Two Poolview Plus+ Install Teams in the North East

 Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection System in the North East of England

Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection System in the North East of England

Two pools and two install teams providing "Blended Lifeguarding" in the North East of England this week, before we push north into Scotland next week.

Poolview Plus+ is our Computer Vision System for then Detection of Drowning Accidents and Incidents in Swimming Pools. Providing Lifeguards with much needed support in their difficult role.

With a further 12 Poolview Plus+ Systems to install (in this block) between now and September, Poolview Limited have become well established as the UK's leading provider of Drowning Detection Technology

Poolview Plus+ - To the Manor Bourne

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Robin McGloughlin, Emma, Chris Day, Paul Brown, Craig Valentine and Steven Grainger at Poolview Plus+ commissioning

We are delighted to announce that we have installed and commissioned our first Poolview Plus+ Computer Vision Drowning Detection System for Warner Leisure Hotels and Bourne Leisure Limited at their Cricket St Thomas hotel.

The scene of much of the famous TV comedy, To The Manor Born, Cricket St. Thomas was also frequently visited by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. This classic country house is set in splendid parkland, with colourful gardens, lakes, and a unique woodland area. The hotel provides extensive entertainment, including nightly live performances, and excellent dining venues, including The Granary which is set in a pretty walled garden.

Making swimming safer for Warner Leisure Hotels

 

 

North East England - Poolview Plus+ Install

 Robin McGloughlin, Andrew English and Wally Wallis

Robin McGloughlin, Andrew English and Wally Wallis

On site Monday night just after the last swimmer left the pool.

Andy and Wally, checking RAMS, install instructions and first fix routes before commencing the latest Poolview Plus+  computer vision system for the detection of possible drowning incidents in swimming pools.

All set for second fix team by Thursday and on to the next install.

Bringing Blended Lifeguarding to the fore!

 

Poolview Plus+ 1 Year On - 21 and Counting

 Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding 

Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding 

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Hard to believe that it has only been 12 months since we won the "Best Facility Innovation" award for our Poolview Plus+ Computer Vision system for the Detection of Drowning Incidents at Elevate the UK's largest fitness & physical activity trade show.

At the time of our Poolview Plus+launch last May we had not installed a single computer driven drowning detection system in the UK. Indeed it was not until December 2017 that our first project was completed in central London at a prestigious private members club who had the foresight to see the many benefits for their staff, members and brand.

In the past 12 months we have pushed, educated and encouraged our concept of Blended Lifeguarding, combining traditional methods of Lifeguarding and Technology to support Lifeguards in their role.

January saw a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in quick succession and this week we will be commissioning our ninth Poolview Plus+ installation of 2018.

Last week was one of those weeks you can only often dream about. Not only have we finalised plans for the installation of five Poolview Standard Systems, but also received an order for twelve Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection Systems to be commissioned before the end of September!

One top of that, we secured Poolview Plus+ in five new-build projects!It

Exciting and interesting times ahead I am sure as we focus our efforts on supporting Lifeguards and reducing the instances of near misses or drowning incidents in our swimming pools

If you missed our Poolview Plus+ video - here it is again

Poolview Plus+ and Water Clarity

Standing on the deck of your pool, looking down into it - looking across - you can see the lane lines, even the grout lines, water sparkling - crystal clear you think.

Perhaps not!

We arrive on site sometimes, drop a camera in to look across the the pool and the “fog” appears after lane 4.

If the camera can’t see - we can’t detect - simple

Sometimes the incredulous look from the Manager as he/she says “but my water readings are perfect, Free Chlorine is 1.5ppm (mg/l) my combined is 0.5 and my total 2.0 - how can that be?” 

Often at this stage the Manager can get quite defensive (as well as a little hurt)

I often thought that maintaining pool water was a little bit of a “black art”, it takes someone with a keen interest in water chemistry, a sound knowledge of the plant room and of course well trained.

It’s the sign of the times that so very few swimming pools have their own dedicated “plant man” much of the duties fall into the laps of the already over stretched Duty Managers who may only “tip a nod” to the pool and do the water tests as trained.

So it is not so surprising that there are not so many on site who are well informed about turbidity (how many sites have a turbidity meter?)

So to try and explain a little more about turbidity and WHY we sometimes can’t see through water, I asked the man who knows more about swimming pool water than anyone else I have ever met - my friend and  colleague Robin Mitchell from Pioneering Pool Solutions who had this to say:-

 Robin Mitchell and Robin McGloughlin

Robin Mitchell and Robin McGloughlin

Turbidity in swimming pools is the measure of relative clarity of the pool water. The more suspended solids in the water the cloudier it appears and thus the higher the turbidity.  In short, turbidity is a measure of how cloudy the water is?

To measure turbidity in a swimming pool we use a term called nephelometric turbidity units or in short NTU’s.  The upper limit for swimming pools is 0.5NTU.  PWTAG recommend testing for turbidity regularly, using a turbidity meter. 

Should a swimming pool suffer from clarity issues and you are not able to see clearly across the pool with the cameras, a turbidity test would certainly be advisable

Establishing the cause of poor clarity is not often straightforward as it can be one or a combination of a number of factors.

In my experience however the 3 most common causes are these:-

  • Not using a coagulant or inefficient use of coagulants

Continuous flocculation is a process of binding impurities in the swimming pool water into larger particles which are big enough to be trapped in the filtration system. 

To do this we use a coagulant called Polyaluminium (PAC). 

Not dosing PAC appropriately can lead to cloudy water.  

Too little or too much or not being dosed continuously or even being used by hand through the strainer basket as opposed to constant dosing from an appropriate sized dosing pump.

Check that your coagulant dosing system is working correctly and ensure that the coagulant is being dosed at a rate of 0.1ml/m3 of the pool circulation rate

This leads us nicely into a second cause which is often high on the list:-

  • Poor circulation

If the inlets and surface draw off are not performing to the optimum, the pool water will not receive enough treatment and therefore turbidity can increase.  Should the turnover period be too long, this can also affect the clarity as the pool water will not be filtered within the recommended time. Many operators “turn down” the speed of their pumps to save on energy costs which will compound this problem.

You need to ensure a working flow meter is present in the plant room.  Aim for a 2.5 hour turnover period for a standard 25m pool.  Conduct a dye test prior to opening a pool or after refurbishment works have been carried out - ideally a dye test should be conducted at least once every 5 years

The third cause is often this:-

  • Having a poor backwashing regime

If the backwashing rate is poor or the process is not effective the filter media may not be cleaned properly after the backwash is conducted.  

This can lead to cloudy pool water seeping into the pool and/or the filters being inefficient?

You need to ensure the backwash rate follows the manufacturer instructions.  Only backwash the pool at the end of the working day unless dealing with gross contamination

Backwashes should be carried out when the pressure differential’s indicates that the filter is dirty. Normally when there is a difference of 0.5 bar of pressure between the inlet and outlet pressure gauges. It is expected that filters will require a backwash at least once per week

There are as I said other causes of high turbidity and these I can summarise as this:-

  • Ineffective or insufficient disinfectant – Should the chlorine level in the pool be very low bacteria can accumulate and cause the water to appear cloudy.  Also if the pH is too high the chlorine will not work effectively and again bacteria can accumulate within the pool water.

Cure - Test the pool water to ensure chlorine and pH levels are within the PWTAG guidelines?  Rectify levels that are out with parameters.

  • Poor filtration – lack of filter media, mud balling, undulations and channeling in the sand/glass media can cause issues with clarity and turbidity.

Cure - The use of medium rate filtration should be encouraged, as per PWTAG Guidelines.  Annual filter inspections will allow issues to be established at an early opportunity and subsequently allow operators to take action to resolve filtration problems.

  • High organics and chloramines Swimming pools with high levels of urine pollution are susceptible to high organic chloramines which can promote poor water clarity.

Cure - Improve pre swim hygiene regime, use of showers and toilets.   Install Ultra Violet radiation.  Ensure dilution rates equate to 30litres per bather per day.

  • High TDS - If TDS levels are more than 1000mg/l above source water levels the pool water may suffer from poor clarity and a salty metallic taste

Cure - Check sulphate and chloride levels as per PWTAG guidance (recommended sulphate levels <360mg/l)?  Ensure dilution rates equate to 30litres per bather per day, normally achieved through regular backwashing

  • Excessive water hardnessSwimming pools in hard water areas can suffer from high levels of calcium and carbonates, this can lead to murky water. 

Cure - Test source water to establish Calcium and alkalinity levels.  Try not to raise calcium levels above 300mg/l and alkalinity levels above 150mg/l

Very useful information from Robin Mitchell whom you contact directly for a no obligation chat on +44 7540 295234 or email rmitchell@pioneeringpoolsolutions.co.uk

From this you can hopefully understand that the usefulness and the effectiveness of a Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection Systems is reliant on having excellent water clarity.

Having spoken with a few Ops Managers and General Managers over the past while who had suffered from clarity issues, they have all said roughly the same thing. It is about being proactive - thinking ahead before busy periods, turning up the PAC a notch or backwashing at the optimum time. Follow the PWTAG guidelines and most problems can be readily resolved.

Maybe it isn't rocket science?

Poolview Plus+ to be installed after pool was "future proofed"

 Poolview Plus+ on it's way!

Poolview Plus+ on it's way!

Five years ago at design stage we managed to convince the developers of this leisure centre to "future proof" their swimming pool, by simply installing a number of camera niches into the pool tank whilst it was being cast.

Three years later the pool was completed and we covered the niches with blanking plates.

A further two years have elapsed since the facility was first opened to the public.

Today we were delighted to be given the instruction to install Poolview Plus+ and are able to use the niches installed all those years ago.

A little foresight goes a long way as five years ago the Poolview Plus+ "Blended Lifeguarding" Drowning Detection System was a mere pipe dream.

Great forward thinking!

Bluefox ST1 makes a splash with Poolview

 Bluefox ST1

Bluefox ST1

Absolutely thrilled and delighted to have finally received our Bluefox ST1 Swimmer Safety Bands for tests in the field and of course to make a new promotional film

The BlueFox ST1 raises an alert before something serious occurs.

It recognises when a swimmer is in trouble and triggers the alarm before others around have even recognised that someone near them is fighting for survival.

BlueFox ST1 recognises the depth you are swimming in and measures the time you are spending below a certain depth. Once you exceed the preset duration it will release a balloon with a loud siren to the water surface. This noisy alarm will attract the attention of all present people.

A true high quality Swiss made feat of engineering.

On sale soon through our website  

Everyone Active & Poolview Plus+

 Everyone Active Safety &amp; Quality Managers -&nbsp;Tim Waller (Group)&nbsp;&nbsp;George Lampshire - (Regional)

Everyone Active Safety & Quality Managers - Tim Waller (Group)  George Lampshire - (Regional)

A great day on site today, handing over our fourth Everyone Active Poolview Plus+ install of January, delivering staff training in partnership with Tim Waller and George Lampshire.

Blended Lifeguarding - Technology controlled by Lifeguards - This is no Game

 #thisisnogame

Poolview Plus+ Automatic Drowning Detection in Sheffield

 Leah Taylor, Jade Charles, Jon West &amp; Robin McGloughlin

Leah Taylor, Jade Charles, Jon West & Robin McGloughlin

In January 2018 we were delighted to commission and handover Poolview Plus+ to Places for People Leisure - Staff and Management at a pool in Sheffield.

Poolview plus+ is our Computer Vision System for the Detection of Drowning Incidents and Accidents in Swimming Pools.

Working on the principle of "Blended Lifeguarding" the technique which combines the traditional methods of pool supervision, safety and rescue with technology driven drowning detection and prevention systems, thus creating a working practice which harmonises the best capabilities of each to produce a safer swimming environment for all.

Preparing and supporting Lifeguards for the inevitable!

Four Poolview Plus+ Installations in January

 Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

2018 -Starting off with a bang!

Today sees the start of a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in England.

With two teams working in parallel throughout the length and breadth of the country we will have everyone operational before the end of the month.

Poolview Plus+ - taking Blended Lifeguarding to a new level

Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection in Saudi Arabia

Poolview Ltd are delighted to be in on site in Saudi Arabia measuring up for the installation of six Poolview Plus+ Computer Vision Systems for the detection of possible drowning accidents/incidents in swimming pools.

Poolview Plus+™ will "track" each swimmer and continuously monitor their activity until such time as it detects a "possible incident" developing.

At this point Poolview Plus+™ technology alerts the Lifeguard/First Responder to the "unusual swimmer behaviour", whereupon they can then take any appropriate action required.

 

Poolview Plus+ Automatic Drowning Detection Installed

Absolutely delighted to have installed our latest Poolview Plus+ computer vision system for the detection of possible drowning incidents in Mayfair, London.

Poolview Plus+™ and SwimEye™ developed artificial intelligence operates software in the background and supports the fully trained Lifeguard and first responders with their responsibilities

Poolview Plus+™ will "track" each swimmer and continuously monitor their activity until such time as it detects a "possible incident" developing.

At this point Poolview Plus+™ technology alerts the Lifeguard/First Responder to the "unusual swimmer behaviour", whereupon they can then take any appropriate action required.

Poolview and the Southern Area Hospice

 Robin McGloughlin at 3800 metres

Robin McGloughlin at 3800 metres

Over the past 18 months our Business Director - Robin McGloughlin has been participating in a number of events to raise funds for his local hospice.

Poolview Ltd were proud to contribute to his fundraising efforts and presented him with a cheque for the Southern Area Hospice a few weeks before he left on his final challenge of trekking in the Indian Himalayas, finally getting to an altitude of 3800m

Well done Robin!

Banbridge RFC presents £2,500 Hospice Cheque to Poolview Director

 Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin with Banbridge RFC President Robbie Ervine

Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin with Banbridge RFC President Robbie Ervine

Over the past 12 months Banbridge Rugby Club have been helping their Club Media Officer and Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice.

Including club raffles, music nights, collection boxes and dedicated Hospice funds raising days (to name but a few) the Senior Club, Junior Club, Ladies Committee, Players, Members and Visitors have contributed a total of £2500 to the local Hospice.

Thanks go to every single person who contributed in any way shape or form - your support is very much needed and appreciated.

Poolview Lifeguard Training

 Robin McGloughlin explaining Blended Lifeguarding

Robin McGloughlin explaining Blended Lifeguarding

One of the services which we regularly undertake is staff training with particluar reference to the technique of "Blended Lifeguarding".

The training session is very hard hitting and covers much about how and why "things go wrong".

Here we see our Business Director delivering training to Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors and Managers at a Places for People facility.