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Using Thermal Technology to Tackle Coronavirus

We have purchased a dedicated thermal CCTV camera to ensure the safety of clients, staff and visitors to Cosgarne Hall.

With the increasing threat of the coronavirus we understandably had concerns around safety, with shared facilities increasing the risk of catching the virus.

As you may have seen from our previous blog post we took initial steps in March to implement social distancing, quickly constructing a decontamination unit at the entrance to Cosgarne.

The area has a television monitor located above the sink explaining good hygiene practice and how hand-washing promotes the safety of the individual as well as those around them.

Harbour staff occupied this area for the first two days of its installation, showing everyone who attempted to gain entry what was required, and this is now monitored remotely through CCTV and a remote door entry system.

The new thermal camera acts as an extra safety measure and can detect anyone with a high temperature, feeding information back to the person releasing the door entry.

“Our residents took so well to the hygiene measures that we initially implemented and everyone has been so good at keeping to the safety restrictions.” Operations Director Malcolm Putko explains.

“However our concern was that even though we had taken steps to prevent the spread of the virus, if someone were to contract it, it might take us too long to identify symptoms and take the necessary precautions.

“The government and Public Health England are promoting the use of digital techniques to combat COVID-19 and we were keen to minimise risk in any way we could.

“With over 30 individuals living in the property along with 20 staff it was not logistically viable to rely on our contactless thermometers alone.

“The thermal camera seemed like the perfect solution. 

“It is situated at the entrance to the property and will alert staff if anybody is displaying an abnormal temperature, allowing us to take action before the individual is admitted to the property, potentially putting others at risk.

“It was a big investment, and intended to last beyond the current crisis, acting as an additional layer of safety for our staff and residents.” 

“We have over 120 CCTV cameras located across all our properties to ensure that harm prevention is at the forefront of all we do and this helps our clients to feel more safe.

With the success of this thermal camera we intend to install more of them in our other large properties.

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