The Brookfield Group specializes in making certain office computer equipment is secure and the Wi-Fi works.
When the coronavirus pandemic forced most people to work from home, the IT solutions company looked for ways to help stay-at-home workers.
“We started looking at solutions on how to give the same kind of safety, peace of mind and security when you are not at the office,” said Matt MacBeth, chief innovation officer for the Carmel company. “We’re able to shift away from having the standard IT stuff at your office and start making virtual cloud solutions to give you the same firewall and cybersecurity protections.”
The next step was how to transition back as offices reopen.
“Some of our customers are large food manufacturers or other manufacturers in town, and they were looking at how do we get people back into the offices to get back to work so they can get their customers back in and start the economy back up,” MacBeth said. “The first wave was, we should take people’s temperatures. If your temperature is in the right range and you feel healthy, you are allowed back into work. We started down the route of, if there’s a way to use a camera to grab people’s temperatures as they walk through the door.”
MacBeth said there are two issues with thermal camera systems.
“One is they only work if you are inside in a normal, controlled environment, so if you are outside waiting to get into work, they don’t really work well,” he said. “The second issue we found is they are just not available. Any kind of automative temperature scanning system is somewhere around a 12-week backup, so we had to make a system that works with what is available right now to get us through the next 12 weeks.”
So, Brookfield created an automative temperature logging system that works with an iPad or other mobile device that can integrate to an existing thermometer. MacBeth said one of the advantages is that it becomes a way to make sure the company is scanning everybody. The log helps keep the company from being liable because of documentation.
MacBeth, a Carmel resident, has been with The Brookfield Group for approximately one year after selling his company, pi lab, which created Edwin the Duck, a smart toy.
“I was looking for a new adventure,” MacBeth said. “I never thought I would be in the world of infrastructure and IT. It turns out it’s an awesome world and it’s a big platform to help a lot of people.”
For more, visit thebrookfieldgroup.com.