With everybody’s mind now firmly looking at carefully and at least partially re-opening their businesses and venues in the next weeks or months, it is important to think about where we are.
We see five phases to this:
1. pre- and on peak COVID19
2. post-peak COVID19 – in the next few months?
3. steady state manageable COVID19 – later 2020, or likely 2021?
4. post pandemic COVID19 – in the next couple of years?
5. post COVID-19 – once an adequate vaccine has been deployed worldwide – likely a few years out.
We are currently on phase (1) with a hope to get to phase (2) reasonably soon. Obviously depending on how things turn out. A second wave will put us back to different stages as they occur, so it is essential to try and avoid that.
At Mad Systems’, we have decided to take a very pro-active approach to our return to work. This ranges from simple solutions, such as procuring automatic soap and hand gel dispensers for in our restrooms and various other areas, and by having a hand cleaning gel dispenser for private use in every office to more comprehensive measures.
Before anyone enters the office, we are doing a forehead temperature check. Goods inwards are no longer received inside – we have a receiving area outside, under cover (easy to do in sunny California) where incoming goods are received and where they are disinfected before they are opened. That avoids having any unnecessary traffic in the building. Any non-essential goods will be left overnight on a rack in the lobby.
At night, our lobby, lab, and workshop is flooded with ozone, which is known to break down the corona virus. By leaving non-essential inward goods on racks, any virus on the outside of these packages will also be neutralized. From around midnight the ozone is turned off, and the air conditioning fans run to remove all traces of ozone before our first staff members enter the building.
All of our air conditioning returns are fitted with UVC lights, so that recirculated air is sterilized before being fed back into the building.
Our kitchen, which has two doors, has an interlock system whereby if the doors are closed, and there is no motion inside the kitchen, a warning sequence is sounded before the kitchen is flooded with UVC light from multiple sources so that every surface is sterilized between uses. The same applies to our restrooms – the only difference being that light sensors have been installed there to trigger the UVC light sources: since the lights in the rest rooms are automatic, the lights will go off when there is no one inside, which will cause the UVC light sources to be switched on.
Yes, we’re going out of our way – our staff are our company, and we’re doing our very best to keep them as safe as possible.
Now that we have made our working environment as safe as we reasonably can we have also been working hard on technology to allow for our clients to create a safe environment for their visitors.
Our visitors’ fears, real or imagined, need to be managed to encourage them back into theme parks, museums and visitor centers. Of course we need to ensure that these venues are adequately cleaned, that staff is being careful (and certainly wearing masks and gloves), and that other measures like one-way traffic and proper separation between people or family groups is maintained and seen.
We have gone a few steps further, and developed a host of non-contact technology including non-touch touchscreens, non-touch buttons and other interactive interfaces for future designs and possible retro-fits.