Panic button launched for UK truck drivers 18 August 2011

Emergency response specialist Skyguard has launched the first-ever global personal emergency service for British haulage, courier and long-distance drivers.

Skyguard International allows drivers to 'call' for help at the press of a button, if they find themselves in trouble overseas. Initially the service is live across 34 European countries, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

The launch comes hot on the heels of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office's British Behaviour Abroad report, which revealed that 19,228 Brits have needed assistance overseas during the past 12 months, with Spain responsible for the most incidents.

"We believe we've created the ultimate peace of mind solution for long-distance drivers and the international haulage industry in its entirety," says James Murray, chief executive of Skyguard.

"I travel frequently for work assignments to countries where I'm not familiar with the language or destination. I wondered what I, or anyone else, would do, if they ended up in a difficult situation that required immediate emergency assistance."

Haulage and courier drivers can activate the emergency Skyguard International service using a device the size of a key-fob and the smallest GPS alarm of its kind, which can be attached to keys, a belt or worn on a lanyard.

Skyguard's service also runs as an app on a BlackBerry, with the handset's convenience side key acting as the alarm button.

John Challen

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