A Dinnington company whose technology protects thousands of people working on their own is facing its biggest challenge yet.
Connexion2 has had to work out how to protect ultra-marathon runner Mark Allison, as he attempts to run 2,600 miles across Australia in 70 days.
The company manufactures the Identicom device which looks like a normal name badge, but incorporates mobile communications technology that enables staff working on their own to raise an alarm if they are threatened or taken ill.
The company is sponsoring Mark Allison, who is also known as “Run Geordie Run,” and will be using Connexion2’s most technologically advanced 9 Series Identicom, the first device of its kind to use 3G connectivity.
Connexion2 says 3G connectivity gives peace of mind to users operating in geographic areas where traditional GSM networks have limited coverage.
That will be particularly important for Mark, from Newcastle, on a continent like Australia where GSM coverage is typically good in coastal areas and around major cities, but sporadic or unconnected elsewhere.
During Mark’s run his Identicom will allow his progress to be mapped through GPS location updates and subsequently shared with his followers, in addition to allowing him to raise an alarm if needed.
Mark is aiming to raise £50,000 for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation.
He has previously run the 875 miles from John O’Groats to Lands Endand the 3,100 miles from California to New York, during which time he ran an average 31 miles a day and lost five stone on the way.
To complete his new challenge he will have to run an average 41 miles a day during the Australian summer.