21st Sep, 2020

Wasps turn to Vodafone's heat detection camera to help safe return to training

Liam Moakes 11th Jun, 2020

WASPS Rugby Club have today announced they have installed Vodafone’s heat detection camera at their Coventry training facility to help safeguard staff and players as they return to training.

The move comes as Premiership rugby clubs across the country are given green light to return to non-contact training – subject to social distancing, daily screening, cleaning and hygiene requirements.

The camera is located at the main entrance to the Broadstreet training ground and will screen the body temperature of everyone coming in. Signs around the club will tell visitors about the camera and what it is for.

Stephen Vaughan, CEO of Wasps Group, said: “The heat detection camera will be a useful tool in helping to safely reopen our facilities and to provide reassurance to our staff, players and visitors that we are providing as safe an environment as we can.

“We have a very strong partnership with Vodafone which allows us to work together to use their cutting-edge technology to help our club.”

Anne Sheehan, business director at Vodafone UK said: “It’s fantastic to see solutions like our heat detection camera really making a difference as organisations get their people back to work while prioritising safety. The camera is one of a number of tools companies can use to help get through this challenging time.”

The heat detection camera combines thermal imaging and Vodafone’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology to screen the temperature of people as they enter buildings and quickly analyse the results.

The camera can check the temperature of up to 100 people per minute. Thermal images are streamed securely and in real time to a laptop or mobile device where instant analytics provide a discreet alert that a person may have a raised temperature.

These alerts should then be further investigated using standard clinical evaluation methods in order to determine whether any further action is necessary. IoT provides reliable and secure connectivity and enables standalone installation with no additional IT requirements.

Ali James, head of physiotherapy at Wasps Rugby Club, said: “The heat detection camera from Vodafone will be an important part of the toolkit in helping our players get back to training. It’s vital the players, staff and visitors to our training facility know all available measures are being implemented by the club to enhance safety across the site.”

The heat detection camera is part of Vodafone UK’s Enhanced Smart Vision Portfolio. It comes with a laptop and tablet, full installation and a 24/7 secure managed service to cater for organisations with extended working hours.

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