entrepreneur in the running for technology award
20 year-old entrepreneur from Burnham-On-Sea who runs his own
business could win an award for an invention that helps companies
ensure their staff are safe away from work.
Mike Turner has devised Staff Guardian, a Web-based system which
uses satellite tracking so staff can be monitored when working
off-site and an SOS button if they get into trouble.
Staff Guardian has been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Grand
Ideas Awards ahead of 140 rival applications just three weeks
after its launch.
are delighted to be on the shortlist. Staff Guardian has been
in the making for several months but weve only been live
for a few weeks and to be recognised so quickly is a real boost,"
Mike told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
technology allows users to sit at a computer and watch their staff's
movements to ensure their safety and monitor their performance.
This is made possible by the GPS device sending location data
to the internet continuously.
is a first in the industry and Mike has worked around both the
technological and cost challenges associated with making Staff
Guardian a viable product.
a breakthrough really," said Mike, who has invested several
thousand pounds of his own money into the project so far. "We
looked at what was available already for lone and remote staff
and decided we could do better. A lot of hard work, hardware and
software development, along with rigorous testing combines to
bring a product to market that will really improve the way businesses
can support their remote staff."
Guardian devices have SOS buttons for staff to press if they get
into a difficulty. When you press the SOS button an emergency
alert is automatically sent to a nominated colleague. It's quicker
than making a call on your mobile - especially for people being
attacked or who have been injured, the SOS button is a lifeline."