How ITM is fighting the Corona virus

March 25, 2020
How ITM is fighting the Corona virus

Since the Corona virus has been spreading at countries all over the world, Tembo has taken extensive measures to prevent and slow down the growth of infections of COVID-19, in alignment with local governance.

Safety first

We give the highest priority to the safety of our employees, customers, partners and suppliers. We took following measures, until further notice:

  • We follow all directions given by national governments
  • We keep at least 1,5 meters distance and work in shifts
  • We clean our working environment after every shift
  • We stopped travelling and work from home, wherever possible
  • We only accept visitors without signs of infection since the last 14 days
  • We maximize online meetings via our representatives

So far, none of our employees are officially infected. We stand united in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, striving to protect our employees, serving our customers and supporting the communities in which we operate.

3D printed protective face shields

Heart-warming initiatives have been started up during this corona crisis era. A good example is the production of “3D-printed protective face shields”, used by medics, initiated by ITM Poland and RNT.

Face shields help protect front line workers against potential virus-containing droplets released by coughing, sneezing and other close contact. Many volunteers have helped scour the internet for raw materials to make the shields. They have also reached out to hospitals in need of PPE and printed the visors for the shields.

‘They’re sitting at home. They’re working from home, or they’ve been laid off. This is a way that they can contribute,’ said Abel Gonzalez of RNT.’

'It just sort of felt right to us to do what we could to help the situation’, ITM Poland and RNT explained.

Worldwide Open Air project

The Open Air project is a worldwide initiative to work on medical devices and have a fast and easy solution that can be reproduced and assembled locally worldwide. Our R&D company Tricas has joined the Dutch Open Air team to find new solutions.

Partners of Open Air NL are multiple engineering/technical hubs and organizations in The Netherlands. Currently Open Air NL is working on:

  • A fast, replicable and automated breathing machine (
  • A CPAP breathing device based on a decathlon diving mask for temporally breathing
  • A home monitoring system for temperature, heart beat and oxygen levels to send measurements directly to a doctor or medical professional
  • An open source databank of replicable parts for use in healthcare organizations
  • Multiple goods for protection like face masks

Supporting an online Hackaton, #hackthecrisis

Tembo is excited to have sponsored the ‘Hack the Crisis’ Online Hackathon, which took place virtually from April 3rd to 5th April.

Engineers and coders from the Netherlands have participated to find solutions to existing and future problems caused by the corona virus. By using the creativity, expertise, technology, and mentoring of Dutch citizens, the weekend resulted in prototypes, new concepts, and innovative uses of technology.

Many countries have been hosting virtual hackathons in recent weeks. These events have produced practical solutions to complex problems. Until now, these hackathons had been running country by country, gathering thousands of participants and wide support from businesses and society.

The Hack is supported by several organizations and (global) companies like Philips, Google, Futurelab, Cisco, Garage 48, and many more.

Besides these projects, we seek other ways to share our high tech expertise with organizations that need our help. 

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