A cutting-edge project undertaken by IDIS and Galeco Communications to improve protection for vulnerable adolescent and child mental health patients, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Safety & Health Excellence Awards.
The 150-plus camera system, from Korea’s leading video technology manufacturer, was installed in stages over 9 weeks, to create one of the UK’s safest secure treatment centres for young people with complex care needs, reducing risks of physical harm to staff, patients and visitors.
The project has now been selected out of more than 200 entries for this year’s SHE Awards, and is confirmed as a finalist in the Best Health & Safety Project category. The winners will be announced in September.
Galeco engineers installed 110 IDIS 12MP IR Super Fisheye cameras and more than 50 5MP IR bullet and 31x zoom IR PTZ cameras, connected to 32-channel NVRs. All benefit from true plug-and-play set up, minimising disturbance to patients. Deployed across three secure wards and two high care units, the Super Fisheyes provide comprehensive coverage much more affordably than the alternative of using three or more fixed lens cameras. Advanced video capture delivers high-definition scene coverage and allows staff to dewarp in live view as well as playback.
The 5MP bullet cameras were deployed by Galeco engineers around the building exteriors, and at the perimeter 31x zoom IR PTZ cameras provide clear night-time image capture at distances up to 200m. Each camera is set to perform virtual guard tours, periodically, day and night. Featuring automatic object detection capability, these cameras recognise and automatically track objects, people, or cars, alerting operators to suspicious activity and ensuring that potentially important evidence is always recorded.
To meet patient privacy requirements, access to live and recorded footage, and use of specific video tools, is limited to staff according to their location and role. Individuals can only view and review footage from their area of responsibility, at one of the four designated monitoring stations.
The result of the project has been improved safety standards and care provision, with clinicians and senior administrators able to use new video review tools for training, case review, and incident investigations.
“At a time when our fantastic NHS staff are in everyone’s thoughts, we are grateful that we’ve been able to make a contribution towards keeping people safe – doctors, care workers, patients and everyone who works with them,” says Ali Copland, Managing Director of Galeco Communications.
The project further demonstrates the value of team working and the application of smart technology to improve outcomes, said James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe.
“Together Galeco Communications and IDIS show what can be achieved at such a complex site, in sensitive circumstances, by taking a partnership approach.”