Derby IT Firm’s £1M Software Could Help Hospitality Sector Recovery

Derby IT Firm’s £1M Software Could Help Hospitality Sector Recovery

A Derby based IT solutions firm’s £1m development is being hailed as a weapon in the UK’s armoury in getting the country’s hospitality sector open for business in the wake of Covid-19.

Derby-based RDS Global’s innovative Black Box Edge™ is being tailored for use in both the hospitality and retail sector- and is set to provide details on the take-up of hand sanitiser, identify who has used it within an organisation, control entry to a business premises, and even check people’s temperature.

The Black Box Edge™ is a ‘cloud’-based software solution and is one of the only consolidated sanitisation technology solutions, which is expected to be instrumental in the recovery of the UK’s shops, pubs, clubs, cafes and hotels.

The launch comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his statement last week that the industry - one of the hardest-hit by lockdown - could start to re-open from July 4, if social distancing was possible.

Andy Flinn, chief executive officer at RDS, and his team, have created the new Black Box Edge™ concept, he said:

“RDS is working with partners providing health and safety in the hospitality and retail sectors, and we have been working tirelessly to add our unique technology to electronic dispensing stands, to provide data regarding the use of sanitiser and order refill requirements.

"The system is now so sophisticated that if an individual is running high on the temperature check there will be a recorded note, to not allow access for a minimum 14 days, and to raise an alert if the conditions are not followed.”

The RDS Black Box™ which was launched last summer, has formed the basis for the Black Box Edge™, and took just over two years to develop.

The unique patent pending solution from the firm, founded in 1997, aims to revolutionise the way industry functions and is capable of connecting different systems and controllers, and porting multiple data feeds into one place.


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