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Virtual Touring allows companies to inspect and visit vendor and contract partner sites remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conducting inspections of supplier or contract partner sites is crucial to ensuring regulatory compliance and avoiding liability. However, even in the best of times it can pose significant logistical challenges for both the inspector and the inspected. During the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and safety issues have made this necessary challenge all but impossible.
Conducting remote inspections using video and augmented and virtual reality technology has long been discussed as an option. On October 5, 2020, the Long Island-based consulting firm, Lachman Consultants, introduced Virtual Touring, a service that allows sponsors to conduct inspections, tours, and visits at supply-chain partner facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a company press release, Lachman’s clients will be able to conduct the remote site inspections or tours in real time, either via computer or cell phone, or by using a hand-held 360-degree camera and 3-D virtual goggles.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted regulators’ ability to inspect manufacturing facilities worldwide,” said Fran Zipp, president and CEO, Lachman Consultants, in the press release. She believes that the new service will “eliminate problematic delays in necessary inspections due to travel restrictions, while increasing overall safety for everyone involved.”
Source: Lachman Consultants