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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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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 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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