Thermal sensors monitor health in public spaces

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Smart thermal imaging systems help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Thermal monitoring camera production prioritised for health monitoring during global health crisis.

The FLIR A400/A700 Thermal Smart Sensor and Thermal Image Streaming fixed camera system from FLIR Systems is an industrial sensor with wide applications in equipment monitoring, production process control and security monitoring for critical infrastructure and premises.

During the current pandemic, the company has prioritised its production for fulfilling global requirements for elevated skin temperature screening to detect illness in public spaces and in the receptions of premises to which the public has access.

The cameras are also used in product development, emissions monitoring, waste management, facilities maintenance and Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) improvements.

For all applications, the thermal smart sensor offers multi-image streaming, edge computing and Wi-Fi connectivity to help speed data flow and enable faster decisions, improving productivity and safety for professionals. It is particularly suited to those responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

FLIR designed the A400/A700 cameras with two configurations to better meet application-specific needs.

The Thermal Smart Sensor configuration, recommended for measuring elevated skin temperatures, incorporates advanced measurement tools and alarms with edge computing to enable faster critical decisions.

In other applications, the Image Streaming configuration provides multiple thermal streaming capabilities to help optimise process control, improve quality assurance or identify potential failures that could shut down a production line.

Users design their systems by choosing either the Smart Sensor or Imaging Streaming configurations, selecting either the A400 or A700 camera body based on the resolutions they need, and then adding lenses and a range of optional features to fit their application.

“For more than 40 years, FLIR thermal imaging has provided technologies for professionals to improve not only their capabilities, but also their safety on the job,” says Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR.

“As the world works together to face the global COVID-19 pandemic, given the need for this technology, FLIR will prioritise initial deliveries of this new A-series camera to professionals using it in elevated skin temperature screening as an adjunct to other elevated body temperature screening tools to help to fight the spread of the virus.”

Further to this cause, FLIR is currently in beta testing for an automated elevated skin temperature screening software solution that is fully integrated with its United States Food and Drug Administration-certified thermal cameras. The solution is designed to rapidly increase the accuracy, ease-of-use, and speed of existing screening procedures.

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