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Using Notifications for Travelers’ Safety

Do you remember when the first cell phones were commercially available?

One of the highest advertised benefits of mobile devices was the ability for travelers to contact help in the case of a roadside emergency. Today, cell phones have evolved into smartphones, and 95 percent of Americans have some form of mobile device. By utilizing a mobile notification system for alerting your staff who are traveling or are remote employees, you can protect and inform them easily in the event of an emergency.

Weather Alerts

From hurricanes and tornadoes to hail storms and wildfires, inclement weather is always right around the corner. Staying in touch with employees during storms is vital for many reasons. Start with weather alerts and warnings. Your primary duty is to protect staff while on the road, whether they’re traveling abroad or on route to work at a local office.

Using notification technology allows your company to contact all employees who are traveling. Consider a system that has two-way communication. This allows employees to share first-hand information about weather conditions, and to connect with you in case of an emergency.

Travel Accidents

Accidents are impossible to predict, but there is research indicating when your employees should put their defensive driving skills to use. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, summer is one of the busiest, and most dangerous, seasons for highway drivers. The increased traffic is due to warmer weather and the extended school break that encourages vacations. The rate of accidents increases drastically due to an increase in alcohol consumption on weekends and summer holidays. Data from 1998 to 2014 by the IIHS shows that July and August are the deadliest months with June and September coming in for a close third and fourth ranking.

If one or more of your employees are involved in an accident while traveling this summer, a notification system makes it easy to communicate vital information immediately. For example, you have a team of employees en route to a conference. They are involved in an accident. With a notification system, it’s simple and fast to notify everyone from board members and CEO to the human resources and public relations departments. The notification system conference calling feature can be used to quickly bring all parties together for a live conversation. Most importantly, all applicable parties will receive accurate details in a timely manner.

Man-Made Threats

Another critical type of emergency that your employees face when traveling involves man-made threats. For travelers, this type of threat includes active shooter scenarios, workplace violence, and terrorism. With an active shooter scenario, the traveler may not be familiar with the area and may need guidance. Organizations can send alerts to employees if they’re within the vicinity of the active threat and initiate two-way communication to ensure they’re safe. In any man-made threat situation, real-time communication is essential for providing resources and implementing business continuity plans. Through mass notifications, you can stay connected and keep everyone in the loop.

Vehicle Cybersecurity

As for a cybersecurity threat that could affect a traveling employee, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that vehicle cybersecurity is a concern. Vehicle cybersecurity involves hacking and advanced driver assistance technologies to jeopardize the safety of drivers. Currently, the only cybersecurity-related recall to be noted by the NHTSA occurred in 2015. However, it affected 1.4 million vehicles.

This type of cybersecurity threat has vast potential based on the number of automobile manufacturers, as well as commercial vehicle developers, that are now using automated technologies. It is important to have an emergency notification system in place to help mitigate risks that could thwart your employees’ safety when traveling. This allows you to communicate with your employees even if their onboard notification system is hacked or damaged due to cyber-attacks.

Mass Notifications with OnSolve

Finding a notification system that works effectively for traveler safety points can be challenging. That’s why commercial enterprises use OnSolve to communicate with employees in-house and via mobile devices while traveling. Contact OnSolve to request additional information for all your communication and collaboration needs.

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