Coronavirus: Fever screening thermal imaging system released26 March 2020

UK-based temperature measurement specialist AMETEK Land has released a fever screening thermal imaging system designed for human body temperature measurement, which it says could play a fundamental role in helping to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The vIRalert 2 fixed thermal imaging system provides an accurate and remote surface measurement of body temperature, automatically alerting the operator to elevated temperatures, according to the company. This is said to be ideal for screening at point-of-entry into key facilities, such as offices, factories, warehouses, schools, government buildings and any other places where infectious diseases can easily spread.

David Primhak, director of development and product management at AMETEK Land, explains: “In a world where global travel means infections can pass through populations fast, the ability to screen people for fever is a key tool in reducing the risk of disease spread.

“vIRalert 2 can detect fever at point-of-entry quickly and remotely, in compliance with social distancing requirements, preventing the risk of infection being transmitted between the operator and members of the public. This is cutting edge technology that could make a huge difference in protecting the population both now and in the future."

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Key features of the system include on-screen and audible alerts when a pedestrian with an elevated temperature is detected. The system also includes: a thermal imaging camera; blackbody source (calibrated to 38°C with power supply); connecting cables, flexible mounting options and screening software; and laptop (optional).

Adam Offord

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