At manufacturing facilities, thermal imaging cameras are used for inspecting a countless number of production equipment and components as well as the complete electrical power supply system. Now, they are being implemented to help in disease containment support.
Amid the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, manufacturing facilities spanning every industry are doing all they can to contribute to the global containment efforts. In addition to practices such as the sanitization of hard and highly touchable surfaces and social distancing, many are implementing fever detection cameras. Also known as body temperature cameras, these devices use thermal imaging to detect those that have elevated temperatures that may be related to sickness.
How Do Body Temperature Detection Cameras Work?
Fever detection cameras use thermal technology and video analytics that detects temperatures and alerts when above a certain threshold. This allows facilities such as schools, hospitals, doctor offices, airports, emergency rooms, and other crowded places to identify symptomatic individuals before they enter the premises.
What are the Real Advantages of Body Temperature Camera Systems In Manufacturing?
Preventing sickness in the manufacturing environment is critical today. In food manufacturing environments, for example, the potential for close contact can occur on or near production lines, receiving and packaging areas, sampling and quality rooms, and in common facility areas such as conference rooms, lunchrooms, locker rooms, restrooms, hallways, and entryways. With so many points of contact and potential for contamination, identifying and preventing individuals who may be sick from entering is a priority.
After the SARS outbreak, there was a recognized need for non-contact methods of fever detection to avoid the spread of the virus. Today, that need continues and is being met with body temperature detection technology.
Many facilities have adopted the routine of checking employee temperatures with handheld thermometers to help ensure the safety of employees, customers, and products. This, however, limits how fast workers can be checked, and the people using the scanners must be near the people they are checking, which increases their risk of infection. Thermal body temperature cameras are much faster than handheld thermometers and reduce the need to be in close proximity to other individuals.
Another main advantage of this technology is that manufacturing facilities can use it to automatically scan people before they enter the plant. Once identified, those exhibiting a higher than normal temperature can be stopped discreetly and alerted to the problem before risking any illness entering the facility.
Of course, fever detection is just one of many valuable tools in slowing the spread of the virus. People with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, may not yet have a fever, or may have taken fever reduction medications. However, fever detection with thermal cameras does provide additional data that was previously unavailable in a quick and streamlined way.
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In the wake of the current COVID-19 crisis, non-invasive and unobtrusive body temperature thermal cameras are quickly becoming a staple of security. The SEC-BODYTEMPCAM1 Body Temperature thermal camera with facial recognition is equipped with technologies that detect abnormal body temperatures so that the possible threat of sickness is quickly and clearly identified, even in challenging lighting or across distances.