To continue on our exciting streak of early 2014 announcements, including the new enterprise mobile safety video, a white paper that should be read by any corporate security administrator interested in the Emerging Landscape of Mobile & Cloud Technologies in Corporate Security, and Guardly now providing mobile safety solutions for the Oil, Gas & Mining industry, we’re excited to announce that Guardly is now powering mobile safety solutions for retail stores & shopping malls.
The Retail Problems Guardly Solves
During a lengthy discovery process we undertook to pinpoint the top mobile safety concerns faced by retail security & safety officials on a daily basis, we narrowed it down to 6 main business problems that Guardly is now solving for retail store & shopping mall environments:
- Increasing employee retention & engagement levels.
- Keeping employees, customers, and physical assets safer.
- An increased volume of incident reports & data in order to justify more departmental resources.
- The necessary tools to help you show increased diligence to lower insurance premiums.
- Budget optimization: A single, end-to-end mobile safety solution that will cut costs and boost your company’s bottom line.
- Do more with less: streamlined incident response, management and reporting so you can reallocate resources more efficiently.
Retail & Shopping Mall Use Cases
- A retail employee being assaulted by a customer or another employee can send an alert and be located immediately – even within buildings.
- An employee spotting a shoplifter can alert security discreetly along with any identifying photos.
- A shopping mall facing an active shooter situation that demands immediate evacuation (such as the Toronto Eaton Centre shooting of 2012) can send out instant mass evacuation notifications to employees within customized geo-targeted areas of the mall.
- If you’re faced with an emergency situation in one retail location, use Guardly’s Mobile Mass Notification System to notify security administrators and employees in other locations in a matter of seconds.
- A suspicious package can be reported by employees and located immediately indoors, giving the security operator more robust tools to effectively respond to the situation.
- An employee comes in early or leaves late at night that must walk through a parking lot or underground garage will feel safer with a personal safety system at their fingertips. If the employee triggers an emergency alert, they can be immediately located (even underground) using Guardly’s Indoor Positioning System.
Key Benefits of Guardly’s Retail Mobile Safety Solutions
Here is a list of key benefits you’ll enjoy using Guardly’s retail mobile safety solutions:
- Boost your company’s bottom line
- Enhance situational awareness and intelligence
- Locate employees in buildings with room-level accuracy using Guardly’s industry-first Indoor Positioning System
- Show employees you care about their personal safety
- Reduce incident response times
- Optimize incident management
- Send instant mass notifications to an unlimited number of employees or security personnel at no additional per-use charge
- Measure & analyze incidents better
- Increase operational efficiency using customized template notifications
- Protect your corporate brand
- Collect incident data to better understand vulnerabilities, and use that data to make better resource decisions
- Bonus for shopping mall security administrators: differentiate your mall’s security offering from other malls by offering Guardly’s employee safety solutions to your tenants as a value-added service to make their employees feel more safe on-premise.
- Bonus for retail chain security administrators: differentiate your retail chain’s security offering from other chains by offering Guardly’s employee safety solutions to your employees as a powerful protective measure to make them feel safer on-premise.
If you’ve ever used a traditional mass notification system, you’re familiar with the limitations: slow delivery times, international routing issues, and inaccurate location targeting, to name a few.
Join us today (Friday, February 21 @ 1pm EST / 10am PST) for a complimentary webinar, The 7 Issues Plaguing Traditional Mass Notification (And How To Overcome Them) as we show you how each of the 7 issues can be solved using a mobile mass notification system.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- How smartphones & real-time technologies are rapidly transforming traditional mass notification.
- Different economic models of implementing systems and delivering mass notifications.
- How Mobile Mass Notification can now be used with an Indoor Positioning System to locate a specific group of people within a building.
If you’re using or considering using a Mass Notification System, make sure to be there, you definitely don’t want to miss out on these important tips!
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Friday, February 21st, 2014
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Mobile technologies are creating seismic industrial shifts – even in some of the most deeply entrenched traditional industries – at a pace that has “not been seen since the Industrial Revolution” says Simon Khalaf, CEO of Flurry Analytics.
We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Khalaf at Guardly, and in a new white paper being released today, we take his assessment one step further by analyzing the industrial transformation caused by both mobile and cloud technologies, and then take a deeper look into how these technologies are improving existing corporate security practices.
Mobile technologies have a substantial track record of completely uprooting existing industries, leaving incumbent vendors scrambling, and rewarding those that innovate to embrace mobile. Convenience, simplicity, location and timesaving efficiencies are often at the core of mobile value propositions that transform industries.
Migration of data and services into the cloud is reshaping the physical security industry by (1) shifting upfront capital expenditures to recurring subscription fees for cloud services, (2) hosting applications with third-party service providers that were once confined to on-premise servers, and (3) security data archives once residing within on-premise storage devices now reside in service-provider data storage in the cloud.
Industry-leading organizations that fail to keep up with technological advancements are becoming obsolete, while the enterprises that embrace these powerful tools and make them part of their corporate culture, will continue to benefit from all the efficiencies and cost savings provided by mobility and the cloud moving forward, and will outperform their counterparts in more technologically-stagnant organizations.
This white paper analyzes the ways in which mobile and cloud-based technology solutions can augment and improve upon existing corporate security functions in a global context.
Funding and Customer Wins Underscore Importance of Mobile and Cloud Platform to Future of Enterprise Security
Toronto, Canada – January 29, 2014 – Guardly, a leading provider of enterprise-grade mobile safety solutions, has raised $1.45 million in seed financing to expand on its recent success delivering real-time mobile and cloud-based employee safety solutions to enterprise organizations.
The new funds will be used to further accelerate product innovation and to support a growing sales and customer success team. The financing was led by San Francisco-based Freestyle Capital, with participation from Golden Venture Partners and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. To date, Guardly’s solutions have been licensed by enterprise clients for use by over 430,000 end users such as employees or students that its clients have a duty to safeguard.
Employee safety is currently a top priority for most corporate security and environmental health and safety (EHS) leaders – this includes safety in the workplace, in remote areas, and while travelling internationally. Guardly’s mobile safety solutions are often sought out by its clients to help mitigate organizational risks associated with workplace violence, remote worker safety and corporate travel safety. To ensure Guardly’s mobile safety apps are effective in as many situations as possible, the company has captured and analyzed over 2 million (non-personally identifiable) data points on how its mobile apps are used in over 4,500 real-world situations and simulations. Guardly has also taken careful measures to ensure end-to-end security of all user data, and to address privacy concerns over employee location tracking and data access.
“Recent success at Guardly has been driven by our commitment to delivering mobile safety solutions that are first-to-market and that outperform alternatives by orders of magnitude – 10X improvements or greater – with key initial emphases placed on emergency alert origination capabilities, location tracking accuracy and incident response efficiency,” said Josh Sookman, Guardly CEO.
Guardly has placed specific focus on these areas to improve upon many of the functional issues and risks that legacy technology solutions pose on their users and customers, such as:
- Not having any mobile device capable of two-way crisis communication and notification
- The need to charge and carry secondary devices to initiate emergency alerts
- Having to seek out fixed emergency help points when time is of the essence
- Inaccurate or non-existent GPS or indoor location data
- Location data being provided to security operations too late
- Significant delays with third-party managed services reporting incidents to corporate security
The most innovative security leaders have already deployed security measures with mobile and cloud-based components. To help the larger majority of security leaders improve their understanding and education of these technologies, Guardly released a white paper entitled Emerging Landscape of Mobile and Cloud Technologies in Corporate Security (January 2014). The white paper provides technology definitions, outlines emerging trends and highlights innovative vendor solutions.
Learn more about Guardly’s enterprise mobile safety solutions in this new 2-minute video.
Guardly provides mobile safety and security solutions for enterprise organizations, campuses, and cities. Leveraging the latest cloud, mobile, indoor-positioning and real-time technologies, Guardly is radically improving traditional emergency notification, communication and management. With over 70% of all emergency calls now coming from mobile phones, more emergency response teams rely on Guardly’s modern infrastructure to better protect mobile employees. Guardly mobile security applications on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry act as personal emergency phones that broadcast GPS and indoor location, profile and identity, and support two-way communication with security operators and authorities. For Security Operations Centers (SOCs), Guardly provides an integrated platform for incident monitoring and response, helping security operators make faster and more effective decisions. For the 10% of emergency calls that are non-responsive, Guardly’s industry-first Indoor Positioning System (IPS) can transmit the building, floor and room location of an emergency caller to security operators and help them find these callers in minutes, not hours. Guardly’s Mobile Mass Notification System sends 500,000 geo-targeted notifications in seconds, utilizing unique messaging protocols for higher reliability, performance and interaction. To learn more about Guardly please visit https://www.guardly.com.
Last week, during the introduction of our new company video, we mentioned that a major part of the many exciting new announcements to come in 2014 was expansion into new markets.
This week, we’re proud to announce that Guardly’s mobile safety solutions are now available for use by oil, gas, and mining companies.
The Problems Guardly Solves
After working closely with several industry-leading corporate health & safety officials to uncover the top mobile safety concerns they face on a daily basis, these are the top 6 business problems that Guardly will be solving:
- More robust workforce protection than traditional safety solutions currently provide.
- A minimization of operational & compliance risks.
- An increased volume of incident reports & data that you need to justify more departmental resources.
- A single, end-to-end mobile safety solution that will cut costs and boost your company’s bottom line.
- More tools to help you show increased diligence to lower insurance premiums.
- Enhanced efficiency levels of risk management, resilience, and business continuity processes, without major budget strain.
Oil, Gas, and Mining Mobile Safety Use Cases
In addition to defining the business problems Guardly solves, we’ve also identified specific instances where Guardly’s mobile safety technologies can be utilized to optimize pre-existing operational procedures:
- An oil refinery facing a natural disaster such as a tornado or hurricane, and scattered field personnel need to be alerted and given procedural instructions as soon as possible.
- Miners that are trapped underground and need to be located can be found using Guardly’s industry-first Indoor Positioning System (IPS) technology.
- A gas pipeline bursts, and cleanup/repair crews must be alerted to take action immediately.
- A gold mine’s security operations unit in the middle of an asset theft situation need to alert field personnel on scene and coordinate with other parties.
- Executives traveling abroad to remote work sites that need personal mobile protection.
Key Benefits of Guardly’s Mobile Safety Solutions
Here is a list of key benefits you’ll enjoy using Guardly’s mobile safety solutions:
- Improve situational awareness and intelligence
- Locate employees underground & in buildings with room-level accuracy
- Send instant mass notifications to an unlimited number of field personnel
- Reduce incident response times
- Optimize incident management
- Measure & analyze incidents better
Today we’re excited to introduce our brand new company video.
Over the past few months we’ve been hard at work creating a compelling video that encompasses everything Guardly stands for - innovative technology, mobile security leadership, and first-class customer care.
We’re making it our mission in 2014 to exceed expectations in each of those areas.
2013 was a major year of growth for Guardly, led by the introduction of industry-first technologies like our Indoor Positioning System (IPS) and Mobile Mass Notification System (MMNS), and 2014 is shaping up to be an even bigger year, as we continue to augment our powerful mobile safety technologies, expand into new markets, and provide our customers with unrivalled customer care.
If you enjoyed our new video and believe that Guardly may fit in with your organization’s 2014 goals, you may schedule a more in-depth, no-risk 1-on-1 consultation here.
Workplace violence is a very real issue in almost every major industry, including high tech companies, universities and retail store chains. Thankfully, there is research being performed by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and Western University to counteract the issue.
The two groups are conducting a national survey to better understand the impacts of workplace violence arising from domestic issues. The survey will go deeper to also uncover how these workplace conflicts affect the broader workplace environment in addition to the affected workers.
Unions, employers and governments are expected to benefit from the results of the domestic violence in the workplace survey. In particular, Unions that have pushed hard for workplace violence legislation reforms to include stronger safeguards and protection measures may benefit.
Workplace Violence Costs Employers
Lise Martin, Executive Director of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses explained that domestic violence in the workplace has an economic cost of $85,000 per every 100 employees – and those are conservative estimates. Many of the costs relate to paid leave, legal/liability issues, mental health treatment and lost productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
Take The Domestic Violence Survey
You can do your part to help by filling out the online survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete, it’s anonymous and it’s available until June 6, 2014.
Guest Post: The following article was contributed by Dean Correia. Based in Toronto, Dean is an Emeritus Faculty member of the Security Executive Council. Dean has had a career in operations and corporate security in Canada spanning more than 20 years, holding senior leadership roles with global brands GAP, Starbucks Coffee, and Walmart. At both Walmart Canada and Starbucks Coffee, he played a key role in the creation, development, and implementation of violence avoidance, auditing, and investigative programs which reduced risk to people and delivered millions of dollars to the bottom line.
Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Ensure that your vehicle is fueled and well maintained. Keep your cell phone charged at all times. Park in a well-lit area of the mall. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. When shopping, protect your PIN. At home, secure presents in an obscure location. Use your deadbolt locks, lighting, and alarm accordingly. If you’re going away, ensure that family members do not publicize your absence on social media. Only tell those that need to know. Report suspicious activities, you never know who else in the neighbourhood has seen the same event.
Business owners – Does your schedule match the needs of your business? You should have at least 2 openers and 2 closers. The majority of robberies happen within the first and last 30 minutes of business. Change your cash handling and deposit practices to deal with the extra volume.
Taking a few prevention measures can help reduce the potential of becoming a victim and keep your holiday season joyous.
Within the self-sufficient model adhered to by most American institutions of higher learning, it falls on the university to replicate the basic health safety services otherwise provided by government, this is an integral part of the overall campus safety programs educational institutions normally provide.
Medical care is no exception.
Student health services are ubiquitous on campuses across the country. Many large universities have affiliated hospitals nearby, but even colleges, and universities without medical programs, are expected to provide some form of emergency care and/or transport.
Insurance policies protect schools from liability in all but cases of gross negligence, but effective medical emergency services are implicit in the basic trust any educational institution enters into with its students and their families.
Health Safety on Campus Varies Between Demographics
College and university students make up a highly specific subgroup of the general population. Medical conditions associated with more advanced age ranges are understandably sparse in the college setting, but the concentration of young people leads to much higher rates of other issues.
High levels of alcohol consumption and the various health problems it can lead to receive much of the media attention surrounding student health issues. Roughly four out of five college students consumes alcohol, 50% of which binge drink regularly (1). 600,000 students a year are badly injured in alcohol-related incidents, while 1,825 die from over-consumption or alcohol-induced accidents. An average four-year university with over 40,000 spends over $500,000 a year on alcohol-related medical costs alone.
Other, less-publicized issues can be just as troublesome. Suicides recently surpassed alcohol-related deaths as the leading cause of mortality in college students, with 6.48 suicides per 100,000 students annually. And 30% of college students display patterns associated with bulimia and anorexia, the most deadly mental health issue in America.
Dangerous illicit drug use has gone up as well among college students. Opioid use is 350% higher now than it was in 1993 (2). The use of tranquilizers, meanwhile, has gone up 450%. A new wave of popularity among amphetamine party drugs has led to recent high-publicized incidents, as well. In the fall 2013 semester, four New England college students overdosed on MDMA in a single week (3). Especially combined with alcohol, these drugs present distinct risks for students and complicated challenges for emergency response teams.
Addressing and Responding to Medical Emergency
Unfortunately, there is only so much a university can do from a top-down standpoint to impact campus culture.
Providing hotlines, support networks, information sessions, and educational resources remains the most effective measure schools can take to deal with their own unique set of medical emergency situations.
Some form of student responders service is available on most campuses, and access to these kinds of peer groups has been proven to increase student willingness to report a potential alcohol or drug related medical emergency.
For the same reasons, stricter disciplinary codes are generally discouraged by health experts, who say that weighing that the health safety of a friend against potential administrative punishment has led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths.
Amnesty programs like the one offered by the University of Texas – Austin, have been praised for encouraging students to use available emergency resources.
Shorter Response Time is Essential to Health Safety on Campus
In any medical emergency, but especially in the ones more likely to occur on a college campus than in other settings, response time is critical to successful care and treatment.
When substances are involved, the students calling in the emergency are likely to be under the influence as well. Getting responsible, informed responders to the scene in a timely fashion a drug or alcohol overdose can prevent fellow students from taking potentially harmful actions on their own.
Guardly’s emergency response technology has been shown in trials to reduce response time by 44% (4).
The ability to send and receive exact GPS location-based information, as well as detailed indoor floor plans, can help responders access a situation occurring inside a dorm complex or crowded party.
When external noise is an impeding factor, secure, instant messaging capabilities lets responders communicate with people on the scene.
And if a disoriented person is alone and sensing the onset of a dangerous incident, one-touch beacon alert capabilities increases the chance that an emergency response team can be notified.
(1) http://www.forbes.com/sites/collegeprose/2012/12/17/a-sober-assessment-of-high-risk-drinking-on-college-campuses/, David Skorton, 12/17/2012
(2) http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/20/10763816-college-binge-drinking-blackouts-cost-hundreds-of-thousands-a-year, Alex Johnson, 03/20/2012
(4) http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/PressReleases.aspx?articleid=477&zoneid=65, Lauren R. Duran
How do you build a safer community? What’s the best approach to keeping citizens out of harm’s way? Some argue adding more police officers will create a safer community; other argues that stricter punishments for committing crimes will act as a disincentive. While there is no clear-cut correct answer, one thing everyone can agree on is that a self-reporting, highly engaged community is a safer one. So the question begs, how do we build these types of communities?
With the advent of mobile technology—in particular smartphone usage—the current landscape is ripe for a more comprehensive approach to crime prevention. Using location-aware mobile technology to report crimes and communicate emergency information has many benefits for local communities, police and public safety departments.
Emergency Information Flow through Mobile Applications
First, an individual who takes advantage a mobile safety solution for emergency response can have their issues resolved in a more timely manner as first responders leverage location and profile information to arrive on scene faster and more prepared.
Secondly, a community (police and public safety departments) that takes advantage of an incident dashboard platform can now have many benefits accrue to their department. Over time, trends will start to reveal themselves about the types of crimes that occur and where they are occurring. Using both a heat-mapping tool with report tagging functions, police departments can uncover which areas of a community or city are more vulnerable than others and deploy the proper resources to ensure the trend comes to a halt.
Finally, citizens want to be engaged with the authorities of their community and be made aware of the latest emergency information. While having news reports and putting up flyers have become outdated, communities can now use mobile technologies to actively share and receive information. Mobile mass notification technologies have the ability to quickly and selectively target users based on location to inform them in real-time of crucial information that may be relevant to them. For example, police can disseminate an image of a suspect who is being sought in connection with a crime through that community safety tool. Additionally, those citizens can send replies back to their department to share any information they have, which can help to track and locate the person in question much faster.
Community Engagement is Crucial for Crime Prevention
Slowly but surely the realm of Public Safety is embracing new technologies to create safer communities, build community engagement and disseminate emergency information. Here at Guardly we are forging relationships with cities, communities, and crime prevention associations to help usher in the future, today.
If you want to learn more about how our mobile platform for emergency communications can help keep your community safe, feel free to drop us a note!
- Guardly’s Mobile Safety Solutions Now Powering Retail Stores & Shopping Malls!
- Reminder: “The 7 Issues Plaguing Traditional Mass Notification (And How To Overcome Them)” Webinar is Today (Friday Feb. 21) at 1pm EST / 10am PST!
- Announcing Guardly’s New White Paper: Emerging Landscape of Mobile & Cloud Technologies in Corporate Security
- Guardly Raises $1.45 Million Led by Freestyle.VC to Introduce Real-Time Employee Safety for Enterprises
- Guardly’s Mobile Safety Solutions Now Powering Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies
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