Homeless charity Signposts launch mobile app to protect vulnerable lone workers

Homeless charity Signposts, who provide temporary accommodation and support services to 16-65 year olds in Luton and Dunstable, have launched the StaySafe smartphone app and surrounding cloud based monitoring service to protect their lone workers.

The staff at Signposts offer 24 hour support to vulnerable and sometimes high risk individuals so the charity felt they needed a way to accurately monitor and protect their employees while they work in the community. After a review of the market Signposts decided to roll out StaySafe across the business.

The British Standard BS8484 accredited StaySafe app, which works on both smartphones and tablets, tracks employee location via GPS and sends alerts if they do not check-in within a specified time. Signposts can keep track of employees’ whereabouts using the StaySafe online Hub which accurately locates workers on a map and provides real-time updates on their GPS location.

If an employee activates the app’s panic button or fails to check in, alerts are automatically triggered and are responded to by Securitas. Securitas are one of StaySafe’s official partners who offer optional 24/7 outsourced monitoring and response services to StaySafe clients. 

Emma Jones, Project Support Manager at Signposts explains why they chose StaySafe; “Our employees can work unsocial hours and we are rarely office based so we needed a safety device that would fit in to our hectic and varied schedules. I was really impressed with how easy the app was to use and I thought it was great value. The app has been well utilised by our employees and having our alerts monitored by Securitas gives us added peace of mind”.

Don Cameron, CEO, StaySafe adds “StaySafe is great for community based organisations like Signposts because the app has been designed to adapt to variable working patterns. For example, Signposts utilise our check-in feature, where employees are required to check-in at set intervals specified by their employer. This is great for monitoring employees who have very fast paced or unpredictable working patterns where a traditional set-timed session is too restrictive”.


Notes to editors

About StaySafe StaySafe Business provides personal protection for lone working employees and enables employers to meet their duty of care. Our easy to use smartphone app tracks location in real-time enabling lone workers to check-in safely after working and request immediate assistance if necessary. The online Hub receives alerts and provides detailed location mapping for employers. The app offers unrivalled functionality including a panic button, working session expiry, low battery warning, GPS tracking, inactivity and duress alerts. StaySafe is in use globally across three continents and across a wide range of sectors. For more information visit http://www.staysafeapp.com/staysafe-business

About Signposts Signposts are dedicated to helping the homeless in Luton and Dunstable to start over. We provide temporary accommodation and support services in preparation for independent living. For more information visit http://www.signpostsso.com/p/signposts-so.html