As workplaces begin to reopen, more and more businesses are exploring the benefits of using a fever detection system
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, fever detection systems were confined to busy airports; today, the technology – based on infrared radiation – is being rapidly rolled out across the globe. Used in warehouses and factories by big brands such as Amazon, General Motors, Jaguar and Land Rover, their presence is becoming commonplace in a world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The benefits of using a fever detection system are obvious, and facility managers across the UK are beginning to use these systems to screen and deny access to infected people before they enter a building. Businesses can quickly and easily check the temperature of large crowds with technology such as Smarter Technologies’ FeverScan; while our FeverCam is useful as a smaller, self-scanning camera that can monitor people as they enter and exit a building.
Despite the benefits of fever detection technology, it is important to be aware of the limitations of these fever detection systems. Most importantly, because many carriers of COVID-19 will not show any symptoms (such as a high fever), the technology will not be able to identify them. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine notes that temperature scanners are only useful in identifying one in five COVID-19 cases – this is because most people are infected with the virus for over five days before showing a fever.
This limitation, while important to note, does not take away from the fact that using a fever detection system is a useful tool for catching some COVID-19 infections. It is recommended that businesses use the technology as part of their overall protection and risk mitigation plan.
Office buildings, hospitals and retail shops are three areas that have quickly adopted the fever detection technology.
Facility managers should consider introducing fever detection technology gently to staff by making it optional at first. For example, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offers voluntary temperature checks to staff employed at their White City office and they are considering making the practice compulsory in the future.
Hospitals are another sector embracing the fever detection system. Not only does the technology allow staff to check the temperature of visitors and patients entering and exiting the building, but a thermal camera is also a much more efficient way to quickly screen doctors and nurses during busy shift changes.
Another space that has seen an increase in the number of fever detection systems is the retail sector. As retail shops receive a large number of visitors, it is often impractical to use a temperature gun to monitor customers. The use of a fever detection system also adds to a customer’s peace of mind while shopping and being in the same space as others.
Transport hubs such as airports, train stations and bus terminals have been quick to adopt new fever detection systems as a way to manage public health.
Airports, in particular, are accustomed to using full-body scanners, metal detectors and facial recognition technology to identify terrorists. Now, across the world, airports are installing fever detection systems, sanitation booths and other technologies in the hopes of slowing the spread of the virus and restoring public confidence in air travel.
Smarter Technologies’ fever detection system
Smarter Technologies’ fever camera system is the most sophisticated fever detection system available on the market. The complete system comprises FeverCam, FeverScan and FeverLink.
FeverCam is a small, self-scanning camera that can be used to monitor access in a building. The cameras are small and compact which makes them easy to mount. They work by sending real-time temperature reports to your remote dashboard, allowing you to automatically and accurately scan the temperatures of staff and visitors.
FeverScan is a large infrared camera that can scan large crowds and busy spaces – removing the need for individual testing. FeverScan is especially useful in spaces such as airports, stadiums, schools and open plan facilities. FeverScan is a powerful tool for the future of health protection.
Finally, FeverLink is the most sophisticated online, multiple thermal imaging camera system on the market today. The technology uses a cloud-based dashboard to provide real-time, medically accurate temperature readings in both low- and high-flow areas, whatever the lighting conditions may be. It works with your existing security cameras to provide you with automated scanning and instant alerts and it can be operated remotely – removing the risk of human contact.
We developed the platform as part of our ongoing work for the Ministry of Defence which makes it the safest and most reliable technology on the market today. It has been designed following best practice guidelines issued by NCSC and requires two-factor authentication- removing any privacy concerns.
Why choose Smarter Technologies’ fever detection system?
Not only does Smarter Technologies’ fever detection system use real-time temperature testing, but their results have proven to be medically accurate within +- 0.2 degrees.
The secure, cloud-based service also removes any concerns surrounding privacy issues and means businesses are provided with accurate data – without the need for direct human interaction. The complete system, comprising the FeverCam, FeverScan and FeverLink, is suitable for any size operation and choosing to take the precaution shows your staff and customers that you are committed to social responsibility.
Smarter Technologies’ fever detection system allows you to implement advanced fever scanning technologies that give peace of mind and safeguard the environment for workers and visitors.
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