Tees firm’s key role in vaccine roll-out

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A Stokesley firm is celebrating after playing a crucial role in the battle against Covid-19 at the hospital where 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first in the world to receive Pfizer’s ground-breaking vaccine.

The pensioner received the vaccine at the University Hospital Coventry to kick-off the UK’s mass vaccination programme.

Stokesley-based Applied Integration (AI) has worked closely with the hospital for more than 12 years, helping maintain critical power to their vital systems.

During the pandemic, AI upgraded the hospital’s power management system, vital for monitoring incoming mains electricity supplies and securing power to critical systems such as ICU wards, neonatal facilities, Covid-19 ventilator systems and refrigeration facilities that keep the keep the vaccine cool.

Within seconds of a power supply fault, the power management system starts the back-up power generators and intelligently returns power to critical systems.

Once all life-critical facilities are operational, the power management system then strategically returns power to non-essential systems with remaining generator capacity.

Garry Lofthouse, CEO at Applied Integration, said: “Upgrading and testing a live, working hospital is extremely demanding but the added Covid-19 restrictions presented further challenges.

“The whole team worked above and beyond to get the system installed and tested on time. We are delighted to be able to work alongside Coventry Hospital.”

Employing an engineering team of more than 50, Applied Integration is a leading systems integrator, specialising in delivering the latest industry technologies with a focus on Industry 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things, analytics, big data/cloud technologies, safety critical systems and collaborative robots.