Life after lockdown; GMS helps prepare UK’s biggest businesses with temperature detection cameras

As UK businesses begin to make plans to return to work following the lockdown, temperature detection technology has become a hot commodity and one national security company, which has been trialling the tech, has said that feedback from businesses such as JLR and Cemex, has been positive.

According to GMS Security, part of the GMS Group, company leaders are increasingly turning to technology such as fever-screening stations, density control systems and other security solutions as a means to mitigate the potential risks of the coronavirus’ spread and re-assure their workforce who are preparing to return to work.

CEO at GMS Group, Neil Male said, “We believe that body temperature detection cameras and other technology will play an important role as we begin to get a hold on covid-19 in the UK.”

“We’ve been trialling the fever cameras in three of our customer’s sites and this approach has been welcomed by senior stakeholders. When lockdown is lifted, people are still going to be worried about Covid-19, so many responsible employers are considering ways to test staff and visitor temperatures before they enter a building – our fever detection cameras are an ideal solution.”

Experts are warning that it will be some time before a vaccine for Covid-19 is approved, therefore many businesses across the country are looking for ways to minimise the risk to employees and site visitors.

GMS Security’s static fever detection cameras are able to register a number of temperatures at once, which means that staff could essentially walk through an entrance in a queue, whilst maintaining social distancing, without having an impact on their working day. The software that accompanies the fever detection cameras enables users to receive an alert when someone shows a high temperature, as well as the camera giving an alert to the person in the queue.  The technology is incredibly accurate and can read an individual’s temperature within +/- 0.5 degrees.

The handheld fever detection devices are set up to test one person at a time by the operator (who can stand two metres away, following government guidelines) who’ll instantly see a reading. Handheld cameras are ideal for more mobile uses and can be mounted on a tripod.

Neil Male continued, “It is worth noting that although our fever detection cameras are high tech, they should be used as a preliminary tool and a medical thermometer is recommended as a second check for anyone showing a high reading.”

AF Blakemore & Son were the second customer to take part in GMS Security’s fever detection trials. Their General Manager Stewart Constable said, “Being in the retail market, we have continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic and as we handle chilled, frozen and ambient stock being distributed nationwide, we wanted to test the cameras as part of our attempts to keep the virus away from our distribution centres, therefore protecting the safety of our employees and customers, whilst maintaining service to our retail network.”

The Corporate Security team at JLR concluded, “As part of our planning for a return to production, we started to look into a range of temperature checking camera models some weeks ago and GMS, who have been a partner to JLR for over 15 years providing innovative security solutions, were only too happy to include us in their camera trials.”

JLR recently announced that they have renewed their security contract with GMS Security for a further two years, following 15 years of success.

GMS Security Services, part of the GMS Group, have been leading the security market in innovation, service and delivery since 1997.  GMS Security Services’ customers include: Jaguar Land Rover, CEMEX UK, AF Blakemore & Son, Grant Thornton, Avison Young, PWC to name but a few.