A news round-up of stories in the FM sector
Dräger Safety UK, part of The Dräger Group, has launched a 3D digital hazard-mapping technology to help companies to improve gas safety and comply with the new British Standard (BS60080:2020), which provides guidance on the placement of permanently installed flame and gas detection devices using software tools. A 3D map is created by using sitemaps, fire and gas plot plans and process diagrams. Then simulation modelling is applied, paying attention to airflow and the potential for gases to gather and pool across the site. The result is a plan identifying where gas and flame detectors need to be placed, and how many – eliminating the need for superfluous devices and reducing the risk of false alarms.
Airx Spray N Go, from the Bullen Companies, has received EPA approval for a new, shorter dwell time of only 30 seconds against SARS-CoV-2. This product is a one-step hospital-use germicidal cleaner and odour-neutraliser designed for general cleaning, disinfecting and deodorising of hard, non-porous inanimate surfaces. Quickly removes dirt, grime, food residue, blood and other organic matter commonly found in hospitals, in healthcare facilities and on medical surfaces.
Norse Group is increasing its commitment to support people leaving the armed forces and aims to become an ‘employer of choice’ for veterans and service families. As part of its plan to further develop its workforce post-pandemic, it signed the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant this month. The group employs 10,000 people across the UK, in both public and commercial sectors. Many of its frontline services are provided in partnership with local authorities, including those rolled out to support the Covid response. Veterans and reservists interested in a role with the group should visit: www.norsegroup.co.uk/careers/
iOFFICE, the workplace experience and asset management software-as-a-service solutions provider, has launched a hardware integration and reseller partnership with IoT sensor provider VergeSense. To ease concerns about a post-pandemic return to the office, organisations need to adjust the workplace based on how employees are using each space. By combining VergeSense’s intelligent optical sensors and iOFFICE’s space planning software, workplace leaders can measure, analyse, and act quickly on usage insights from a single interface and at a single purchase point. The native integration layers anonymous, real-time occupancy data directly onto floor plans within iOFFICE, where facilities teams can visualise and respond to trends by reconfiguring the office as demand changes.
SWARCO Traffic is installing an intelligent flood warning system for North Yorkshire County Council to divert drivers from a flood-prone stretch of the A684 between Bainbridge and Wensley in the North Yorkshire Dales. The system comprises five intelligent flood detection sensors that detect when surface water levels rise and seven full-colour matrix RGB signs that indicate flooding and road closures as they occur. The signs will be managed by SWARCO’s intelligent cloud-based ZEPHYR solution that enables messages to be set remotely from anywhere at any time. The system will be running by the end of August.
Rensair has launched a portable hospital-grade air purifier that combines H13 HEPA filtration with UVC light to destroy more than 99.97 per cent of airborne bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus family. Rensair's technology was developed in Denmark to meet the strict air quality requirements of Scandivavian hospitals. Its efficacy is documented by several independent scientific laboratories, including Eurofins, Norconsult, and Oslo University Hospital.
Software developer Helastel, partnering with Illeso, has launched Intelastel – a health and safety compliance application for the construction market. The app digitises the industry’s current paper-based health and safety processes, moving documentation onto the cloud to enable secure on-demand online access from a web browser or mobile device for filing, archiving and retrieval. It allows documentation to be shared across development sites – to follow operatives moving jobs, for instance – cutting paperwork and risk of litigation due to improved site compliance and the removal of administration errors.