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ISC launches product to protect lone Canadian workers

Windsor, Ont.-based Integrated Security Communications (ISC) has partnered with U.K.-based Connexion2 to supply Identicom, a system for lone worker protection.



December 3, 2008
By Staff

Already a major supplier of electronic alarm systems, and specializing
in security camera surveillance systems,  which are monitored 24/7 by
the company’s monitoring station, Identicom will be a major tool in
Integrated Security Communication’s portfolio of products to protect
lone workers from assault, verbal abuse or ‘man down’ injury or
incapacitation.

Measuring 102x72x14mm and weighing 70 grams, Identicom, looks like a
normal ID holder, but is equipped with tri-band GSM module, SIM card,
lithium battery and control electronics.  The device includes a lanyard
attachment that enables it to be worn around the neck as a standard ID
Badge, which hides a “rip alarm” function that is triggered if the unit
is forcibly removed from the wearer. 

Identicom enables the lone worker to use concealed buttons to covertly
raise an alarm if threatened which opens up microphone functionality
that allows a third party operations controller to listen to what is
happening and take appropriate action. Identicom will also
automatically alarm if it senses that the wearer has become
incapacitated and therefore unable to raise their alarm. The wearer is
also able to notify their employer when they know they are entering a
potentially hazardous situation and then Identicom, can prompt the
worker for a response to ensure all is well whilst on duty at specified
intervals.

Integrated Security Communications is introducing the Identicom badge
for use within a range of organizations across Canada including
businesses, real estate agents and municipal government departments. 
The company’s monitoring station is able to provide 24-hour monitoring
and response for all organizations.
Kim Russell of Integrated Security Communications said in a prepared
statement, “Identicom enhances our existing product profile and
provides a level of service previously unavailable to lone workers. 
With incidents of verbal and physical abuse increasing year on year,
Identicom has now become a necessity for vulnerable and lone workers.
Oncoming legislation will also fuel the need for such systems for
workers at risk of injury.”

Identicom can be configured in a number of ways, allowing an employer
to adopt the device without the need to significantly change or alter
current working practices.

 “Identicom deliberately looks like any other ID card to ensure workers
don’t put themselves at any further risk. Any aggressor need not know
that an operator is listening or that help is on the way,” said Craig
Swallow, Managing Director of Connexion2, in a statement.


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