The Benefits of Thermal Monitoring to Keep Employees and Customers Safe

As the economy opens back up and people get back to work, business leaders are entering uncharted territory. They need to keep operations running to serve customers, while also doing everything possible to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases. The CDC outlines its recommendations for the back-to-work transition. Their list covers a lot of areas – encouraging remote work, limiting face-to-face contact, keeping sick employees home, and performing a routine cleaning of all spaces. But, organizations can take another critical step to better protect employees, customers, and the public – thermal monitoring. 

What is Thermal Monitoring?

Thermal monitoring solutions use video analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT devices to detect individuals with elevated temperature (i.e., 100°F+). This removes the need for handheld temperature measuring devices. These solutions are an entirely non-invasive way to check a person’s body temperature before allowing entry into a building or other public area. By screening individuals’ body temp, organizations can help identify those who may be potentially ill, and not even know it. 

Where is it needed most?

These new high-tech, non-contact solutions are ideal for quickly screening those entering office buildings, factories, retail stores, and airports. Where are other areas of potential use for thermal monitors? 

Why thermal imaging, and why now?

  1. No contact and accurate readings – Thermal imaging is non-obtrusive. It keeps screeners out of harm’s way by automatically measuring an individual’s body temperature as they enter a public area. 
  2. Individuals can maintain safe social distancing – The solution uses video cameras to monitor from up to 10 feet away from the individual being screened, meeting social distancing guidelines.
  3. Can keep up with a large volume of people – Equipment monitors up to 300 people per minute.
  4. Detects temperatures through masks – Face coverings can still be worn by individuals to improve protection. Thermal monitoring equipment uses AI facial detection and visual analytics to track an individual’s facial area – even if they’re wearing a mask or hat.
  5. Out of range temperatures alarm – If the machine detects out-of-range temperatures in the coverage area, it sounds an alert in 0.5 seconds.

Meet new requirements and get back to business 

Intelligent thermal imaging systems will likely become part of our new ‘way of life’ as we move forward. Thermal imaging solutions can also track the number of people leaving and entering a room and they can detect when an individual is missing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), which may be required. 

Imagine it’s two months from now, and you’re hosting a customer event. Or you’re going to a concert in the park. Or you’re taking your kids back to college, or you’re even boarding an airplane! All of these activities used to seem routine, but in the COVID-19 era, our old routines are no more. Thermal monitoring equipment can bring an added layer of protection to these every-day interactions. 

Taking the next step

If you want help looking at your options for bringing thermal monitoring equipment to your organization, please get in touch. At Carrier Solutions Group, we offer several premium thermal monitoring packages from top carriers. We can access your company’s needs and help you implement either standalone equipment, including thermal cameras or an integrated system that can tie into existing customer-owned Video Management System (VMS). Viewing options of data also include desktop/laptop or kiosks, or web-portal remote access. Don’t wait! Now is the time for these next-generation solutions to bring peace of mind to customers, employees, and everyone in between.

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