In the wake of COVID-19, we’re seeing almost every aspect of our lives changing. Entire countries and economies have come to a halt, social norms are being challenged, and our workplaces are evolving in ways we wouldn’t have expected.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how long it could be until things go back to normal. While we’ve all done out best to adapt to the sudden changes, most of the measures put in place by governments and businesses are only temporary or unsustainable in the long-term. Unfortunately, as time goes on and the virus sticks around, these temporary arrangements are becoming more of a burden on everyone.
Some of these arrangements have been in place since around the time of the first confirmed Australian case in late January, and are starting to show their age. Despite the recent reduction in cases and easing of lockdown laws, failing to prepare for the future would be a gross underestimation of COVID-19’s reach.
Proper measures and precautions should be enacted to ensure that spreading via communitive surfaces and community transmission is kept to an absolute minimum. In the workplace environment, estimates suggest that the average worker will come into contact with at least 40 surfaces that have the potential to spread germs to others. Transmission hotspots, specifically entryways, handles and gates are by far some of the worst offenders.
Touchless buttons are a simple but very effective technology that can reduce surface transmission. They can be activated with the wave of a hand, rather than a physical press. This also makes them ideal for applications where sanitation or sanitary control is a greater concern, such as hospitals, labs or food processing areas.
Featuring well known brands such as X2 Security, these touchless buttons are extremely reliable and have been rigorously tested to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Australia Security Industry.
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Electronic readers have similar advantages to touchless buttons, but with the added security and access control benefits that come with them. On top of eliminating the concern of surface transmission, readers can be integrated into an existing security network and use various kinds of physical passes to securely identify individuals, grant them access to specific facilities, and automatically open entrances.
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While surface transmission is a genuine risk, community transmission generally poses a greater threat to business and individuals. Taking the basic approach of limiting the amount of people in a space can only reduce the risk of transmission – it still allows individuals potentially harbouring the virus unrestricted access.
Thermal monitoring and imaging solutions are proving themselves to be an effective counter-measure to the virus. Devices like handheld fever screening cameras are a portable and reliable tool for identifying individuals with a high temperature, and potentially have COVID-19.
The thermal monitoring cameras achieve this via facial detection to automatically get the temperatures of up to 30 people per second, without the need for masks to be removed. This makes it an ideal solution for assessing large crowds of people, as it can automatically send alerts if temperatures above the adjustable range are detected.
Both Hikvision and Dahua have temperature screening solutions, both of which integrate state-of-the-art technology and are equipped with advanced detectors.
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The Dahua Retail Flow Control Solution CCTV Kit is ideal for many different retail businesses that require a strict flow of people into their premises for distancing purposes. The CCTV system can be set up to accurately track the number of people entering and leaving an entrance. When the number of people inside reaches an adjustable threshold, an alert or alarm can be triggered, alleviating the need for staff or security to be stationed at an entrance.
These innovative technologies are providing alternative solutions to combat COVID-19, and it is expected they will become much more prevalent in the workplace and public over the coming months and years.