SCC: harnessing thermal fever detection to combat COVID-19
Leading IT solutions provider - SCC - is helping the UK respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 with innovative thermal fever detection.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to affect the UK, organisations are preparing for the day that operations will resume. In their preparations organisations will need to demonstrate that they are making proactive measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of employees and customers.
Leading IT solutions provider in Europe - SCC - is helping the UK in this response to the crisis with innovative thermal fever detection technology.
The technology is already being extensively tested within hospitals, restaurants and airports using devices such as handheld and fixed multi-camera systems to record body temperatures and identify anyone displaying signs of fever. In addition the devices provide real-time alerts to help prevent the spread of the virus.
SCC states that the future of protecting people will be the use of thermal fever detection to enable safe social distancing and help accelerate authorisation for businesses to reopen by the government and relevant authorities.
SCC’s technology can be used in any environment with human traffic and is reported to be rapidly adopted by governments, transport authorities and retailers worldwide.
“When the UK is ready to ease strict lockdown measures, we will see permanent changes to the way we live and work, and all businesses will need to implement new protective measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases by reducing the opportunity for transmission,” commented James Rigby, SCC Chief Executive.
“Critically, all businesses must be in a position to demonstrate that safe social distancing measures are in place before the country is able to mobilise again, and SCC’s Thermal Fever Detection solution could be an important component of solutions enabling this, helping companies regain consumer confidence and begin to recover from the most unprecedented economic event of modern times.”
SCC has installed a mobile thermal temperature detection system in the staff entrance at Bournemouth Airport to monitor signs of high temperatures before the employee can socialise with colleagues.
The next deployment phase at the airport will be the introduction of a multi-camera system at each entry point enabling border staff to intercept any passengers showing signs of high temperature.
By deploying this technology alongside other measures airports can begin to reopen for business safely and reduce the risk of a second wave of COVID-19.
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GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”