What’s happened to 2020 ? Thoughts on CCTV & Thermal imaging cameras, also what roll do they play in the wake of Coronavirus and COVID-19

After a wet and blustery start to 2020 here in Bristol and the UK we have being keeping busy and waiting for the sun to start shining and things to really get cracking with what promised to be such an exciting year.

The start of the year has seen us continue with some of our ongoing clients from 2019 with old projects being completed whilst some other new exciting projects have begun including some large scale CCTV, Access control, Intruder alarm & fire alarm installations. With works being carried out all around Bristol including Clifton,Redland, Downend and Avonmouth we really have had enough to keep us busy with lots of new relationships being forged along the way.

Lots of new and exciting products have also hit the market recently and as a company Omega fire and security Ltd have being really looking forward to the opportunity of introducing some of these to the local southwest security market and seeing how they do in the field. Some of these include the Ajax alarm system, the EMS wireless fire alarm and also Dahua with the new and exciting night colour camera which boasts full colour images at extremely low Lux levels over the more traditional monochrome images we are used to seeing.

Just as things have really started to ramp we got wind of a new strain of coronavirus making its way across the seas which looks to have originated in china, the infamous COVID-19. From the first pieces of news we started to get back in January things have ramped up pretty quickly with thousands of confirmed cases now all around the world. As a result of this the UK is now in almost complete lockdown except for those offering emergency services. As a fire and security company we are considered a 4th emergency service and although we aren’t keyworkers and have made the decision to close our doors temporarily we will still be responding to emergency callouts throughout this period which include some of the following scenarios that people may find themselves in around Bristol & the Southwest.

  • Faults on fire alarm systems
  • Intercom systems not working that may result in someone receiving critical care or vital deliveries
  • Problems with gates where people are trapped inside.

Outside of this we will unfortunately be closed until further notice.

So now the question is where does this leave us after this situation has been dealt with and the coronavirus has been bought back under control? The truth is we won’t truly know the full impact to our economy until things get back underway again, although the best guess is that it’s going to take a huge amount of time and support starting locally within the community and then nationwide to really pull each other up and help dust ourselves off.

There is also the safety and prevention aspect of this moving forward. Although we may well beat this virus there’s nothing to say that it won’t return later down the line. In order to prevent this it’s going to take a global effort and a real shift in the way we go about our day to day lives.

With this in mind and CCTV already playing such a key roll within our homes, communities and businesses it got me thinking about where the future lies and what adaptations can be made to systems in order to help us transition into a safer future.

For some time thermal imaging cameras have been used in the CCTV industry for various tasks including helping increase visibility or highlight people during areas of extreme darkness that are highly built up, whilst also being used by fire fighters to distinguish huge differences in areas giving off heat in order to locate people whilst saving lives.

In recent weeks the leading and best CCTV manufacturers including HIK, Avigilon & Dahua have being working on new products to be released into the market which can be used on a large scale in pubs, clubs and all retail sectors to help locate and pick out people that may be presenting a slightly higher than normal body temperature as this is a good indicator as to whether someone is coming down with an illness or flu like symptoms.

With advanced detectors and algorithms, thermal imaging cameras are designed to detect elevated skin-surface temperatures and can thus be used for rapid and preliminary fever screening with an accuracy up to +0.3c cameras within the ranges have the following features

  • One second to detect temperature in a person
  • Multi-person detection simultaneously
  • Non-contact measurement meaning no physical contact required in turn mitigating risk to staff.
  • Instant alarm function

As you can imagine the use for this type of application is limitless. With Bristol fast becoming one of the UK’s most attractive cities with flocks of people re locating from bigger cities like London it seems that things will only get busier over the coming years, and more and more people will be operating within close proximity of each other. With this in mind it only seems sensible for people and businseses alike to start making use of this fast and efficient technology which can serve as an early warning system and help prevent the spread of any illness or virus.

For more information on fire and security or CCTV installations of IP based or thermal imaging type in Bristol or the surrounding areas, please feel free to get in touch for a free no obligation quote from hour local alarm company.

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