Travelodge puts safety first with hi-tech innovation for staff

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Fast growing budget hotel chain, Travelodge, has become the latest company to protect its staff using the award-winning Identicom security badge, developed by Dinnington-based Connexion2.

Travelodge is issuing staff in more than 500 hotels with Identicom devices, which look like a normal name badge, but incorporate mobile communications technology to enable staff working on their own to raise an alarm if they are threatened.

Travelodge’s head of safety, Clare Shinton, said: “There are occasions when staff members, working alone on reception, behind the bar or dealing with a customer’s query - perhaps in their room, feel they need additional support.

“Travelodge takes its duty of care very seriously and whilst our previous solution had been in place for a number of years, we wanted to explore other options to ensure our people feel protected and have the most appropriate and comprehensive support available”.

When the hidden alarm on the Identicom badge is triggered, the badge transmits a signal which tells security staff exactly where the worker is and allows them to listen in and record what is happening with such clarity that it can be used in the courts in evidence.

The lanyard on which the badge is worn is also linked to the alarm, allowing it to be automatically triggered if anyone tries to tear the badge off.

Identicom devices are used by thousands of NHS staff, charity workers and others who work on their own.