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As one of the vital sectors that have continued to work throughout the pandemic, essential retailers and supermarkets are walking a tightrope between accessibility and adhering to the safety guidelines.
- How can retailers enforce rules such as social distancing and the wearing of face coverings within their security teams’ remit?
- What can a supermarket do to avoid anybody entering the store that has undisclosed COVID-19 symptoms?
- How can a grocery store protect their staff and customers, without having any resources to identify shoppers who should be self-isolating or shielding?
Options such as regular testing, plastic shields and additional decontamination facilities go but a small way to safeguard retail workers – many of whom have spent the last ten months exposed to hundreds (if not thousands) of people daily.
News just last week compounded that pressure, with reports that ministers now intend to implement ‘checks’ on supermarkets in Scotland and across the UK to make sure they are complying.
Let’s look at the options, and why advanced technological solutions can solve this conundrum in one fell swoop.
Supermarket Security and Pandemic Protection
It’s easy to find fault, but the more significant issue is around ‘blame’. Supermarkets are particularly critical since everybody needs to eat.
Furthermore, there are a proportion of people who will not follow government guidelines. Yet, even the national police forces have struggled with criticism about how they enforce those guidelines.
All Clearway Scotland security personnel have the appropriate training, accreditations and de-escalation skills required to do an outstanding job, but still often have limited powers to force unwilling shoppers to follow the rules.
Here is where technology offers a solution, which could significantly reduce risk exposure, help retailers manage their compliance, and safeguard workers across the board.
Body Temperature Cameras have been around for some time and have multiple applications. In the current climate, they could be rolled out more broadly:
- Detecting elevated temperatures means a fast way to identify members of the public, or employees, who should be self-isolating and not in a public place.
- Enhanced controls enable security teams to detect people not wearing masks automatically. In some cases, there is a medical exemption, which is permissible – but this functionality takes the burden off of manual checks across hundreds of shoppers.
- Faster checks and autonomous technology reduce the elevated cost burden on retail outlets in managing numbers of people in stores.
Besides, a technological detection system takes pressure away from security teams, who often do not have the workforce to check each person entering the premises individually. Cameras can check up to 30 people at once, making them ideal for busy retail environments.
Alarm-based activations enable managers to concentrate their efforts in other areas, such as ensuring that shoppers follow one-way traffic roots or maintain social distancing.
Applications of Body Temperature Detection Cameras to Combat Coronavirus
The way we live, work, and shop has changed significantly over the last ten months.
However, smart tech provides the opportunity to expedite safety checks with the benefit of leaving the trigger activations to a security system, rather than asking individual staff to decide whether they should permit individual access.
It also means that retailers can reduce their overheads on hand-held temperature checks and fully staffed entrance points with a streamlined solution that will manage all of these processes for them – with only one outlay.
Clearway Body Temperature Detection Systems can be tailored to a specific environment, with outstanding functionality, including:
- Safe thermal radiation temperature checking.
- Instant identification of people with an elevated temperature.
- Measurement accuracy with a tolerance of +0.5 °C or +0.3 °C.
- Simultaneous checks carried out on up to 30 people at once.
- Face detection settings.
- Real-time calibration to account for environmental interferences.
- All-weather protection, and so applicable in all weather conditions.
For any venues that must remain open during the lockdowns, it is vital to implement safety measures to protect people of all ages.
Particularly during restricted opening hours, there is a likelihood of higher visitor numbers. Retailers can meet the challenge of enforcing guidelines by using a failsafe detection system that cannot discriminate or make any mistakes in deciding where a high-risk scenario exists.
While many retailers have resorted to investing in multiple hand-held thermometers, these only allow one person to be checked at a time, while compromising the tester’s safety.
Body Temperature Detection is at the cutting-edge of security surveillance. It offers a critical solution that will help supermarkets deliver the highest safety standards while alleviating the pressure they are already under.
Contact Clearway Scotland for more information about temperature and face detection surveillance systems, or to arrange a consultation for your retail premises.