Mitie Security is helping businesses to mitigate the spread of coronavirus with a new suite of fever-screening solutions.
The solutions, which have been developed by adapting existing thermal imaging technology, should quickly and easily identify individuals with a fever that may be symptomatic of Covid-19.
This technology is able to detect human temperatures to within an accuracy of 0.3ºC, to raise the alarm for monitoring teams.
These solutions have been designed to support the wide range of industries on the front line of the UK’s fight against coronavirus, as well as those looking to prepare for when the current restrictions are eased.
Applications for the technology include:
- Healthcare: Identifying potential Covid-19 sufferers as they enter hospital to allow healthcare professionals to take precautions, such as limiting contact with other patients and ensuring all staff they encounter are wearing appropriate PPE.
- Public spaces: Scanning people’s body temperature on entry to public spaces, such as railway stations, airports and large venues. This will allow those who may be suffering from Covid-19 to be isolated, reducing the further spread of the virus in crowded places.
- Retail: Thermal imaging technology will support the safety of staff and customers in supermarkets or other shops in identifying people with fevers and diverting them away from the stores.
- Business headquarters: For businesses preparing for the return of large number of employees to their offices. Fever-screening will detect any employees or visitors who could be infected with Covid-19, preventing it from spreading within the office.
The technology has been developed in several formats, from handheld units to mounted cameras. Locating the thermal cameras at site entrances allows a large number of people to be checked at one time, in public areas or when a large number of employees are entering a building at the same time, during shift changes at manufacturing sites, or employees arriving for work at a large office block. The portable handheld solution, meanwhile, can be used to check individuals who may have an elevated body temperature.
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 people with a high body temperature, depending on the scenario. 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.
Jason Towse, managing director of Mitie business services, said: “Ensuring the safety of our clients’ employees and customers has always been our priority, and this is even more important during the coronavirus pandemic. 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.
“We are evolving to meet this new threat. By harnessing thermal technology we can support businesses in keeping people safe – be that those at the coalface of the pandemic or others looking to find safe ways to return to daily life as and when restrictions begin to ease.”