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Bluezone taps into better Legionella control after £685,000 investment

Launching the Bluezone Technologies’ Legionella management system are the Newry firm's chief executive Adrian Byrne (left) and technical director Pat McDonald

NEWRY-based built environment software specialist Bluezone Technologies has invested £685,000 to launch a new innovation aimed at facilitate round the clock monitoring and control of Legionella and water-borne bacteria.

The ‘no touch’ management system consisting of BluezoneTemp and BluezoneFlo incorporates sensor technology to remotely monitor water temperatures and provide real time intelligent analysis to the devices of those responsible for their occupants’ health and wellbeing, all without human interaction.

Bluezone Technologies (www.bluezone24.com) has a reputation for creating operational efficiencies through its software and well-established Bluezone24 platform for managing the organisational, contractor and compliance requirements of buildings and assets.

Directors Adrian Byrne from Co Down and industrial microbiologist Pat McDonald, who between them have more than 60 years of industry experience, were quick to recognise that technology was the way forward and set about developing a solution with their many years of knowledge to guide them.

The firm's technical director Pat McDonald said: “Legionella control and monitoring is still largely focused on paper-based procedures, but the appetite for an easy-to-instal sensor alongside a user-friendly platform with quick reporting dashboards was clear.

“By rolling-out Bluezone24 across their facilities, forward-looking companies are leveraging a proven purpose-built Legionella management solution to ensure their compliance and achieve a measurable return on investment.

“More and more companies are being driven by data, including the industries we come from. BluezoneTemp and BluezoneFlo can be installed in new builds and retrofitted with minimal intrusion and without any required access to buildings’ IT data networks, and those who are responsible for environmental or Legionella in their building will now have a wealth of data – delivered right to their mobile phones if needed – to support or guide their decision making.”

Chief executive Adrian Byrne added: “At a minimum, BluezoneTemp captures daily temperatures and transmits the data via the world’s largest IoT network to the cloud hosted Bluezone24 platform.

“It is here the true intelligence and efficiencies of the platform are seen. Property and facilities managers can clearly see out of range temperatures and can plan any remedial work they may need to carry out. They can do this through other add-on modules in the same platform including assigning contractors to a task.

“We were already in the latter stages of R&D with an automatic flushing unit in early 2020, but following the coronavirus outbreak, the need for such a device, and the technology to support it, accelerated.

“The device complements its temperature-taking counterpart by automatically flushing an outlet and reporting back to the platform, creating true autonomy.

“Vitally, the platform records these events in digital form with a complete asset history, and perhaps more importantly during these times, there is no physical visit required to that asset or site.”

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