Ian Walker
Pictured is Ian Walker, one of the directors of Fifteen Group, which has created an app to keep lone workers safe.

Stoke-on-Trent IT specialist develops innovative app to protect lone workers 

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A Staffordshire IT and technology company has launched a brand-new app to help keep lone workers safe. 

Fifteen Group has tapped into the fact many more people are doing their jobs alone at home, in the office, on-site or remotely following work pattern changes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Lone Workers Smart Safety App, delivered in partnership with MisentinelSOS, has been designed to help protect the wellbeing of staff and provide them with peace of mind. 

It connects to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) which is staffed by a specialist team who can provide quick and reliable help in case of an emergency or a potential threat. 

User friendly and intuitive, it provides staff with easy access through all digital access and platforms. Features include location tracking using real time GPS; panic, falls and shake alerts and clock in/out sessions. 

Users can also access an incident timeline feature – where detail is recorded and logged for data protection and reporting; two-way communication via text/audio and video with the ARC and automated and time safety check calls via notification reminders.  

Customers are also provided with a web-based portal which gives them access to the relevant information.  

Based on Parkhall Industrial Estate, near Longton, Fifteen Group employs 44 staff, including 10-field based engineers and four directors and deliver a range of services to customers across the UK and Ireland, 

Ian Walker, one of the directors who has overseen the development of the app, said: “Working patterns have certainly changed since the pandemic and we know that as a result more people are working alone. Being in an office on your own or going out to a job alone can leave people feeling vulnerable.  

“We wanted to develop software that would essentially give lone workers peace of mind, and through our partnership with MiSentinelSOS we’ve achieved that. 

He explained: “The app is intuitive, easy to use and will play a critical role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of people who work alone.  

“We hope that by using the app staff feel like they have an added sense of security because a support system has been put in place to help keep them safe.” 

Fifteen Group who have been trading since 2006 are a technology solutions provider and provide services including telecommunications, IT, fire and security and software development. 

Nigel Pye

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