It has become increasingly important to control the spread of Coronavirus through monitoring key symptoms, such as a fever. To reduce the risk to the key workers and patients of University Hospital Llandough from doing this manually, Oprema, the renowned Cardiff-based multi-brand distributor of security equipment, and its partner, Dahua Technology, the globally-renowned solutions provider in the global video surveillance industry, has donated a thermal imaging solution to the facility. Thermal imaging solution This high-tech thermal imaging solution can automatically detect a person’s temperature in less than a second without the need for personal contact, providing the hospital with an accurate primary screening solution. The process currently being used by many hospitals largely involves frontline health and other key workers using a handheld infrared thermometer to measure peoples’ temperatures as they enter and exit a facility. Temperature monitoring The Dahua Thermal Solution has an accuracy of ±0.3℃ and removes the need for handheld thermometers For this method to work, the individual conducting the temperature monitoring of people has to get very close to the potentially infected person, thereby increasing the risk of the virus being transmitted. These manual checks are also very time-consuming in an environment where no-one wants to wait longer than necessary, considering the threat of the infection. The Dahua Thermal Solution has an accuracy of ±0.3℃ and removes the need for handheld thermometers, so as to reduce the risk to staff and speeding up the patient entry process. Dahua Thermal Solution By combining the latest CCTV and thermal temperature measurement technology, the donated solution is capable of automatically detecting if a person has a higher-than-normal body temperature, and can screen individuals or larger groups simultaneously. As a comparison, using a handheld forehead thermometer to measure the temperatures of 5,000 people would take over four hours roughly. With the Dahua Thermal Solution, which is capable of measuring three people per second, checking the temperature of 5,000 people takes just approx. 30 minutes. Alarm indicators for high risk individuals The donated thermal solution has been installed in the Trauma & Orthopaedics Department at University Hospital Llandough. Should someone enter the space with a high temperature, an alarm sounds as an indication that they are potentially carrying a virus and should be checked by a medical professional. Chris Wilson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Trauma & Orthopaedics at University Hospital Llandough, commented, “We need to keep our clinic going during the current crisis, now for trauma patients and also later on for patients suffering with pain and disability waiting for urgent assessment.” Secure thermal screening solution The donated thermal solution will be a huge help to our team in screening patients quickly and effectively" He adds, “The donated thermal solution will be a huge help to our team in screening patients quickly and effectively, without putting those doing the measuring at unnecessary risk of infection themselves. Thank you to Oprema and Dahua for donating this great solution, it is really helpful in this current climate and very much appreciated by our team.” Matthew Epps, Managing Director at Oprema, added, “Being our local hospital, we wanted to donate the Dahua Thermal Solution to University Hospital Llandough to help in the fight against COVID-19, reducing the risk to our community’s frontline keyworkers and freeing up time for them to perform other critical functions”. Easy installation and operation Matthew further stated, “The same solution has been implemented in other environments requiring the screening of a high volume of people since the beginning of the pandemic, including airports and NHS Nightingale. We’re really pleased to be doing our bit locally by donating one of these systems to University Hospital Llandough.” Installation of this rapidly deployable solution requires very little disruption to general operations and can be up and running in as little as 24 hours from point of order.
Oprema have been awarded Dahua UK & Ireland distributor of the year for 2018. Having won the award in previous years, Oprema are delighted to announce the news that they have once again been credited for their work with Dahua in 2018. Authorised Dahua UK Distributor Oprema are one of the largest suppliers of Dahua products to the UK market now holding £5 million worth of stock across the business; CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire. Oprema are also authorised training partners for Dahua and hold regular training courses at their HQ for their customers to attend. Competitive price point Commenting on the award, Managing Director, Matthew Epps said: “I’m thrilled that Oprema have been presented with Dahua UK & Ireland Distributor of the Year for 2018. The Dahua range offers market leading technology at a competitive price point. From working together for many years, the companies have grown together and will continue to do so. We are extremely proud to have been presented with this award.” Dahua UK & Ireland General Manager Lilia Zhang has said “We are proud to once again award Oprema with our Dahua UK & Ireland Distributor of the Year award. Our relationship with the company and those within it has grown over the years and is continuing to do so. We look forward to the future with Oprema.”
Cardiff-based Oprema, the UK’s multi-brand distributor of security equipment, is creating 15 new jobs and has moved to a new 15,000 sq ft premises after securing an £850,000 co-investment from HSBC and Finance Wales. The funding comprised a £350,000 commercial mortgage and £100,000 VAT loan from HSBC, and £400,000 from Finance Wales to refurbish the new premises, which completed in June. The HSBC funding forms part of a £2.6 million finance facility it has in place with Oprema to help it grow its import business and to support the day-to-day running of the company. Creating new job opportunities Matthew Epps, Managing Director at Oprema, comments, “The whole team is really excited about the future of the company, especially the recent move to our new premises in Cardiff. The move took place at the end of June, creating 15 new jobs and further expanding the reach and capabilities of our operation and distribution. This expansion allows for a greater stock holding of up to £5 million and improved logistics, putting us in an even stronger position to handle the needs of even the largest installers.” "The Oprema management team has a strong track record in growing businesses as well as extensive experience of the sector" Warren Lewis, HSBC’s Head of Corporate Banking in South Wales, added, “HSBC has banked Oprema since 2013, but it has been the last couple of years where we’ve seen the business start to grow rapidly. Matt has a clear vision for the business and we have been impressed by his tenacity and professionalism during this incredibly busy time. By introducing Oprema to Finance Wales we have been able to work collaboratively and strategically to ensure Matt received a funding package that was tailored to his needs, and we continue to support the business with multi-million pound facilities that will help it realise its future growth ambitions.” Training and demonstration suite The new headquarters has undergone a full refurbishment, including the development of a specialist pre-configuration centre within the technical support department and creation of a purpose-built training and demonstration suite. Featuring a retractable wall, the training and demonstration suite provides a flexible space to host a range of events, from large scale open days to more intimate sales meetings, enabling Oprema to better support and showcase new and existing leading technology brands. Leanna Davies, Senior Portfolio Executive and Navid Falatoori, Investment Executive who structured the investment for Finance Wales, said: “The Oprema management team has a strong track record in growing businesses as well as extensive experience of the sector. Their detailed plans show an ambition for rapid and sustainable growth. We were delighted to work with HSBC to structure an investment to support their growth. As an active co-investor we’re always eager for opportunities to work on commercial investments with other funders. It’s been a pleasure to work on this deal with Oprema and the team at HSBC.”