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Thermal imaging service developed to protect against the spread of coronavirus

Mitie Security has launched a range of fever-screening solutions that detect the human temperature of individuals as they enter public spaces, hospitals, retail units and other buildings.

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The thermal imaging technology aims to help on the frontline and post lockdown
The thermal imaging technology aims to help on the frontline and post lockdown

Mitie Security is launching a suite of fever-screening solutions using thermal imaging to help organisations mitigate against the spread of the coronavirus.

 

The solutions, developed by adapting existing thermal imaging technology, identify individuals with a fever that may be symptomatic of Covid-19 as they enter public spaces, hospitals, retail units and other buildings.

 

Detecting human temperatures

 

Mitie Security claims the fever-screening technology is able to detect human temperatures to within an accuracy of 0.3ºC, raising the alarm to monitoring teams should it identify an individual with a fever.

 

These solutions have been designed to support the wide range of industries on the frontline of the nation’s fight against coronavirus, as well as those looking to prepare for when current restrictions are eased.

 

To enable use in different situations, the technology has been developed in several formats from hand-held units to mounted cameras.

 

For example, locating the thermal cameras at site entrances allows a larger number of people to be checked at one time. This could be in public areas or when a large number of employees are entering a building at the same time, for instance, during shift changes at manufacturing site, or employees arriving for work at a large office block.

 

The portable hand-held solution, meanwhile, can be used to check individuals, enabling the detection of anyone showing an elevated body temperature.

“As many businesses start planning a return to work after lockdown, we must ensure that we all play our part in limiting the spread of Covid-19 as much as possible.”

Mitie’s specialist fire and security systems’ team has also developed a process guide to be used alongside the fever-screening solutions, including best practice guidelines and procedures to manage individuals with a high body temperature, depending on the scenario.

 

For instance, potential Covid-19 sufferers could be diverted to a safe area for further checks to be performed by an employee wearing appropriate PPE, before determining if access to the site will be granted or denied. The fever-screening solutions, alongside these guidelines, will allow businesses to protect their employees and customers, by minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19 infections.

 

“Ensuring the safety of our clients’ employees and customers has always been our priority, and this is even more important during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Jason Towse, managing director of business services, Mitie.

 

“As many businesses start planning a return to work after lockdown, we must ensure that we all play our part in limiting the spread of Covid-19 as much as possible.”

 

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