Return to the Workplace
With the return to the office on the horizon, many companies have been looking into how they can ensure the health and safety of their employees. Every organisation should now be making plans to operate under this new “normal” for at least the next year.
The UK Governments advice ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ sets out five steps for each organisation to take to demonstrate that they are COVID-19 secure. These are:
- To carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and share the results with their staff and people who work in the business
- To implement cleaning, handwashing, and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- To take all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- To take all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- And finally, where people cannot be 2m apart, to do everything practical to manage transmission risk
The last two points are, without a doubt, going to be the hardest to monitor and enforce. Ensuring that everyone abides by the 2-meter rule in communal areas and canteens will be difficult. Remark Group are pleased to announce the addition of a new technology to assist with points 4 and 5 of the government’s advice.
Social Distancing Detection for COVID-19
Social distancing is the best way to tackle the spread of the virus, and some people could return to work if we could be certain of compliant with the health and safety best practices. Remark Group can now provide a social distancing detection solution that automatically measure rates to produce distancing data.
The data is monitored in real-time and can send alerts and updates to facilities managers where people aren’t abiding the two-metre rule. The solution also checks your existing workplace cameras feed for hotspots many times a day, so it can determine which areas need a social distancing fix.
The solution also has the ability to detect masks while measuring distance between people. If your company has put a mask policy into place, the technology can track both mask and social distancing policy effectiveness..
Tailgating, even if it is as innocent as opening a door for someone, is a common security breach, and can be hard to monitor. With the use of cameras and distancing detection technology, tailgating can be detected and deterred. Each time the number of people passing through an entrance is greater than the number of people authorized to entire, it will trigger off a tailgating alert. One again, this is all monitored in real-time so can be sent straight to the facilities manage and set off alarms to make occupants aware to abide by the social distancing rules.
Queue Monitoring and COVID-19
From retail stores to hotels, to public buildings and banks, monitored queuing will be a system that will stay with us for the next couple of years. Remark Group can now provide a solution that works with your video surveillance camera that can function as a queue monitor.
The camera has the ability to detect whether people are abiding by the 2-meter rule and staying to the designated chevrons. This technology can also be applied to occupancy control, where communal areas can only hold a certain amount of people the solution can be set up to work with automated barriers or doors and digital signage to send real-time reports and alerts.
We will have more information coming soon about social distancing detection and other solutions to help the transition back into the workplace safe for your employees.
In the meantime, if you would like to hear more about social distancing detection for your workplace, please feel free to get in touch. Whether you have a medium-traffic office space of a high-traffic workplace like a university or hospital, Remark Group can work with you to provide the best solution.