Hamilton-based Numze promises to shake up security industry

News Aug 22, 2019 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A Hamilton-based startup has secured $1.2 million in private-sector investment to launch a new mobile app that connects clients to licensed security guards at the touch of a finger.

According to its developers, Numze can be seen as the security industry equivalent to Uber.

Paul Carson, a Hamilton native and Numze CEO, said the app is currently in the beta testing phase, with version one slated to launch Sept. 15.

“What we’ve done is we’ve taken the ability or the methodology around security scheduling and turned it on its head,” said Carson. “Our motto is, ‘Work when you want, work how you want.’ Because we know that there are services out there that require a lot of manpower …”

Carson, who lists more than 30 years of security industry experience on his resumé, said the app works by putting licensed security guards in direct contact with clients looking for private security services, creating freelance work opportunities and eliminating the need for a dispatch centre.

The client enters their requirements into the app and the app then goes out and finds an available guard, with an offer of employment for a specific shift. The guard then has the ability to accept or decline the shift.

“Once that’s done, there is an immediate line of communication between (the guard) and the client,” said Carson.

Security guards who join the app undergo a screening process that includes releasing their personal information and credentials for final approval.

“You can easily work a 40-hour work week without any problem whatsoever. But if you don’t want to work a 40-hour work week, you say you want to work a Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,” said Carson. “It’s really groundbreaking in relation to its flexibility, how people will interact with it and how clients will interact with it.”

If a guard fails to show up for a shift, that guard is immediately flagged in the system and cannot work another shift until he/she meets with Numze representatives to determine why the shift was missed. Also, the system creates an event database per-guard, so guards that fail to perform regularly will be quickly identified and administratively sanctioned up to, and including, removal from the app.

Guards have the option to get paid daily, weekly or biweekly.

Carson, who developed the app along with Ron Hazell, said Numze is currently managed from a head office at 505 Woodward Ave. Additional offices operate in Burlington and Toronto, and the company plans to expand across North America with offices in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.

The service will launch in Ontario first. Versions two and three of the app are set for release in March and November 2020, respectively.

Numze will be available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, see www.numze.com.

Hamilton-based Numze promises to shake up security industry

New mobile app set for release

News Aug 22, 2019 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A Hamilton-based startup has secured $1.2 million in private-sector investment to launch a new mobile app that connects clients to licensed security guards at the touch of a finger.

According to its developers, Numze can be seen as the security industry equivalent to Uber.

Paul Carson, a Hamilton native and Numze CEO, said the app is currently in the beta testing phase, with version one slated to launch Sept. 15.

“What we’ve done is we’ve taken the ability or the methodology around security scheduling and turned it on its head,” said Carson. “Our motto is, ‘Work when you want, work how you want.’ Because we know that there are services out there that require a lot of manpower …”

Carson, who lists more than 30 years of security industry experience on his resumé, said the app works by putting licensed security guards in direct contact with clients looking for private security services, creating freelance work opportunities and eliminating the need for a dispatch centre.

The client enters their requirements into the app and the app then goes out and finds an available guard, with an offer of employment for a specific shift. The guard then has the ability to accept or decline the shift.

“Once that’s done, there is an immediate line of communication between (the guard) and the client,” said Carson.

Security guards who join the app undergo a screening process that includes releasing their personal information and credentials for final approval.

“You can easily work a 40-hour work week without any problem whatsoever. But if you don’t want to work a 40-hour work week, you say you want to work a Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,” said Carson. “It’s really groundbreaking in relation to its flexibility, how people will interact with it and how clients will interact with it.”

If a guard fails to show up for a shift, that guard is immediately flagged in the system and cannot work another shift until he/she meets with Numze representatives to determine why the shift was missed. Also, the system creates an event database per-guard, so guards that fail to perform regularly will be quickly identified and administratively sanctioned up to, and including, removal from the app.

Guards have the option to get paid daily, weekly or biweekly.

Carson, who developed the app along with Ron Hazell, said Numze is currently managed from a head office at 505 Woodward Ave. Additional offices operate in Burlington and Toronto, and the company plans to expand across North America with offices in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.

The service will launch in Ontario first. Versions two and three of the app are set for release in March and November 2020, respectively.

Numze will be available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, see www.numze.com.

Hamilton-based Numze promises to shake up security industry

New mobile app set for release

News Aug 22, 2019 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

A Hamilton-based startup has secured $1.2 million in private-sector investment to launch a new mobile app that connects clients to licensed security guards at the touch of a finger.

According to its developers, Numze can be seen as the security industry equivalent to Uber.

Paul Carson, a Hamilton native and Numze CEO, said the app is currently in the beta testing phase, with version one slated to launch Sept. 15.

“What we’ve done is we’ve taken the ability or the methodology around security scheduling and turned it on its head,” said Carson. “Our motto is, ‘Work when you want, work how you want.’ Because we know that there are services out there that require a lot of manpower …”

Carson, who lists more than 30 years of security industry experience on his resumé, said the app works by putting licensed security guards in direct contact with clients looking for private security services, creating freelance work opportunities and eliminating the need for a dispatch centre.

The client enters their requirements into the app and the app then goes out and finds an available guard, with an offer of employment for a specific shift. The guard then has the ability to accept or decline the shift.

“Once that’s done, there is an immediate line of communication between (the guard) and the client,” said Carson.

Security guards who join the app undergo a screening process that includes releasing their personal information and credentials for final approval.

“You can easily work a 40-hour work week without any problem whatsoever. But if you don’t want to work a 40-hour work week, you say you want to work a Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,” said Carson. “It’s really groundbreaking in relation to its flexibility, how people will interact with it and how clients will interact with it.”

If a guard fails to show up for a shift, that guard is immediately flagged in the system and cannot work another shift until he/she meets with Numze representatives to determine why the shift was missed. Also, the system creates an event database per-guard, so guards that fail to perform regularly will be quickly identified and administratively sanctioned up to, and including, removal from the app.

Guards have the option to get paid daily, weekly or biweekly.

Carson, who developed the app along with Ron Hazell, said Numze is currently managed from a head office at 505 Woodward Ave. Additional offices operate in Burlington and Toronto, and the company plans to expand across North America with offices in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.

The service will launch in Ontario first. Versions two and three of the app are set for release in March and November 2020, respectively.

Numze will be available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, see www.numze.com.