Thermal screening solutions to assist in CoViD-19 control


The outbreak of the novel coronavirus CoViD-19 has recently caused widespread concern across China and worldwide. Early symptoms of the virus include having a fever and a dry cough, so timely and accurate monitoring of people with a fever in public and shared spaces can play a significant role in containing the epidemic and ensuring effective infection control.  


So, which kind of fever detection is accurate, efficient and safe? And which solution is best for deploying in different scenarios? We spoke with several solution partners to find out more. 


The disadvantages of traditional thermometers


'Traditional’ thermometers include mercury-in-glass thermometers, ear or forehead thermometers, digital thermometers, etc. 

  1. Time consuming and labor intensive: can cause long queues when used in areas with a high volume of people, such as at airports, railway stations and other public areas 
  2. Close contact measurement: increases the risk of cross-contamination and provokes fear of contamination 
  3. No data collection: not conducive to centralized data analysis and evaluation 

By comparison, thermal screening solutions are gaining more attention for their benefits and effectiveness in identifying people with a fever. 


The advantages of thermal screening 


Thermal imaging measures skin temperature by using cameras that detect the infrared energy emitted by people and objects. 

  1. Cost effective: cameras can measure the temperature of multiple people at once, especially beneficial in busy public areas 
  2. Contactless measurement: effectively avoids cross-contamination 
  3. Reduced psychological impact: the non-interfering process provokes less fear and negative emotions 
  4. Data collection and integration capabilities: centralized data collection enables data analysis and thermal imaging technology can be integrated with other solutions, such as facial recognition, alarm systems and more, for effective response and tracking 

Thermal screening solutions 


Fast, preliminary detection for temporary deployment  

  • Location: cameras set up on a tripod or other temporary installation are placed at existing entrances at train stations, bus stations, subways, airports, etc. 
  • Advantages: can be deployed and removed quickly based on the entrances in use and in the case of an emergency 



Solutions deployed at existing security gates 

  • Location: equipment installed at existing entrances and gates 
  • Advantages: can be integrated with alarm systems and data can be stored locally on centrally 



Thermal imaging solution integrated with identification 

  • Location: fixed entrances in companies, schools, factories, communities, etc. 
  • Advantages:  
  1.  Body temperature detection integrated with facial recognition for specific identification 
  2.  Real-time sound warning enabling personnel to respond quickly 
  3.  Information uploaded onto a centralized platform in real-time for effective management 

Online monitoring and data analysis platform 



When applied correctly, body temperature measurement through thermal screening is a noninvasive, fast, cost effective and accurate means to identify people potentially infected by the novel coronavirus. Moreover, deployment can be fast and set up as a temporary measure at a site if required. For the best results, thermal screening can be integrated with other aspects of your security solution.  


However, unfortunately this solution is not a fool-proof method to identify CoViD-19 cases (as people can be infected before they start to develop a fever) but it can help with early detection and fast action to control the spread of the virus. 


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