As many as one in ten people provides false or incomplete information when asked to give their contact details to hospitality venues such as hotels and restaurants, according to recent news reports as commented on by the Australian Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has issued an appeal for patrons at bars and clubs to make sure their contact information was correct for the sake of all Australians.

“Your actions can help save lives, protect lives or inadvertently risk the lives of others,” he said on breakfast television.

He was responding to a poll, conducted in the first half of July, which found:

  • One in 10 patrons had given false or incomplete information;
  • One in four were concerned the venue would not destroy their information properly;
  • Nearly one in five feared the venue would keep their details for marketing purposes.

CoolGard, being launched next Saturday at Newcastle’s Delany Hotel, has been developed to pinpoint a slight temperature elevation which may indicate a possible viral threat such as influenza or coronavirus while it can capture ID by scanning driver’s licenses, membership cards, etc, or on-the-spot entry.

With CoolGard, a person who may be unwell can be alerted to undergo testing. The system will also guarantee a fast, more precise means of contact tracing for everyone who has attended premises where a threat was detected.

For managers, CoolGard’s real-time monitoring ability helps them observe venue capacity rules, further reinforcing important social distancing and sanitization regimes to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Venues can have confidence knowing their staff members are safe to work, and patrons can go out to eat and drink knowing the venue has done everything they can to ensure safety and that their personal details are securely stored and protected from any other use,” said Ash Bosworth, managing director and CEO of Pulse, the Australian company behind CoolGard technology.