A new app that aims to keep carers, technicians and other lone workers safe is in the running for a £10,000 grant – and its developers need your help.
Norwich start-up Safepoint is competing against companies from around the country for a place in the final of the NACUE Varsity pitch. An online vote is being held, with the most popular entry getting an automatic place in the final and a chance to pitch to a panel of experts and win the £10,000 prize.
Callum Coombes, co-founder and CEO of Safepoint, said the cash would make a huge difference to the company, which only formed last year.
“It’s a big opportunity for us,” he said. “We heard the competition through the University of East Anglia (UEA) and decided to go for it. It’s a lot of money and would really help accelerate our development.”
Safepoint’s app will help lone workers, such as carers with irregular hours or technicians that work in hazardous environments, to easily log their tasks and share information with their teams while in the field. GPS tracking will add an extra element of safety, and emergency alerts can be set up for when workers are unable to check in as ‘safe’.
“It will allow companies who employ lone workers to easily meet their health and safety requirements, but more importantly will ensure lone workers are never truly alone,” Callum said.
“Health and safety is an area that has been quite abandoned by tech, so a lot of companies are using solutions which are a bit rubbish. We think there’s an opportunity to do something better.”
Safepoint was the winning idea that emerged from Sync the City 2017, the popular Norwich hackathon and pitching competition which takes place over three days in November.
The app is currently in closed alpha testing, and Callum said Safepoint has already been contacted by a number of potential clients.
“We’ve had some amazing feedback from the guys who have been testing it in the field, and if everything goes to plan we’re hoping to move into the closed early access stage soon,” he added.
It’s easy to see why a £10,000 grant would come in handy.
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