A suite of smart tech solutions has been launched to help businesses in the hospitality industry protect their workforce and customers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Building on technology most often seen in healthcare settings, Contrac IT has been granted the UK licencing rights for providing the Thor UVC terminal cleaning device to the hospitality industry.
The remotely operated system uses ultraviolet to decontaminate both the air and surfaces in a room, claimed to kill 99.9999% of pathogens. The tower is designed to allow an entire room to be cleaned in minutes, and as the system is network-connected, reports can be created to monitor and evaluate activity, providing certification which can be presented online or on premises to reassure customers and workforces.
Nanoclave cabinets are also available, utilising the same UV technology to allow the cleaning of smaller items such as menus, remote controls, equipment or even uniforms.
To ensure social distancing is maintained within the workplace, Contrac IT has also worked with a number of partners to bring together a range of wearable tech to help keep employees safe.
Available as a lanyard, wristband or high vis vest, the technology alerts the wearer when they get too close to another member of the team. Recording how many incidents and the length of time people are in contact can then be useful in determining if any additional training or adjustments to facilities are needed.
A third piece of technology can monitor both employees and customers as they enter premises with thermal imaging cameras, detecting anyone who may be experiencing a higher than normal temperature, so further investigation can take place.
All the devices, which are GDPR compliant, can be monitored 24-hours a day by Contrac IT to enable corrective action as required.
Contrac IT MD Mark Harding said: “We’ve launched this suite of products in response to the requests we were getting from our existing clients. Everyone is keen to get business back up and running but it has to be done safely – and quite rightly, people felt a few lines of tape on the floor weren’t really enough.
“It became obvious to us that to really make workplaces safe the virus had to be tackled from all sides – ensuring those who are infected symptomatically and asymptomatically don’t spread it to others, through detection and properly controlled social distancing, as well as making sure the virus is unable to survive in the environment. Coronavirus is an airborne illness but standard cleaning can only tackle surfaces and is often patchy in its coverage, whereas UV cleaning also destroys any virus particles in the air as well as on surfaces.
“The three tech solutions we’ve brought together can be tailored to a specific business. They can help safeguard the health and wellbeing of employees and customers in a range of hospitality settings, be it a restaurant, pub or hotel.
“One of the most important aspects of these new tools is the reassurance they give employers, employees and customers that the situation is being monitored closely and managed in a systematic way using some really strong tech solutions. These are worrying times and people need to feel safe if we’re to get businesses back on their feet.”