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Welsh Water Dwr Cymru Case Study

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BACKGROUND

Welsh Water is the sixth-largest of ten regulated water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. Unique amongst its peers, Welsh Water puts every penny back into looking after our Nation’s water and beautiful environment.

Responsible for providing over three million people with 828 million litres of water daily, as well as the disposal of the waste water, it could be argued that they are the most essential company in Wales.

With over 3000 employees across four large sites, the Covid-19 Crisis has created a significant operational challenge for Welsh Water to balance the delivery of their services whilst safeguarding their staff and the public.

PROJECT INITIATION

CDS Security Systems are experts in designing and integrating security systems that take into account evolving business requirements.

Committed to minimising the risk of Covid-19 in their work environments, Welsh Water consulted with CDS Security Systems to identify additional risk reducing solutions that would complement the array of measures already being implemented.

We proposed the installation of thermal imaging cameras at the main entrances to each of the four large offices to monitor employees and so help prevent the virus from contaminating the buildings, as well as giving employees further confidence that everything was being done for their safe return to work.

DELIVERY

Indigo Vision, who are the incumbent technical partner, supplied five thermal cameras combining the latest thermal sensor technology with a heat radiator device.

This measures a person’s skin temperature, enabling subjects to be screened even if they are wearing a face mask. "It’s a solution built for today’s world, where saving time is more important than ever".

Accurate to within ±0.3°C, with a black box, the system also features a built-in AI algorithm for multi-person measurements up to 3m away, enabling fast, non-contact access.

Connected to a traffic light system, the thermal cameras identify if an employee's temperature is under 38 degrees on entry, turning the light green and allowing access. If an employee is over 38 degrees, the traffic light turns red. They are automatically restricted access and are guided to an isolation room, where they can be checked again with a medical thermometer.

PROJECT COMPLETION

Following strict Covid-safe processes, our team installed five Thermal Cameras across the four large sites within two weeks.

Welsh Water continues to review and develop their safety measures and implement a strategically phased return to work for their staff, in line with Government guidelines and a continuously evolving situation.

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