A Shropshire firm has launched a new personal tracking device in a bid to help protect people with illnesses and lone workers.
It is being seen as an ideal device to monitor vulnerable people and reassure workers who may be out alone in rural or potentially dangerous areas.
Bulldog Security Products, based in Much Wenlock, already have a range of tracking devices which are used by firms who have fleet or heavy plant vehicles and other machinery. They also supply trackers for other vehicles, including cars, vans, HGVs, caravans and motorhomes.
The company has more than 30 years experience in protecting people and their property through a range of security products which have put the firm at the forefront of the industry, both at home and abroad.
Bulldog managing director Ian Jordan said while it wasn’t possible to guarantee the safety and well-being of individuals, it was vital to do everything possible to ensure their location was known and a response could be dispatched when the alert sounded.
“Our TR20 personal tracker will be triggered if someone fell on the floor, such as someone living alone at home or maybe someone out and about working in a rural area,” he said.
“The aim is to protect vulnerable people like those with an illness or lone workers. The TR20 gives the person time to get up but if this does not happen it will ring three emergency contact numbers to raise the alarm. It also has an SOS button for the user to press if they need help.
“We, at Bulldog Security Products, hope to work with care home owners and those living in sheltered accommodation to ensure they have the added protection of this device.
“These people are among the most vulnerable in our society – possibly elderly or with some illness – and we need to know they are safe and a response can be made quickly if they fall or are in some other difficulty.”
The device was used earlier this month by James Tomlinson who trekked across the Brecon Beacons carrying 35lb on his back to raise funds for charity.
Mr Tomlinson from Shrewsbury said: “The personal tracking device supplied by Bulldog was perfect as my wife and children could not only track my progress but at times when I was very much isolated in the blistering heat I knew someone would know if I fell ill.
“It really made me realise how vulnerable I was but also how vital they could be to someone living or working alone.”
Mr Jordan said due to the rural location of Shropshire, there were hundreds of workers who worked alone for hours at a time including farmers.
“Rural and isolated workers can also find themselves at the mercy of circumstances and this tracker is the ideal piece of kit to reassure them they are not alone and help is at hand should they need it.
“The tracker would also be a good thing for anyone travelling long distance on their own, children and even pets,” Mr Jordan said.
“It’s cost-effective and the GPS location can be monitored on your mobile phone or through the Bulldog Tracking Portal online. It is light and compact, can be worn on a lanyard around the neck, on a belt, in clothing or a bag. It can also be fitted to a pet collar or harness.
“The battery lasts for up to 160 hours, it’s waterproof and free to track online. But most of all it’s help when it’s most needed and a vital item to carry around with you in a bid to limit the time in getting help if you fall or get into difficulty.”