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Covid-19 Thermal Screening

Thermal Screening

  • Accurate temperature measurement
  • Non-contact screening
  • Multi-person measurement
  • Visual abnormal alert to facilitate back-tracking
  • Non-mask detection for intelligent control
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Section No. 1

Thermal Screening Solutions

Technology has played a vital role in how businesses have enabled their employees to work productively from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of us who can do our jobs from home you only have to look at the ‘Zoom Boom’ to see how much of our working lives have changed compared to the beginning of the year. Even though those companies that can are now productively and efficiently operating remotely, the country is now facing the next challenge in this crisis: how to safely reopen workplaces for those who cannot.

There is no argument that the economy has not taken a hit during this unpredictable time. Shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities have been forced to close, and a high percentage of the country’s workforce has been laid off.
To counter this economic risk, the government is taking steps to reopen slowly and cautiously the economy by easing lockdown measures, sending people back to work and allowing businesses to reopen. With retail outlets now be able to gradually open, the question business owners face is how to operate safely and maintain social distancing practices, which are set to remain in place until such time as a vaccine is widely available.

With lockdown easing and a ‘new normal’ on the horizon, the health of the country’s workforce must not be forgotten in a bid to save the economy. Therefore, technology that can allow for a controlled return to work, while mitigating any risks to the health of consumers and employees, must play a part in the easing of lockdown.

THE NEW NORMAL

Thermal Screening

Elevated temperature screening is one technology that should play a key part in return to work strategies and the safe reopening of businesses. This valuable solution uses a thermal and optical camera to analyse body temperature, which is a key indicator of the presence of a potential illness, and discreetly alerts the operator when the set temperature threshold is exceeded by someone screened by the tool.

With temperature screening technology in place, the exposure of potentially infected individuals to others can be dramatically decreased and the risk of a localised outbreak minimised.

Furthermore, for businesses such as retailers whose success is dependent on customers feeling safe to visit the premises, it has the added benefit of giving them additional assurances that visible measures for their protection are in place.

In combination with other solutions, such as vigorous testing and screens to protect employees and customers, returning to work can be safe and controlled.

Section No. 2

The exposure of potentially infected individuals to others can be dramatically decreased

The reality of a ‘new normal’ may already be visible in some industries, such as grocery retail where one-way systems, plastic screens and constant cleaning are already in place. However, elevated temperature screening has countless applications for both essential and non-essential industries, ranging from offices and train stations, to hospitals and pharmacies.

This screening technology allows businesses to take preventative steps to minimise the chances of the wider workforce and customers encountering someone exhibiting symptoms of a potential illness. Several businesses are already deploying this technology, with heat detection cameras at key sites to protect its employees.

The camera used can screen up to eight people at once and 100 people per minute, while judging body temperature in less than half a second – all of which makes it ideal for congested and high traffic areas.

Thermal Scanning
Section No. 3

Handheld Thermal Screening Solutions

Over the past few months, we have been inundated with images and videos of temperature screening taking place within key industries, which have continued to operate through the pandemic. However, the hand-held thermometers commonly being used require the device to be within an extremely short range of the subject and are only able to screen one person at a time.

Therefore, remote elevated temperature screening solutions are so valuable – especially given that social distancing guidelines are unlikely to be relaxed soon. Stand-off solutions can enable temperature screening to take place without the need for close human interaction, further safeguarding employees and reducing the risk of contact with potentially infected individuals.

Rapid Deployment

Along with remote capabilities, there are several other crucial factors to consider. The solution must be quick and easy to implement, as well as being highly accurate. When paired with a blackbody, the accuracy of temperature screening solutions can be within 0.3°C.

Connectivity is also key and adopting an end-to-end solution linked to a centralised command and control location is invaluable. With holistic connectivity, these solutions can encompass cameras installed in multiple locations, and alarms can be viewed locally, remotely or on a smartphone app. This means that staff do not need to provide direct supervision to the device onsite.

With the guidelines regarding which industries and sectors can reopen changing on an almost daily basis, it is important that these protective solutions can be installed without overhauling the surveillance infrastructure already in place.

Looking ahead, adopting a solution with an upgrade path to other enhancements, such a facial recognition, is favourable as they can be used in conjunction with future and existing security measures.

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Businesses have plenty on their minds as they prepare for the uncertainty that is sure to continue throughout the rest of the year and beyond. However, due diligence cannot be left to the wayside when looking to adopt an elevated temperature screening solution.

As the economy cautiously reopens, the country will have to adapt to a ‘new normal’ over the coming months.

Elevated temperature screening solutions should be implemented by businesses to protect the health of the workforce and customers alike – ultimately paving the way to a safe and controlled return to work.