Realtors are constantly exposing themselves to potentially dangerous situations by visiting new real estate listings, new clients and open houses.
Recently, a realtor went to check on an empty house in southwest Calgary. Her husband did a full walk-through of the house after he smelt weed and saw a jug of water in the fridge that shouldn’t have been there. He opened a closet door to find a tall homeless man in the closet.
The OnGuard app allows a lone worker to use the geofence feature to place a location-based virtual fence around an address or any point on a map. This fence can have attributes attached to it that will trigger when the lone worker enters or exits this geofence.
Agents can create geofences in advance of visits and showings so they will automatically be placed into HazLoc or Hazardous Location Mode as they arrive at each location and be taken out of HazLoc when they leave. OnGuard Hazardous Location Mode prompts the lone worker to manually acknowledge they are OK when a timed prompt pops up on screen. This tap then sends a check-in to the OnGuard system with the status and location of that check-in. If the prompt goes unacknowledged, the HazLoc state escalates to Panic and automatically triggers an alert to everyone in the lone worker group and the OnGuard Web ERC. An optional 24/7 monitoring company can also be notified to handle the alert who will work with local authorities on behalf of the real estate company and lone worker.