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TDSi launches Track and Trace function with COVID-19 containment in mind

01 May 2020

INTEGRATED SECURITY solutions manufacturer TDSi has announced the launch of its free Track and Trace module for the company's powerful EXgarde security management software.

Track and Trace is designed to help organisations investigate and map the movement of those individuals potentially infected with COVID-19 (or any other dangerous pathogen) so that people who have potentially come into contact with them can self-isolate or seek medical testing/assistance.

In conversation with Security Matters, TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “The Track and Trace module has been rapidly developed in response to global requirements to help contain and fight the spread of COVID-19. Access control systems are very well placed to not only restrict movement, but also accurately record it. TDSi has an ongoing mission of delivering peace of mind, so we're making Track and Trace available as a free download to all users of EXgarde as part of our commitment to help organisations meet the current needs and requirements of the pandemic.”

EXgarde software

As stated, the Track and Trace module uses the EXgarde software to make a detailed database enquiry, reporting on the movements of specific individuals as they pass through secured access points.

Installed as an application in the EXgarde system, it gives an accurate account of other individuals that have used access points that the infectious person has been in contact with. This data helps managers assess and test those who could be in danger of infection, as well as enabling the cleaning of relevant areas and the introduction of isolation measures where appropriate.

Davies added: “A big part of bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to heel is tracking infections and preventing the further spread of the disease. We've already seen the likes of Apple and Google working on smart phone apps to track contact by infected people, but this requires individuals to actively participate. On the other hand, electronic access control systems don't just rely on people having the right device and app in place. They can track anyone who enters a secured area via their specific credentials.”

Detailed view

As a free addition to TDSi EXgarde installations, Track and Trace is perfect for any type of organisation and facility from office and business premises (ranging from SMEs to large multi-national enterprises) through to factories and logistics centres, utilities sites, schools, universities (including multi-site and large campuses) and crucial hospitals and healthcare centres.

At any given time, EXgarde provides a quick, but detailed view of how many occupants are within a designated area, with all the access events of any key holder. Operators can use the TDSi EXPostOffice tool to gather notifications of events (focusing on specific key holders and/or the readers that have been touched).

Davies concluded: “Governments around the world are setting in motion plans for testing, tracking and tracing as a way of bringing their populations and economies out of lockdown. Security systems can play a vital part in assisting with these efforts. We're immensely proud to be assisting by ensuring that our systems enable security operators to take a decisive lead in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus.”

*To download Track and Trace for free visit: https://tdsi-product-registration.com/ TDSi can also assist with bespoke requirements. Call 01202 723535 0r send an e-mail to sales@tdsi.co.uk to discuss specific requirements