Wasps install Vodafone heat detection system at training ground

Friday, June 12, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

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Premiership rugby club Wasps have installed a new heat detection system at their training ground in an attempt to safeguard players and staff as they return after the coronavirus pandemic.

The Vodafone Heat Detection Camera is in place at the club’s Broadstreet training facility, and the news comes as Premiership rugby clubs return to non-contact training – subject to social distancing, daily screening, cleaning and hygiene requirements. 

The camera is located at the main entrance to the training ground and will screen the body temperature of everyone coming in. It combines thermal imaging with Vodafone’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology to screen temperatures and quickly analyse the results. 

“The Heat Detection Camera will be a useful tool in helping to safely reopen our facilities, and to provide reassurance to our staff, players and visitors that we are providing as safe an environment as we can,” said Stephen Vaughan, CEO, Wasps Group.

“We have a very strong partnership with Vodafone which allows us to work together to use their cutting-edge technology to help our club."

The camera can check the temperature of up to 100 people per minute, with thermal images then streamed securely and in real time to a laptop or mobile device where instant analytics provide a discreet alert that a person may have a raised temperature. 

Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK said: “It’s fantastic to see solutions like our Heat Detection Camera really making a difference as organisations get their people back to work while prioritising safety. The camera is one of a number of tools companies can use to help get through this challenging time.” 

According to the club, any alert will then be further investigated using standard clinical evaluation methods in order to determine whether any further action is necessary.