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O2 Business rolls out services for workplaces and public spaces


O2 continues "for the national good messaging", offering the suite which is designed to enable fast, safe and secure access in partnership with Bell Integration.

It includes devices from thermal scanners to contactless visitor management and is available to O2 business customers – O2 is deploying similar precautions at its HQ in southeast England.
The products can also be used to provide monitored access to public buildings like gyms and restaurants.

The suite includes:
• Thermal Imaging Tablet with Contactless Visitor Management – a single platform containing an infrared temperature sensing tablet, which can read surface body temperature (accurate to +/- 0.3 °C) from a distance of one metre, and a contactless check-in. Visitors will have a unique QR code to verify their attendance. All visitors' data will be secure and its storage and use will be GDPR compliant. According to O2, it can support the government’s track and trace efforts if required.
• Handheld Thermal Imaging Scanner – this IoT solution is accurate to 0.5 degrees with a single camera and can be used in controlled locations with a limited number of people, or busy places like airports, transport services and public spaces.
• Social Distancing Room Management – monitors the people count and occupancy status of communal areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and meeting areas. A  digital display unit shows green or red to indicate whether when it is safe in accordance with social distancing rules.

Reopening doors

Jo Bertram, Managing Director at O2 Business, said, “We’re delighted to be rolling out these new solutions to help British business reopen their doors safely. During lockdown, connectivity became one of the UK’s most valued services and we have continued to look at ways we can use our customer-centric networks to support this country.
“As we look to rebuild Britain, these new COVID-19 solutions will help minimise the risk of spreading the virus as the nation returns to work – through automation and reducing moments of physical interaction. It will not only help businesses get back on their feet but bolster their confidence as they reopen their doors over the coming weeks and months.”

Last month, O2 Business announced a new suite of digital solutions including virtual queuing, staff scheduling and appointment booking technologies – which allowed O2 to reopen its retail stores – to a range of O2 customers including retailers, supermarkets, stadia and healthcare businesses.