New Mass Notification Service “VismoMessaging” has been introduced by Vismo to keep people safe during the Russia World Cup and provide help in terrorist attacks.
A leader in delivering global tracking solutions, including Mass Notification Services, Vismo is designed to keep all Vismo App users safe by verifying their location and status through the use of multi-communication platforms – and enabling direct help for users during the FIFA World Cup in Russia. VismoMessaging in particular achieves this by verifying users’ location and safety status via the app and through the use of multi-communication platforms – SMS, email, voice, in-app push notification and text-to-voice automated phone calls.
The world-leading provider of Mass Notification Systems is strengthening security at the Russia World Cup by enabling the transmission of real time audio and video streams from the app user’s phone to a security team whenever the app’s panic button is pressed – and two-way communication by SMS, email and voice between the user and team. Within the multi communication platform, advice can be given to the user on how to reduce risk. The user can then be told, if necessary, whether direct help, including evacuation or other forms of rescue is necessary – another important aspect during terrorist attacks.
Colin Dale, VP Business Development, Vismo, says “Although Vismo has designed VismoMessaging for use anywhere globally, our main focus at present is security during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where Vismo has had an office since 2013. The World Cup is proving to be a major concern for corporate event sponsors, VIP attendees, the media companies providing coverage of the event, and football teams.
“With matches being spread across 11 widely dispersed host cities, security is a very real concern, as highlighted on a UK government website, where the spiking of drinks leading to robbery, violence and abuse is one concern. Another UK government website highlights the risk of terrorist incidents in Russia in relation to a global event such as the World Cup.”
A geo-fence feature allows Vismo account administrators to create geo-fences, which can be configured to notify key security personnel when Vismo App users move in or out of a stadium or area designated as high risk, and is an invaluable aide to managing security risks – a key function for locating missing people in the event of a disaster or terrorist attack.
Individuals can also be located with greater accuracy; in the event of an incident occurring at one of the venues, security teams may instantly locate all app users in the affected area and can confirm their situation [e.g. safe, in danger, being held by a third party] through the use of multi-communication platforms; SMS, email, in-app push notification and text-to-voice automated phone calls.
Vismo uses its own patented technology to increase the accuracy of GPS locations, whilst simultaneously minimising the impact on the device’s battery life and data usage. These two benefits could be critically important for giving advice or for a rescue or evacuation. Along with the new VismoMessaging they provide a powerful anti crime solution that will be in operation before, during and immediately after the World Cup.
The threat of terrorist attacks is high in Russia, following incidents in recent years resulting in several deaths in the St Petersburg Metro and 37 deaths at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
Dale points out, “Airlines have been targeted with the downing of a flight from Sharm el Sheik to St Petersburg in October 2015, which was caused by an explosive device on board the plane, according to Russian authorities.
“All this presents significant difficulty for security teams locating individuals and providing immediate assistance and advice should an incident occur.”
Vismo’s multi communication tools has the ability to filter users whose device is below a specified battery level threshold. The advantage of the filter is that it highlights those app users who might need a prompt by security teams to charge their phone as soon as possible to prevent any loss of service involving the app and VismoMessaging.
The Vismo App was used successfully to monitor teams, coaching staff, media organisations and corporate VIPs at similar events, such as the London 2012 Olympics and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, as well as helping companies and NGOs in high risk areas of the world. Vismo is therefore well placed to work with the Russian and other authorities to address and reduce risks.
An important aspect of the App is allowing users to easily confirm responses to definable questions using preconfigured statement answers, with multimodal transmission enabling ease of communication. This is a security step to ensure the person in contact with a security team is the genuine, registered app user.
Vismo, the winner of multiple ASIS Accolades for enhancements to the Vismo App, has designed VismoMessaging in an easy-to-navigate, email-like format that enables administrators to rapidly identify Vismo App users en masse, in groups or individually, and send them messages and receive responses that may be critical in a troublesome situation.
Learn more at www.vismo.com.