Thermal imaging integral to effective post-pandemic screening

FLIR’s system shows how it uses tear duct sensing to accurately measure the body’s core temperature, rather than just reflect an ambient skin temperature reading.

As businesses move past the initial lockdown phase and look to a post-COVID-19 future, how to properly screen arrivals at business locations, from offices to retail outlets, will be the foundation of all successful visitor management strategies.

Vpod uses industry-leading thermal imaging camera specialist FLIR, to ensure its Vgreet system can be a truly effective first line of defence for front of house teams, staff and premises.

“Vpod did extensive research on the efficacy of thermal imaging camera systems long before the coronavirus became a pandemic”, explains Vpod MD, Sam Farrant. “What was very apparent was the standard camera/tripod-based skin sensor systems could only give an indication of a person’s body temperature and can be heavily influenced by factors such as ambient temperatures.

“For instance a perfectly healthy motorbike courier who’d just taken off their helmet could show a reading off the charts, whereas someone with a high-fever who had just come in from a very cold outdoors wouldn’t register at all.

“To make the check-in journey effective for reception teams, without making it a frustrating one for visitors, we knew we needed a system that can accurately measure an arrival’s core temperature and the FLIR system allows us to provide that”.

Regular thermal camera systems are much less indicative of true body temperature and need additional equipment, like the black-body emitter shown top left, to function.

Why core is key to your visitor experience

– An important tool in screening visitors as businesses return to work

– Measuring core temperature is more indicative of a person’s health status

– Increased check-in measures needn’t mean increased waiting times

– Automatically detect warning signs so you can action accordingly

Core scanning in action

Simple scanning of skin temperature does not accurately reflect the actual core body temperate, the most reliable indicator of a potential febrile condition (for instance a cycle courier who has just removed their helmet will register much hotter than they actually are).

FLIR cameras examine temperature shown at the body’s tear duct, which is directly linked to the body’s internal temperature as it is linked to the internal carotid artery.

FLIR System Summary

  • Fully FDA approved

  • Meets the industry standard IEC 80601-2-59 standard

  • Forms part of a total non-contact solution

  • High accuracy and repeatability

  • No blackbody reference emitter needed

  • Images and results can be saved and exported

  • Fully integrate with other systems

  • Tear duct system is accepted as the most effective measurement of core temperature

  • Reference system reduces likelihood of unnecessary alerts

“FLIR cameras examine temperature shown at the body’s tear duct, which is directly linked to the body’s internal temperature as it is linked to the internal carotid artery”

Contact us to see how you can start screening visitors, and protecting your people and premises today

Tel: +44 (0)20 7621 6300

Address: Chester House, Unit 2:02, 1-3 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6DE

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