Lower costs don’t mean substandard protection. There are ways in which you can save money on your lone-worker solution and still keep your lone workers safe.
1. Use an app
Many lone-worker systems out there will give you the option of devices or apps. It’s common to think that just because you’re using something so readily available and simple as your phone as a safety device, that it’ll not be up to scratch when it matters, but this is not the case.
The GPS chipset in a modern-day smartphone is more advanced and sophisticated than what you’ll find in a device. Plus, you’re using hardware you already have, whether it’s your worker’s own phone or a business phone. That means you’re not paying for each device, which comes at an extra cost when searching for a lone-worker solution.
If you think that your workers might need a way to raise an alarm without using their phone, our PG Smart App pairs with our Bluetooth trigger device, the PG Click, which has a battery life of at least 12 months and is small enough to tuck behind a lanyard or keep on a key fob.
2. Bring your monitoring in-house
If your company has the resources in-house, swap from paying for an external monitoring company to monitor your loan worker solutions and work with the facilities you have. Any lone-worker solution you consider should be able to integrate with your existing systems and work with your team to make sure they’re up to speed with how it fits together.
As well as saving costs, this comes with other benefits too. For example, if you have a CCTV centre, you might have local links to people who can provide more background information on what the situation is and what response might be best.
That said, if you don’t have these facilities, a BS8484 accredited monitoring centre provided by a lone worker solution gives you the peace of mind that someone is always going to be there to respond if your employees need help.
3. Choose the right provider
Both of these options require flexibility and good integration and training options from your provider. When looking into your lone worker solution, ask yourself:
- What are the device and app options?
- Do they offer monitored and self-monitored solutions?
- How will they integrate with my existing facilities or systems?
If you’d like to find out more about how we help with all of the above, book a quick call with our team to find out how we can support your organisation.