Thursday, May 7, 2015

News: Connexion2 announce expansion plans as it becomes SoloProtect


Connexion2, the Dinnington company that uses innovative technology solutions and associated services to improve the safety and productivity of lone workers, is to be formally renamed SoloProtect Limited and move to new premises as part of significant expansion in the UK.

The firm was launched in 2003, backed by investors including South Yorkshire Investment Fund, and is based at Carrera Court on the site of the former Dinnington Colliery. Connexion2, which employs around 45 staff, developed and manufactures Identicom, which is now the UKs most widely deployed dedicated lone worker device.

The business was acquired by the US leading emergency communications company, Kings III of America, in 2013.

SoloProtect Limited is planning to expand in the UK, combined with established lone worker operations in the USA and a burgeoning presence in mainland Europe.

Central to plans is the development of a brand new, purpose built Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) within a new 10,000 sq ft head office in Sheffield. The facility, which will be a state of the art ARC, will be the first in the UK to be audited against BS8591, the forthcoming British Standard and the new European standard, EN 50518.

Once operational, all Alarm Receiving Centre support services for UK SoloProtect customers will be provided through the facility.

Designed to look like a normal ID badge, the Identicom system allows lone workers to raise an alarm, make an emergency phone call or send a text message. It is part of the lone worker solution SoloProtect, which includes the device, 24/7 manned monitoring, SIM card, mobile network usage, training, inclusive billing and monthly reporting.

Once an alert has been raised this then goes through to an approved ARC where a dedicated member of the lone worker team can listen into and access the situation, and escalate to police if necessary.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed that SoloProtect's new facility is set to be at the Vantage park development on Sheffield Road (pictured), and being a 24/7 operation, it could lead to a significant increase in staff.
Since it was acquired in 2013, the parent company has launched a SoloProtect US division and European operations have expanded into The Netherlands, Germany and France with a SoloProtect New Zealand division also launching this year.

Craig Swallow, managing director of SoloProtect UK & EU, said: "Naturally, this is a hugely exciting project. One that enables us to work even more closely with our customers, giving greater control to deliver tailored solutions to clients. Whilst a move like this is naturally a boost for all of our staff, our key focus remains on facilitating a great lone worker service and fulfilling our customer promise.

"We're delighted with the support shown by our parent company, and their vision for SoloProtect to be a genuine international provider of credible lone worker solutions. Something that we believe is a first in our market place."

SoloProtect website

Images: SoloProtect / Knight Frank


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