“TRACK and trace” software developed in Dorset is offering a way to record the movements of people potentially infected with Covid-19.

Businesses and other organisations can see where an individual has been while on their premises and with whom they have been in contact.

Poole-based security manufacturer TDSi has developed a track and trace module for its EXgarde security management software.

It says the track and trace application, provided free to users of the software, will enable those who may have come into contact with an infectious person to isolate or seek medical attention.

TDSi’s managing director, John Davies, said: “The Track and Trace module has been rapidly developed in response to global requirements to help contain and fight the spread of Covid-19.

“Access control systems are very well placed to not only restrict movement but also to accurately record it.

“TDSi has an ongoing mission of delivering peace of mind, so we are offering Track and Trace as a free download to all users of EXgarde as part of our commitment to help organisations meet the current pandemic needs and requirements.”

The module enables users of EXgarde to find out the movements of individuals passing secured access points.

It reveals which other individuals have used the same access point, helping managers assess and test those in danger of infection. Managers will also be able to clean the relevant areas and introduce isolation measures where appropriate.

Mr Davies said: “A big part of bringing the Covid-19 pandemic to heel is tracking infections and preventing the further spread of the disease.

“We have already seen the likes of Apple and Google working on smartphone apps to track contact by infected people, but this requires individuals to actively participate. On the other hand, electronic access control systems do not just rely on people having the right device and app in place. They can track anyone who enters a secured area via their credentials.”

TDSi says the software can be used on all kinds of business premises as well as schools, universities, hospitals and healthcare cdentres.

Mr Davies added: “Governments around the world are setting in motion plans for testing, tracking and tracing as a way of bringing their populations and economies out of lockdown. Security systems can play a vital part in assisting in these efforts. TDSi is immensely proud to be assisting by ensuring our systems enable security operators to take a decisive lead in limiting the spread of infection.”