Everything You Need to Know About Thermal Imaging

July 24, 2020
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Some states have continued to reopen while cases of COVID-19 continue to be on the rise, most states have required it mandatory that people undergo temperature checks before entering businesses, offices, and close proximity settings. There are many tools and methods available for the screening employees and guests as they enter buildings, but one of the most effective ways has been implementing the use of thermal cameras. 

 

Here is everything you need to know about thermal Imaging.

 

Before we get started it is important to note that while thermal cameras are effective in the screening of elevated body temperatures, they cannot be used to diagnose COVID-19. If an individual has an elevated body temperature reading, advise them to go seek professional medical care for official COVID-19 testing.

 

What’s a thermal Camera


Thermal cameras leverage the heat produced by the human body to measure and display the thermal image of a person in relation to its surrounding objects. Thermal cameras, also are known as infrared cameras, use infrared waves to detect the difference in heat between two objects. We use these cameras to screen people entering the building because it takes seconds for it to accurately detect body temperatures.


Difference between Thermal Cameras and Thermal guns

A cheap, but not as accurate, alternative to a thermal camera is a thermal gun. They are an infrared thermometer that allows you to take someone’s temperature from a safe distance. While this could seem ideal, thermal guns are not accurate due to many variables such as distance, and the fact that they use an average surface area of a subject which can vary in size. Thermal guns, on average, take a longer time to read the temperature, whereas thermal cameras are routinely calibrated to create a quick and easy temperature screening process. Some thermal cameras can support automated integrations, just something to think about.

Integrations 

  Certain brands of thermal cameras can support automation, triggering alerts to notify management or identified key leaders if an individual has an abnormal body temperature indicating an issue. Some thermal cameras offer facial recognition which can allow your employees to clock in and out at the time of screening. Thermal cameras are contactless so they help make sure your employees are a safe distance away from people entering the building.


Placement/ Installation


Having temperature checks will inevitably create a backup of the traffic at the testing stations. While it only takes a few seconds to scan with a thermal imaging camera, you may need to consider having multiple temping stations to limit compliance disruption. You can save time for employees and clients by choosing a device and software that allows for clock-in/out at the time of screening. For more in-depth information on the placement, check out Implementing Thermal Cameras In the Workplace. In our experience, the installation has been pretty easy and can take less than a day to follow all manufacturer instructions for a seamless installation.

COVID-19 has caused us to review the way we live our daily life. Implementing thermal cameras can help create a contactless screening process. Working together can help us reduce the spread of the virus. For more info on Thermal Cameras feel free to schedule a demo now.

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