DeCurtis Corporation, the premier provider of location and proximity enabled solutions in complex, indoor environments with a focus on health, safety and security, operational enhancement and experience evolution announces the launch of DeCurtis Shield™ at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington in a pilot effort to enhance the health, safety and security of participating employees and special event visitors.
The nonprofit Woodland Park Zoo offers a safe, 92-acre urban forest retreat to Northwest communities, and now operates under enhanced safety protocols including guest and staff face coverings, social distancing and frequent cleaning. Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo engages more than a million visitors of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and walks of life in extraordinary experiences with animals, inspiring them to make conservation a priority in their lives. The zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in the wild through more than 35 wildlife conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Woodland Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and certified by the rigorous American Humane Conservation program. The Humane Certified™ seal of approval is another important validation of the zoo’s long-standing tradition of meeting the highest standards in animal welfare. Visit www.zoo.org and follow the zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“As a local destination, not only do we have our guests and staff to keep safe, but also the nearly 1,000 animals that call this place home,” says Michele Smith, Chief Financial Officer at Wood-land Park Zoo. “We’re excited to see how this pilot can add layers of protection and peace of mind in a place that has become a true community oasis.”
DeCurtis Shield™ will launch as a pilot for guest services employees and special event group visitors. DeCurtis Shield™ Kiosks will assess temperature using smart thermography cameras at the thermal brain tunnel with patent-pending methodology to provide the fastest and most accurate body temperature. Shield Kiosks can be used at any security entry or exit point in the zoo or event venues on property to seamlessly screen for elevated body temperature.
“We are extremely impressed with the Woodland Park Zoo’s health protocols to date and our solution, DeCurtis Shield™ will now create additional value, efficiency and enhance their current processes,” said Camille Olivere, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, DeCurtis Cor-poration. “Not only will employees and visitors have additional confidence, we see many implications to leverage our technology to achieve the zoo’s objective to further enhance operational efficiency and visitor experience in the future.”
The program launches August 25 and will run for sixty days. If successful, the zoo may expand the effort to a wider scale for employees and select guests.