Now, more than ever, we’re aware of how quickly fevers and viruses can spread and the devastating and negative impact this can have on people and businesses.
As such, the introduction of fever screening equipment is a step in the right direction to help boost people’s confidence when entering crowded and inside spaces/environments.
Due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic and how quickly this virus spreads through various means, more and more businesses are now looking to install fever detection equipment to help support more robust and secure processes to protect people’s health.
The good news is, there is a range of thermal imaging equipment and systems to choose from, so you can now source something that suits your requirements and specifications perfectly.
However, it is essential to understand all the functions, the system software, and just what the equipment can do. Below, we look at the main points to consider before purchasing a fever screening system and some questions you should ask to ensure you receive a system that works for you.
Fever screening systems
There has been an extensive increase in demand for thermal screening software over the past two years as one of the main symptoms of Coronavirus is high temperatures. Therefore, identifying those with raised temperatures above what would be considered “average” can help stop the spread of the virus as further tests can be carried out as appropriate, and these individuals are isolated from the remaining crowds.
Covid temperature screening, in this sense, allows businesses to open their doors safely to employees and customers. As a result, they enable football stadiums, cinemas, leisure facilities, and more to continue operating. Providing peace of mind to everyone that appropriate measures have been put in place to help minimise and reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading.
But what are some key questions and areas to look into when purchasing the right system for you?
Thermal screening – what you need to know
When considering purchasing thermal screening equipment, it’s important to understand if this piece of software/equipment will meet an immediate need? In other words, does it offer a practical approach that will support your overall business strategy?
Is it suitable for long-term plans, or is it simply to meet a short-term need, and if so, could thermal camera hire be a better option and more cost-effective?
Is the equipment suitable for mass screening, especially when dealing with mass crowds? Think about football stadiums, train terminals, etc.
Is the equipment generic, or can it be customised to suit your requirements? And what system will provide you with the best results?
Does the equipment measure a person’s temperature accurately, consistently, and correctly?
Professional, industrial thermal imaging equipment should meet a prescribed minimum set of specifications that can be customised to meet your fever screening requirements. It should also come with appropriate certificates and be calibrated correctly.
Ideally, infrared cameras that operate at a narrow range unique to the infrared emitted from our bodies are typically recommended—ensuring that the pixel resolution is suitable for accurate measurement and optimal focus.
However, alongside this specification, you will also need to consider the cameras:
- Frame Rate
- Optics, and
For example, high-definition cameras are preferred for the first-level screening of moving crowds. In comparison, low-definition systems are more suitable for areas such as airport security, where passengers walk through systems and equipment one at a time.
From here, you will also need to think about setting up, i.e., how quickly can these systems and pieces of equipment be installed and configured to your requirements? Do these timescales fit with your plans?
Will you need to provide training on the new software, and is this something the installation company can provide?
Is the software easy to use and efficient, or will it cause more queues and disgruntled people?
A point to note
It’s important to be aware of the negative impact on your business associated with ineffective screening. For example, if the software isn’t configured correctly, or if the equipment is not suitable for mass screening, etc., it could lead to false negatives, providing you with a false sense of security and providing the potential for the virus to spread further and faster. Or it could highlight false positives leading to a limited or reduced workforce.
It’s also important to understand that if there are any instances or if anyone is showing any other symptoms, this should be followed up immediately for further investigation.
With all equipment, you need to have confidence that the fever screening equipment you opt for is reliable and accurate.
You, your teams, and your customers must have peace of mind that these systems will provide a certain level of health security, allowing businesses to reopen safely and confidently.
You must ensure that all fever screening technology is fit for purpose and provides you with the best chance of highlighting virus-like symptoms and containing the spread effectively and efficiently.
At UK Red Security, we provide a range of thermal screening equipment and technology, all to suit your specifications and requirements.