DEFRA says the software will help it to 'effectively manage a Covid-19 secure workspace environment'. Photograph: DEFRA DEFRA says the software will help it to 'effectively manage a Covid-19 secure workspace environment'. Photograph: DEFRA

DEFRA spends £1m on software that can track staff vaccination status

DEFRA has spent £1m on software, which will allow it to track inventories of personal protective equipment and staff vaccination status, in preparation for staff returning to the office.

The department said the three-year contract would enable it to “effectively manage a Covid-19 secure workspace environment throughout our estate when we start to return to our offices”.

According to the website Public Technology, DEFRA has signed a £1.01m three-year contract with IT reseller Softcat, which will deliver software from vendor ServiceNow, which specialises in workplace-management technology.

The software includes programs for measuring the readiness of employees and buildings for returning to office-based work.

It can also provide data on an organisation’s stocks of PPE, such as face masks, and embed links for ordering more, as well as tracking staff vaccination status and the proportion of workers that remain in quarantine, according to the website.

In addition, it states that embedded indoor mapping systems will support users in travelling round their workplace in a socially-distant manner.

DEFRA said as well as managing a Covid-19 secure workspace environment, the software would “provide a longer-term strategic capability for workplace management within DEFRA and create savings in our estate management space”.

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