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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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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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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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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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Vismo’s panic alert button on the Apple Watch can now be operated remotely without having to key in a security code

October 2nd 2015. Vismo has enhanced its people tracking app [available on the Apple Store for iOS7 and iOS8] for the Apple Watch by enabling users to remotely operate the panic alert button without having to key in their security code.

The app is purchased by individuals – and by businesses as a “duty of care” precaution for staff working in hazardous or high risk environments, ranging from potentially dangerous work environments to areas where civil wars or terrorist incidents pose a threat to life and limb, and wherever kidnapping is a possibility.

“Users have been asking for this improvement because it can save valuable time. We have responded,” says Colin Dale, Business Development Director, Vismo Global Tracking Solutions. “Remote operation overcomes the issues of having to unlock the device to activate the panic button or accidentally setting off false alarms when using a ‘shake to panic’ type of activation.”

Dale adds, “Vismo will continue to offer its security code enabled ‘standalone’ panic button for those users who keep their Panerei or Rolex on their wrist. We always recommend users install that button in the dock of their iPhone for ease of access.”

The Vismo app also works on the iPad/iPhone as well as BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 devices, standalone trackers and the Iridium satellite tracking phone [Iridium Extreme handset], RockSTAR and Thuraya satellite tracking devices.

When activated by its panic button, the app instantly alerts a security centre and automatically sends covert audio recordings from a phone/iPad/Apple Watch in real time to the centre. It asks the sender to report what the problem is or, if it already knows, the centre will give advice to the user including where to go to that is safer and what else to do.

It will also advise when emergency services will respond. During an incident, the app user will typically be in two way communication, usually but not always via text, with a security centre.

Businesses can track and give advice to their staff via a secure website.

Vismo app users have been given advice or helped directly in a number of terrorist and kidnap related incidents, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Paris [during the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the related supermarket hostages situation in January 2015], and Tunisia, during the beach and hotel shootings in June 2015.

More at vismo.com and http://www.vismo.com/blog/new-vismo-apple-watch-panic-alert/

iPad and iPhone links: http://www.vismo.com/products/ipad and
http://www.vismo.com/products/iphone

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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: http://www.vismo.com

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

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