Now that you have adapted your curricula to enable virtual learning for students at home, the safety and security planning process is underway for the eventual return of students to the classroom. That planning now includes the challenge of protecting students, faculty, and staff against the spread of infectious diseases – in particular, COVID-19.
As a means of helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many institutions have begun to institute thermal imaging cameras as a pre-screening device. This device identifies elevated body temperature (EBT), which could be indicative of a fever (one of the symptoms of a viral infection). While these are not medical devices and do not replace conventional medical testing, they can be used to give an early indication when appropriately used.
Security camera installation of thermal imaging platforms allows advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence to detect body temperature from hand-held to mounted cameras. This sophisticated technology uses cameras to capture the thermal emission of objects in the infrared spectrum range to detect heat sources and measure their temperature.
The process works like this:
- A thermal camera is installed in a single entrance.
- All traffic into the facility funnels into this monitored entranced.
- The thermal camera installation instantly alerts you when a person’s temperature is above the set threshold.
- Subjects with normal, healthy temperatures continue walking into the facility as usual.
- Subjects with an abnormal temperature are quickly identified and re-directed to a re-inspection area, where their temperature is re-taken with a clinical grade, hand-held thermometer.
Thermal cameras come in many different “flavors” and installation types—some with new technologies, such as analytics and alerting. Since thermal cameras identify heat signatures, they can reveal intruders in all lighting conditions, even total darkness, fog, rain, and smoke. The results is a high-performance 24/7 intrusion detection system you can use for any environment.
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Real-Time Fever Identification
Setup & Operation
Visual and/or Audible Alarming
Data & Image Evaluation
Additional Reading: U.S. Food & Drug Administration Resources
- Thermal Imaging Systems (Infrared Thermographic Systems / Thermal Imaging Cameras)
- Non-contact Infrared Thermometers