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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’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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