About the client
Team AcceleRace is an all-girl team from Linlithgow Academy in West Lothian, Scotland. They represented the UK in the World Finals of F1 in Schools.
F1 in Schools is a global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)competition to design, build and race a miniature F1 car. Competing teams design their car using 3D CAD tools, following regulations set by the international rules committee, before manufacturing it using CAM software.
In its 14th year, F1 in Schools welcomed over 50 teams from over 25 countries, all competing for the World Champions title. As an official supplier to F1, Securitas welcomed the opportunity to support Team AcceleRace.
The Securitas solution
In addition to sponsoring the team, and as a leading security solutions provider, Securitas took the opportunity to provide the 14-year-old girls with the Vismo tracking app.
The Vismo GPS tracking application monitored the girls as they travelled from Edinburgh to Singapore, and vice versa. The app was installed on the girl’s smartphones and connected to the Securitas Operations Centre (SOC) in Milton Keynes. From the SOC, a team of security operatives remotely monitored the whereabouts of the team 24/7, providing their parents and family with peace of mind.
The parents received a message real-time, via email and text, as the girls safely arrived in Singapore and the UK (on their return journey). Vismo automatically sends a message to the traveller, and their chosen contacts, as they move from country to country.
Vismo uses GPS and other technologies to provide tracking updates as the individual travels. Once installed, the app runs in the background on the phone sending automatic updates back to the SOC every twenty minutes and once an hour at night. It uses a minimal amount of data (GPRS or 2G data) – less than 6MB of data per month.
Other key Vismo features include a panic button, which if activated, alerts the SOC to contact the individual and if necessary, their emergency contacts. Fortunately, it was not necessary for Team AcceleRace to use the panic button, but they knew it was an available option, to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Geofencing of high-risk areas and safe zones is also possible with Vismo. Automatic alerts are sent as the traveller enters and leaves the designated countries.
Team AcceleRace commented: “We just wanted to thank you for making the experience possible. We came 40th overall which we are pleased with especially as it was our first time at the competition. We also achieved the 8th fastest car time (fastest UK car and fastest all girls team car) which we were really surprised but incredibly happy with, especially after having many car repairs before our races.
“Aside from the competition we saw the Grand Prix and went to the pit lane which was an amazing experience. We also absolutely loved exploring Singapore. Apart from this we were promoting girls in STEM at the competition and we aim to continue to do this.”
“Thank you to Securitas for allowing our parents to track us at the F1 in Schools World finals. It’s been a great journey, but it’s good to be home.”
Dermot Murray commented: “As parents, we were all delighted when Team AcceleRace qualified to represent the UK at F1 In Schools World Finals in Singapore - but we were also nervous about our daughters being so far away from home for an extended period of time.
“The Securitas App gave us great peace of mind to be able to track the girls at all time. Singapore is a safe place to visit but being able to track the location of the girls, to an accuracy that we even knew when they were back in their hotel rooms at night, was a great comfort.”
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