THE infectious and deadly coronavirus disease Covid-19 has hit many countries on all continents.
On March 11, the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic and many countries started restricting movement of people to mitigate the disease’s exponential spread.
How technology helps
Mitigating the risks of Covid-19 infection in workplaces or business premises and assisting in contact tracing are examples of how technology can bridge the gaps to battle the virus.
“As a leading provider of integrated IT solutions in Asia with a track record of success spanning over 60 years, HKBN JOS has yet again harnessed technology as part of the response to battle Covid-19, ” said HKBN JOS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Steven Soo.
“HKBN JOS’s Smart IoT Thermal Detection Solution helps businesses across industries to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 infection at their premises.”
HKBN JOS has a strong heritage in the region and has earned customers’ trust through a reputation of high quality and always taking the long-term view in their best interests.
‘HKBN JOS has yet again harnessed technology as part of the response to battle Covid-19, ’ said Soo.
The situation in Malaysia
Currently, the country is under a movement control order (MCO) which involves social distancing, avoiding mass gathering, closing of schools, working from home and reducing unnecessary travel.
These restrictions set by the Government are to break the chain of Covid-19 infections as best as possible.
Business hours are also restricted. These include sundry shops, convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants and food and beverage (F&B) outlets in hotels (dine-in service is banned, only takeaways and deliveries are allowed), vehicle workshops and shops selling spare parts.
On top of that, only one person can represent the family to carry out essential matters and shop for necessities.
The health ministry is also working closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 within the community, including contact tracing for health screening.
Meanwhile, 409 government buildings have been gazetted as quarantine stations nationwide to house Malaysians who return from Covid-19 hotspots overseas.
As of April 7, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Malaysia rose by 170, bringing the total to 3,963. While 1,321 patients have recovered so far, there were 63 deaths reported.
The health ministry director-general has also cautioned of a rise in new cases and added that Covid-19 could reach its peak in mid-April.
Protect your employees and customers
Soo believes organisations can play a role by conducting stringent temperature checks for employees and customers in offices and retail spaces as the first line of defence.
He said HKBN JOS (Malaysia) is launching the Smart IoT Thermal Detection Solution (SITD Solution).
It is a cost-effective and well-timed service that uses advanced internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) thermal tracking technologies to detect abnormal body temperatures.
This could help identify suspected infection before individuals enter offices, restaurants, retailers or schools.
This convenient contactless body temperature tracking solution supports real-time monitoring, smart alerts and record uploads via WiFi or 4G mobile network. With this solution, staff members don’t need to manually conduct thermal checking and avoid close proximity with those who may be infected.
Key features of SITD solution
Direct contact temperature detection:
It can scan the temperature of up to 20 people with an effective distance of 1m to 3m.
Real-time mobile app alert notifications:
Facial data storage will be captured in the system for 30 days in the event that contact tracing is required.
Automated workflow process:
Helps to alert management of any abnormalities in visitor’s temperature for necessary action to be taken.
Other key features of the SITD Solution.
Soo said the SITD Solution shows how technology is advantageous in its efforts to control the outbreak in these unprecedented times.
For example, contact tracing would help reduce the spread of the virus as earlier notification means better protection for you and those around us.
Affordable and easy to install
To make the SITD Solution affordable for companies and retailers during this challenging period, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), HKBN JOS (Malaysia) offers various SITD options to cater for the requirements of different businesses.
More sophisticated SITD options are also available for large-scale operations with higher requirements such as traffic volume, tracking and management.
Quick on-site installation within just a few hours by HKBN JOS (Malaysia)’s professional team can also be arranged at a time that’s convenient to business operators.
With over 29 service depots nationwide, HKBN JOS (Malaysia) has built a reputation of supporting businesses to adopt well thought-out SITD solution.