May 15, 2020 @ 10:04 by Steven Hugill
A technology firm is ramping up support to help businesses safely begin exiting the coronavirus lockdown.
Advantex Network Solutions, based in Gateshead, has created a COVID-19 taskforce to deal with increased demand for apparatus such as thermal imaging and social distancing camera solutions.
Following the likes of Amazon and Heathrow Airport, which have just placed orders for thermal imaging cameras, many of the region’s businesses are looking at similar solutions to help detect if an employee is showing a fever, a key symptom of the coronavirus.
Thermal imaging cameras [shown below] can detect a rise in temperature, which is a common symptom of COVID-19.
With such technology in place, employers can monitor in real-time who is entering a building or workplace, allowing them to mitigate risk and take appropriate measures to help prevent further infection.
Steve O’Connell, Advantex sales and marketing director, said: “As an employer myself, I know how challenging these times are, and we are in no way out of the woods yet, but we feel we have a responsibility to help the region take the right steps and precautions for when the time does come to finally return to work.
“We’re by no means saying this technology will detect COVID-19 and is a safe passage to start work tomorrow, but the solutions we provide can offer an element of monitoring and detection, providing peace-of-mind and a clear message to employees and clients that you’re doing everything you can to provide a safe working environment.”
In addition to the fever detection cameras, Advantex has also seen a sharp rise in the demand for social distancing, crowd control and PPE detection cameras.
The company works with some of the UK’s biggest and best-known brands, boasting a client list that includes Hitachi Rail, Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Newcastle International Airport, McDonald’s, Caterpillar, GE Oil & Gas and End Clothing.