jewellery etc – thereby giving a more precise estimate of carbon emissions and landfill savings.

“Many repair cafés have traditionally used simple paper-based ‘measure by weight’ methods”, says Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD], University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and Chair of the Board of Trustees of FRC. “Our carbon calculator enables users to quickly estimate emission savings by weight or even just the number of successful repairs alone, or in greater detail by product repair category.”

Professor Martin Charter

Professor Charter

The Standard version can also show where repair cafés are having the most success in carbon emission savings, by product type – not just by weight. “Repair is particularly beneficial in electrical products such as smartphones, tablets and computers, because they contain a very high level of embedded carbon emissions due to the global supply chains,” adds Professor Charter.

Collaboration

The Repair Café Carbon Calculator is the result of three months-long collaboration between FRC trustee Steve Privett and Professor Charter. Funding came from UCA, following an award from the Strategic Priorities Fund from Research England.

At the heart of the calculator is a methodology based on data and information from FRC – and other repair cafés in the UK – that was used by Privett in his dissertation on “Potential impact of UK Repair Cafés on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.” The dissertation was completed for his master’s degree in sustainable development.

Privett comments, “The research indicates that the majority of people whose products are repaired at the UK’s repair cafés continue to use them instead of buying newly manufactured replacements. This reduction in product consumption helps to preserve finite resources and lower carbon emissions and is particularly effective when products with a short usable life cycle, of which there are many, are given a new lease of life through repair.

“We hope the calculator will help to further inform and motivate communities towards a culture of repair rather than replace.”

Farnham Repair Cafe

Farnham Repair Cafe

The calculator takes a number of variables into consideration in its calculations. Included are average transport emissions to and from the repair café, spare parts use, rebound consumption and savings made by reducing the total sum of greenhouses gases that would have been released by manufacturing new products if the products had not been repaired by a repair café.

Research on impacts

Says Professor Charter, “Very little hard data about repair cafés’ potential ability to mitigate CO2 emissions has been published to date. Our calculator is the first tool to give repair cafés the opportunity to change that, by using more accurate evidence-based estimations of CO2 savings from product repairs.

“Making our calculator free-to-use by repair cafes and other repair organisations worldwide will, we anticipate, help policy makers, manufacturers, repairers and customers make the connection between the circular economy and climate change.

“Historically, broader environmental benefits of repair cafés have been highlighted in the media and social media. The calculator enables more specific evidencebased  estimates of CO2 emissions, showing the real impact that repair cafes can make.

“Social and community are also an important aspect of repair cafés. We are seeing increased community interest and, when covid-19 lockdown and social distancing are lifted, repair cafés can expect to see a further strengthening of their relationship with their local communities.”

More about the calculator: https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/about/

FRC is open on every second Saturday of the month between 10am – 12.30pm and offers advice and repairs on all kinds of products, from vacuum cleaners, headphones and lights, to hats, jackets, pushchairs and bicycles.  Address: FRC, The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU.

Founded in 2015, FRC, a UK-registered repair café charity, is a collaborative project between UCA, CfSD at UCA, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK. It is part of the global Repair Café movement of nearly 2100, led by The Repair Café International Foundation – founded in the Netherlands in 2011; the number of repair cafés in the UK has doubled over the last year to more than 125.

Says Professor Charter, “Our repairers are highly skilled and do a brilliant job. To date we have organised 58 sessions and had 3,000 visitors to Farnham Repair Café since launch. There have been almost 1300 repairs at a 65 percent repair rate with over 3.7 tonnes being diverted from landfill, and we have reduced CO2 by 34.5 tonnes, and seen over £91,000 saved by repairing instead of buying new.”

More about FRC https://frc.cfsd.org.uk

For more information please contact Martin Charter mcharter@uca.ac.uk

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Farnham Repair Café’s “Repair Café Carbon Calculator” is previewed at the UK’s first Repair Café Conference today

March 12. 2020.  Farnham, Surrey, UK. The UK’s first Repair Café Conference – held today and organised by The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – sees a preview of a first, an online “Repair Café Carbon Calculator”, and a demonstration of 3D printing for spare parts as used by Farnham Repair Café (FRC).

This is the first time the calculator https://repaircafes.carboncalculator.sp-consulting.online/index.php/es-calc/ has been previewed in public ahead of its official launch on 31st March. Also on 31st March, a new FRC website will be launched at https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/

The conference – https://cfsd.org.uk/events/repair-cafes-conference  –  at UCA, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS – discusses new research on global repair café and visitors’ behaviour, new innovations, and sharing best practice on issues related to running repair cafes and the repair of electronics, textiles, mechanicals, furniture and bicycles.

Delegates include representatives from repair cafés, local authorities, green organisations and academia.

The calculator rapidly calculates, via any given weight or number of repaired products, how much CO2 is potentially saved. It takes into account variables including average transport emissions to and from the repair café, spare parts use, rebound consumption and the savings made by reducing the total sum of greenhouse gases that would have been released by manufacturing new products, had these products not been successfully repaired by repair cafés in the UK.

It will be available from 31st March for use by repair cafés and any other organisations and individuals anywhere in the world, free of charge.

The calculator is the result of collaboration between FRC trustee and volunteer Steve Privett and UCA’s Professor Martin Charter, Director, CfSD and Chair of the Board of Trustees of FRC. The project has been funded by UCA as a result of an award from Research England.

Professor Martin Charter

Professor Martin Charter

In the beginning…

“There wasn’t a specific ‘eureka, who was keen to make it accessible by anyone with an internet connection. The idea evolved from there into the calculator we see today. At its core is a sound methodology based on information and data from Farnham Repair Café and other repair cafés in the UK.”

The information and data were used by Privett in his dissertation on “Potential impact of UK Repair Cafés on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions” for his masters degree in sustainable development at the University of Surrey, where he gained a distinction in his masters degree thesis.

Says Professor Charter, “Research on the social impacts of repair café has been highlighted in the media and on social media, but very little about their potential ability to mitigate CO2 emissions has been published. The calculator should help change that and give more accurate estimations of CO2 saved.

“It’s also an excellent example of how the circular economy – repairing products, example – can reduce the impact of climate change by helping to reduce CO2 emissions.”

Privett comments, “Prior to the preview on 12th March, the methodology that the calculator is based on has seen international interest from repair cafés, academics, research students and repair organisations.”

3D printing

About the 3D printing demonstration at the conference, Privett says, “3D printing has the ability to revolutionise how repair cafés can further lower CO2 emissions and landfill by being able to repair a wider range of goods, thereby reducing the need to ‘buy new’. Products repaired at FRC using 3D printing have included an antique style lamp, mechanical toys, torches and  custom appliance fittings, and promotional keyrings have been produced for FRC.”

A user of FRC, local resident Desi Lyon, says, “Waste of resources is a huge global problem and we no longer bring our children up in a culture of looking after things and repairing them. Not only does Farnham Repair Café offer knowledgeable and helpful engineers and other experts to fix broken items, but its very existence makes me hopeful that communities and individuals can have the power to change national policies and effect change.”

FRC is open on every second Saturday of the month between 10am – 1pm, when it provides advice on, and repair of, many kinds of products, from vacuum cleaners, headphones and lights, to hats, jackets, pushchairs and bicycles.  Address: FRC, The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU.

Founded in 2015, FRC, a UK-registered repair café charity, is a collaborative project between UCA, CfSD at UCA, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK.  It is part of the global Repair Café movement of over 2000, led by The Repair Café International Foundation – founded in the Netherlands in 2011; the number of repair cafés in the UK has doubled over the last year to more than 125.

Says Professor Charter, “Our repairers are highly skilled and do a brilliant job. To date we have organised 58 sessions and had 3,000 visitors to Farnham Repair Café since launch. There have been almost 1300 repairs at a 65 percent repair rate with over 3.7 tonnes being diverted from landfill, and we have reduced CO2 by 32.4 tonnes, and seen over £91,000 saved by repairing instead of buying new.”

More about FRC: https://cfsd.org.uk/events/farnham_repair_cafe/ and CfSD: https://cfsd.org.uk

For more information  contact Martin Charter mcharter@uca.ac.uk

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Vismo Global Tracking Solutions to demonstrate the new Vismo 2 app at Global Security Exchange [GSX] Exhibition, Las Vegas, September 23-27, 2018

Vismo 2 – designed for use on smartphones and satellite phones – takes global tracking of at-risk employees and other individuals to a whole new level

September 14th 2018. York, UK. Vismo Global Tracking Solutions will demonstrate the new Vismo 2 – a much enhanced version of the original Vismo GPS Tracking App, used by many Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, and NGOs, around the world – at Global Security Exchange [GSX] Exhibition, Las Vegas [September 23-27, 2018].

“Vismo 2 makes deep use of advances in monitoring and mass notification technology to provide user organisations with robust, additional layers of security, making it a major step up from our original app,” says Colin Dale, VP, Business Development for Vismo.

Vismo has entered Vismo 2 for a GSX Innovative Product Award. GSX is one of the largest security shows in the world. With more than 22,000 attendees from 100+ different countries, the exhibition has a significant impact in the security industry and among business and NGO users of security products and services.

What’s different about Vismo 2

Vismo Incident Management System [VIMS] allows security teams to identify Vismo 2 users – typically at-risk employees or other individuals – quickly either before an incident poses a threat or is a direct threat to them. After automatically locating the users, VIMS prompts the teams to immediately help them with assigned and definable tasks.

Also new is Vismo Mass Notification Service, VMNS, a feature that can be used with VIMS. VMNS allows Vismo 2 users to be asked for their safety status via multiple communication methods including text, email, text to voice and in-app.

All responses are collated by defined severity levels. Tasks are then automatically assigned to security staff.

Dashboards

Another introduction to Vismo 2 is the ability for a user organisation’s security team to create individual dashboards and assign personnel to them where appropriate. For example, a company or NGO security team can create a dashboard for the US or UK, Europe, Middle East or Far East, etc, and see where personnel are located in one or more of them. Vismo 2 also pulls live incident feeds into the system, where security teams can view and analyse them to see if app users are in possible or real danger and if they need help.

Advanced mapping options

VismoMessaging - London Bridge, fictional image September 2018

Vismo 2 also introduces advanced mapping options, which allow the teams to view different map, for example: satellite view, terrain and open street view. Map layering allows team members to layer points of interest such as severe weather, airport delays and terrorism.

The layering feature also enables teams to see where app users are and contact them when live incident feeds come through. This feature works alongside the geo-fencing capability found in the original Vismo App.

Key advantage

“The key advantage of Vismo 2 is its ability to give user organisations’ security teams a ‘bigger’ and much more detailed picture in real time of risks posed to their employees or other individuals on their system,” says Dale.

“That advantage is supported by automatic escalation of tasks. Together with our VismoStream, which gives live video and audio stream when the app’s panic button is activated, it gives teams a clearer understanding of any potential or existing situation – and the ability to respond more quickly and appropriately.”

VismoStream and Vismo’s panic button were showcased at ASIS 2017 and 2016 exhibitions. At ASIS last year VismoStream was chosen as the Security’s Best Winner of the 2017 ASIS Accolades.

The Vismo team welcomes GSX attendees to booth #1634, where they can trial Vismo 2 for themselves.

For more information on Vismo 2 or any enquiries, please contact enquiries@vismo.com or contact us on +44 (0) 1904 616666 or +1 866 815 9128.

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo
m: +44 7566 610610 | t: +44 1904 616707
e: colindale@vismo.com | w: http://www.vismo.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
T: +44 1403 711177 e: paul@western-pr.com

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Vismo and Elite Security of Russia sign collaboration agreement ahead of the FIFA World Cup

June 5th 2018. York. Vismo Global Tracking Solutions, which has a presence in Russia, and Elite Security, headquartered in Moscow, have signed a collaboration agreement to enhance response times to any client request for help, ahead of the FIFA World Cup this summer.

Colin Dale, VP, Business Development for Vismo, says “We have partnered with Elite Security because of the potential difficulties of rapid response in Russia, where games will be spread over a very large geographic area. Our collaboration addresses that issue by enabling the fastest possible response to users of the Vismo App – national and global media companies covering the matches, corporate event sponsors, VIP attendees, football team members and fans – should they find themselves in a situation of duress.

“Elite Security has one of the broadest and deepest coverage of any security company in Russia and can therefore deploy its support services, including its Elite Security Emergency Response Service, at short notice in practically any area of this massive geographic region. That’s a great help to Vismo.

“Elite’s offerings, reinforced by Vismo’s one-touch panic button on the Vismo App, gives our clients additional peace of mind that they will get a fast, responsive quality service at any of the World Cup venues”.

Dmitry Budanov, CEO of Elite Security, comments, “The Elite Security Emergency Response Service is a 24/7 multi-channel English speaking hotline and deployable Security Response Team. This service offers round the clock protection when clients and their staff require assistance as a result of crime, threats, traffic incidents or problems with the local authorities.

“A core and integral part of our Emergency Response Service is our Rapid Response Unit, staffed by teams made up of highly trained, discreet security specialists who are available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

“The partnership with Vismo allows a Rapid Response Team to be dispatched with one touch of the Vismo panic button without the need for a direct call, saving valuable time and therefore helping us and Vismo to optimise any response.”

Says Dale, “With matches being spread across 11 widely dispersed host cities, security is a very real concern, as highlighted on a UK government website, where the spiking of drinks leading to robbery, violence and abuse is one concern.”

Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo

Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo

The Vismo App was used successfully to monitor teams, coaching staff, media organisations and corporate VIPs at similar events, such as the London 2012 Olympics and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and helps companies and NGOs in high risk areas of the world.

About Vismo Global Tracking Solutions and the Vismo App

Vismo Global Tracking Solutions was established in York, UK, in 2012 and offers the Vismo App, a patented and ASIS Accolade Award-winning global tracking solution, designed to locate individuals anywhere in the world. The app is installed on users’ smartphones, tablets, personal GPS trackers, satellite trackers or satellite phones and provides true global coverage. With active users in over 190 countries, the Vismo App is a proven and scalable global tracking solution that helps organisations ensure their employees’ safety.

The app is used by many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector, as a duty of care towards their employees. More at vismo.com

About Elite Security

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Moscow, Elite Security operates through six subdivisions and more than 25 representative offices. The company’s services range from standard guarding and rapid response to corporate investigations and are delivered from offices located across an area stretching from London to The Russian Far East.

Elite Security is one of the few major shareholder managed security companies that operates across Russia, Europe and the CIS. With an active presence at the Association of European Businesses, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce as well as security associations such as ASIS, Sphere, ACFE, Intellect and SIA – among others – Elite Security continually seeks to utilise the latest practices and technologies within the security industry. More at eshc.com

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Note to the media: for further information please contact

Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo
m: +44 7566 610610 | t: +44 1904 616707
e: colindale@vismo.com | w: http://www.vismo.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
T: +44 1403 711177 e: paul@western-pr.com

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – addressing security concerns in Russia: Vismo announces its Mass Notification Service (VMNS), designed to keep Vismo App users safer by verifying their location and status through the use of multi-communication platforms – and enabling direct help for users during the World Cup

May 4th 2018. York, UK. Vismo – global tracking specialist and multiple winner of ASIS Accolades for enhancements to the Vismo App – has launched its Mass Notification Service “VismoMessaging”, designed to keep app users safer at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia [14th June – 15th July 2018] and elsewhere globally.

VismoMessaging achieves this by verifying users’ location and safety status via the app and through the use of multi-communication platforms – SMS, email, voice, in-app push notification and text-to-voice automated phone calls.

App users can then be given safety advice, while security teams liaise with emergency and rescue services as necessary.

Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo, says “Although Vismo has designed VismoMessaging for use anywhere globally, our main focus at present is security during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where Vismo has had an office since 2013. The World Cup is proving to be a major concern for corporate event sponsors, VIP attendees, the media companies providing coverage of the event, and football teams.

“With matches being spread across 11 widely dispersed host cities, security is a very real concern, as highlighted on a UK government website, where the spiking of drinks leading to robbery, violence and abuse is one concern. Another UK government website highlights the risk of terrorist incidents in Russia in relation to a global event such as the World Cup.”

Dale continues, “The threat of terrorism is high following attacks in recent years resulting in several deaths in the St Petersburg Metro and 37 deaths at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.

“Airlines have been targeted with the downing of a flight from Sharm el Sheik to St Petersburg in October 2015, which was caused by an explosive device on board the plane, according to Russian authorities.”

VismoMessaging - example of a response to an incident in Moscow. [Fictional]. Red = unsafe, orange = unsure, green = safe

Example of a response in Moscow

Dale points out, “All this presents significant difficulty for security teams locating individuals and providing immediate assistance and advice should an incident occur.”

The Vismo App was used successfully to monitor teams, coaching staff, media organisations and corporate VIPs at similar events, such as the London 2012 Olympics and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, as well as helping companies and NGOs in high risk areas of the world. Vismo is therefore well placed to work with the Russian and other authorities to address and reduce risks.

What Vismo can do at the World Cup

* Geo-fence. This feature allows Vismo account administrators to create geo-fences, which can be configured to notify key security personnel when Vismo App users move in or out of a stadium or area designated as high risk, and is an invaluable aide to managing security risks.
* Locate individuals with great accuracy. In the event of an incident occurring at one of the venues, security teams may instantly locate all app users in the affected area and can confirm their situation [e.g. safe, in danger, being held by a third party] through the use of multi-communication platforms; SMS, email, in-app push notification and text-to-voice automated phone calls.
* Enable the transmission of real time audio and video streams from the app user’s phone to a security team whenever the app’s panic button is pressed – and two-way communication by SMS, email and voice between the user and team. In that communication, advice can be given to the user on how to reduce risk, and the user can be told if necessary that direct help, including evacuation or other form of rescue if necessary, is at hand.
* Allow app users to easily confirm responses to definable questions using preconfigured statement answers, with multimodal transmission enabling ease of communication. This is a security step to ensure the person in contact with a security team is the genuine, registered app user.

VismoMessaging uses an easy-to-navigate, email-like format to enable administrators to rapidly identify Vismo App users en masse, in groups or individually, and send them messages and receive responses that may be critical in a troublesome situation.

Vismo has the ability to filter users whose device is below a specified battery level threshold. The advantage of the filter is that it highlights those app users who might need a prompt by security teams to charge their phone as soon as possible to prevent any loss of service involving the app and VismoMessaging.

Own patented technology

“Vismo uses its own patented technology to increase the accuracy of GPS locations, whilst simultaneously minimising the impact on the device’s battery life and data usage,” says Dale. “These two benefits could be critically important for giving advice or for a rescue or evacuation. Along with the new VismoMessaging they provide a powerful anti crime solution that will be in operation before, during and immediately after the World Cup.” More at vismo.com

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GymPlay announces GymPlay Spring Boards as practical, fun-to-use keep fit and gymnastics aids for beginners and young children

– Designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club

January 18th 2018,  Wakefield.  GymPlay, the British designer and manufacturer of sports and fitness products, has announced GymPlay Spring Boards as practical, fun-to-use keep fit and gymnastics aids for beginners and young children.

Dispensing with the need for traditional chalk markings, and very competitively priced, “The spring boards take training equipment to the next level with their design, including where to jump from, a ‘no jump’ zone, spotting line and the optimal point of contact,” says Neal Spencer, GymPlay Managing Director.

He adds, “Together, these features encourage consistent training practice and creative training methods.”

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Designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club, GymPlay training aids and equipment are tailored to the needs and requirements of gymnasts at different levels of the sport.

The foam-based spring boards, measuring 80 x 50 x 20 cm, have a PVC cover that includes fun shark and alien imagery that is intended to be jumped over.  More information at http://www.gym-play.co.uk

Craig Richardson, Head Coach at Pennine Gymnastics Club says, “Working with GymPlay gave us the opportunity to co-design better, more practical equipment. The whole GymPlay range is of an exceptional quality and we couldn’t be happier with how much it has boosted performance among members”.

About GymPlay

Established in 1973 and headquartered in Wakefield, Yorkshire, GymPlay is the newest member of the GNG Group plc – a leading foam converter and manufacturer of quality, innovative foam-based products with over 40 years’ experience crafting sports equipment on site at its Yorkshire HQ.

GymPlay works closely with leading sports brands and figures to create training aids and safety equipment of the highest quality and at the highest level, including manufacturing the Rugby Training equipment for the British & Irish Lions for the past 20 years.

Championed by Gymnasts

As described above, designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club, GymPlay training aids and equipment are tailored to the needs and requirements of gymnasts at different levels of the sport.

Craig Richardson, ex-professional gymnast and British Gymnastics coach and judge, also says of GymPlay products, “GymPlay delivers innovative designs and high quality gymnastics products. The equipment we’ve got now is really fantastic.”

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VismoStream voted a “Security’s Best” at ASIS International – as its developer, Vismo Global Tracking Solutions gains ISO 27001 certification

October 27th 2017. York, UK. VismoStream, which sends live, covert audio and video from a user’s smartphone when the Vismo app’s panic button is activated, has been voted a winner of 2017 ASIS Accolades Security’s Best competition, which recognises the industry’s most innovative new technologies, products, services and solutions.

Developed in the UK by Vismo Global Tracking Solutions, VismoStream was unveiled at the ASIS International Exhibition, September 25-28th, Dallas, Texas. This is the second year running that Vismo has won an ASIS Security’s Best accolade.

Vismo Global Tracking Solutions also announces that it has gained ISO 27001 certification, meaning that every responsibility and business process in the company conforms to what is the global gold standard in information security management. Gaining the certification is one of a number of steps that Vismo has taken to optimally safeguard all data and information generated by the app and its users.

VismoStream

“VismoStream is a breakthrough enhancement for the established Vismo app, which is used by many Fortune 500 and FTSE companies – and NGOs and news agencies in regional hotspots,” says Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo Global Tracking Solutions. The company has trademarked the VismoStream name globally.

“VismoStream is a leap forward in the tracking space because until now apps like Vismo have sent only covert audio recordings,” Dale adds..

“Now, Vismo securely transmits both audio and video streams, via the internet connection the device is using – mobile or Wi-Fi – to Vismo Global Tracking Solutions’ servers. There they are viewed in real time before being sent to personnel at control centres for further analysis, if required, and action to help the user.”

The action includes (i) giving advice, by SMS and email alerts, to the user, to help optimise their safety (ii) sharing critical information with emergency and security services – and escalating it to intelligence services where appropriate.

Crisis management

VideoStream is designed to enhance crisis management and be used when the Vismo app user encounters a dangerous, potentially dangerous or uncertain situation. It integrates seamlessly with the app’s existing location data, the accuracy of which is enhanced by Vismo’s patented technology, announced in February 2016.  The 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.

Behind the scenes the Vismo app uses industry standard encryption to ensure that VismoStream’s video streams are secure throughout transit. All streams – audio and video – are received and stored on the Vismo cloud platform, which allows them to be listened to or viewed any number of times, at any time, by control centre personnel [and intelligence services where necessary].

ASIS International is where VismoStream was given its first public viewing. It will be launched officially next month, November, in the UK and North America, but is available now. More at vismo.com  Its launch comes after the announcement in July 2017 of the Vismo Timed Check-In function, which improves the safety of lone workers by allowing them to allocate a timer which automatically triggers an alert if they don’t explicitly cancel it.

Key features of VismoStream

– Enables simple and immediate activation of video from the user’s smartphone

– Automatic bit rate adjustment means that VismoStream can work in even in areas of poor mobile coverage [or very slow broadband speed via slow Wi-Fi]

– Enables real time situational awareness and intelligence gathering by control centres, for a faster and more effective response

– Works on demand or in parallel with the app’s panic button

– Includes secure storage of videos for later viewing

– Operates globally on mobile and Wi-Fi networks

– Is compatible with iOS and Android devices

About Vismo Global Tracking Solutions

Established in York, UK, in 2012, Vismo is a patented and ASIS Accolade Award-Winning Global Tracking Solution designed to locate individuals around the world using an application installed on their smartphone, tablet, personal GPS trackers, satellite trackers or satellite phones. With active users in over 190 countries, Vismo is a proven and scalable Global Tracking Solution that organisations are increasingly turning to as a method of ensuring their employees stay safe.

In October 2017 Vismo Global Tracking Solutions gained ISO 27001 certification, the global gold standard in information security management.

The Vismo app is used by many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, NGO agencies and a growing number of SMEs and organisations in the public sector, as a duty of care towards their employees.

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Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Colin Dale, Business Development Director, Vismo

m: +44 7566 610610 | t: +44 1904 616707 |

e: colindale@vismo.com | w: www.vismo.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

T: +44 1403 711177 e: paul@western-pr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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