Thermal Imaging Cameras and Slowing the Spread of COVID-19:

At this time new methods are being explored to contain the virus. Many major companies are at the forefront of providing higher security levels. Tyson Foods, Intel Corp, and Amazon have implemented temperature monitoring solutions. They are ahead of the curve by outfitting their businesses with thermal detection cameras.

These same cameras have been in use at airports since the SARS epidemic in 2003. To demonstrate, thermal technology identifies elevated body temperature via built-in algorithm. Most importantly, this equipment has the capability of monitoring multiple people from a distance with accuracy. It is the best solution for quick assessment without personal contact. Overall, these new cameras detect more accurately than anything else on the market. Commercial-grade systems are starting at $15,000 to $25,000 per unit.

The FDA is encouraging the use of temperature reading equipment 

FDA is issuing this guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability of telethermographic systems… for the duration of the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 31, 2020.

Person getting temperature read by thermal imaging camera

The guide set forth an enforcement policy intended for all thermal imaging systems. It is to be applied for duration of the public health emergency related to COVID-19. It provides recommendations regarding the performance and labeling of such systems.

Who’s Tested the Cameras

As a result, employers are taking the initiative and transitioning from traditional security systems. Investing in today’s progressive solutions is the smart move. In particular, Amazon, already outfitted 8 warehouses with thermal imaging cameras. Company spokesperson, Kristen Kishin, made a statement in an article published by CNN Business about the recent changes. “In efforts to support the health and safety of our employees, who continue to provide a critical service in our communities.” See the full article here.

These recent developments are a leading example of how preventative measures are essential.  Not only is this technology helpful in these uncertain times but preventative for any future viral attacks.