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Safe Shores Monitoring have enjoyed a year of awarded success with their new Companion app and Ally: Bluetooth Button

Shortlisted and awarded for three separate awards over 2019, across multiple sectors, the staff safety solution has been praised for its innovative approach to health and safety.

The app was launched earlier in the year as part of an £800,000 investment into the business.

The first award of the year was for Innovation of Year for Security at the prestigious Safety & Health Excellence Awards 2019. We were delighted as more than 200 entries were received for the 2019 Awards across the 10 Categories.

Companion is unique because it contains advanced risk management features and multiple connectivity fail-safes to ensure that the lone worker status is always known.

A notable feature in our award submission was our advanced ‘’man-down’’ which provides optional detection for use within both confined spaces and working at heights. Using advanced algorithms to validate genuine situations of jeopardy, Companion utilities devices sensor data such as Impact, Tilt and Inactivity.

With slips, trips and falls being the leading cause of injuries within the workplace this innovative approach distinguishes what will most likely be a genuine fall, greatly reducing the number of false alarms, and bringing trust to the app from lone workers, and their responders.

We were honoured and proud to have been shortlisted for the Security & Health Excellence Award.

We also submitted for awards across key sectors in which we currently protect lone workers, this included Housing and Retail.

We were delighted to have been shortlisted for Retail Risks 2019 Fraud Awards for Most Innovative Physical Solution, within this category the judges were looking for innovative approaches to an existing, tried and tested solution.

As a supplier of the Companion App to retailers we understood that retail employees often find themselves on the receiving end of abuse from disgruntled customers when dealing with complaints, shoplifting, and when refusing to sell alcohol.

In times like these discretion is key. If dangerous circumstances prevent the lone worker from speaking, they may still indicate they need help, Companion has a screen-lock override button to subtly alert our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

For added discretion and convenience, end users can raise an alarm while operating at a distance of 100ft from any Companion-enabled smartphone using the Ally Bluetooth Button, and this can also be configured to alarm silently without alerting anyone nearby.

The discreet and lightweight Ally bluetooth button comes with an adhesive backing allowing it to be attached to nearly anything, giving individuals and businesses opportunities for SOS buttons located in areas around warehouses or under office desks; along with wearable options including on lanyards, ID cards, or key chains. Ally provides a flexible lone worker security solution in a diverse world of work.

The awards event was held in Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium, and we were over the moon that we won the award on the night with B&Q’s security solution being the Highly Commended runner up.

The very following day was the 24Housing Awards 2019 which we had submitted for the Innovation of the Year category. We were notified that we had been selected as finalists, and moreover we were the only lone worker solutions provider to have been shortlisted within the category.

We were delighted to have been among so many so many respected Housing Trusts and organisations and though we didn’t win the award, our Companion App is always improving with each update and so we are looking forward to more award wins in 2020.

Well done to everyone who won an award or was shortlisted across the three awards – it is always great to see innovation such as our Companion App flourishing in the security, retail and housing sectors.

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