A few weeks ago the Wunderland Kalkar leisure park on the Dutch border reopened its doors and is finally able to once again offer lots of recreational fun as well as limited events. Due to the coronavirus, this is of course all taking place alongside reinforced safety measures. Implementing them presents a major challenge to Managing Director Han Groot Obbink, but for him they are an absolute necessity, as this concerns the safety and health of his guests.
And so Obbink decided to expand on obligatory safety measures in order to reduce the risk of contagion to an absolute minimum. This also applies to the hotel on the premises: at its entrance, Obbink, together with FiltaFry, installed a high temperature recognition system with a thermal imaging camera. ThermoGuard from FiltaFry recognizes persons with a high temperature in real time and sounds an alarm both visually and acoustically when a certain predetermined temperature is exceeded. In the event of this happening, a hotel staff member stands ready as the contact to arrange further measures.
“This screening means that people with a fever or an increased temperature – which can be a sign of corona infection - pose as little infection risk as possible to others”, says Obbink. “This means increased safety for our guests as well as our staff.” Obbink can dispel concerns that data is unlawfully stored: “ThermoGuard neither records the measuring data nor stores the image data.”
The advantages of the free standing screening station are that is it simple to use and requires minimal manpower. Up to 30 people per second can be screened, although there is also a ‘single’ ThermoGuard version. ThermoGuard was developed for and tested in international airports. Apart from its use in hotels, it is also suitable for reception and entrance areas of companies, events, stadiums, restaurants and public buildings, without disturbing the passage of people.
“We are receiving enormous positive feedback for ThermoGuard, and for as long as the coronavirus risk continues to exist, we will continue to use it”, says Obbink. “Nevertheless we are happy that to date, the alarm has not once triggered”.