Benefits of Thermal Camera Technology to Combat Coronavirus

Amthal is working with leading suppliers to present thermal imaging technology.

This is to help identify elevated body temperature, indicative of a fever and a key symptom of the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

With accuracy of up to +0.3oC of up to 30 targets detected at the same time, even identifying those with face masks, latest thermal cameras can detect in real-time, raised body temperatures in moving crowds.

This includes analysis in all susceptible scenarios such as airports, stations and campus facilities, and has proven effective for visitors to work environments, commuters and passengers.

Says Jamie Allam, CEO Amthal Fire & Security: “The best thermal-imaging cameras allow you to see and measure temperature differences accurately and from a safe distance, so have proven to detect fevers during previous epidemics.

“What we’re seeing now is an increase in enquiries for use of the technology for those responsible to identified key workers, who still have to go to work.  And we would envisage this to continue even as all of us return to normal, as caution will still be taken to avoid any threats of a second wave.”

The latest camera technology, features a built-in AI algorithm for multi-person measurements up to 3m distances, enabling fast and non-contact access.  It can then sound an alarm when it encounters an elevated level.

Jamie concludes: “It’s essential to mention that cameras will not scan directly for the virus.  Indeed a slightly increased temperature does not necessarily mean that a person has COVID-19 and, by the same sentiment, not having a temperature is not an indication that someone does not have the illness.

“But the use of thermal camera technology that is efficient, visible and can operate in real time, does provide a data point that could help screen for the virus for a call to be made, if required.  The more we can do to ensure we are safe and protect what’s precious, the better for everyone.”

Amthal is working closely with Dahua on offering latest thermal camera technology.  For more information, please view our leaflet on thermal body temperature, measurement solutions or our latest video.