In many areas, restrictions in the workplace are beginning to ease and many leaders among organizations are being introduced to a variety of technology to consider in the efforts to maintain a safe environment for both employees and clients. One technology trending currently is Thermal Imaging. Reportedly deployed by Amazon, grocery stores, houses of worship, factories and more are investing in thermal imaging as a safeguard against Covid-19. U.S. based company FLIR, a thermal camera company has reported demand for thermal technology has increased 700% amidst the pandemic. So is thermal technology the end all fool-proof solution for your organization? The answer is, no.

According to a recent article from Wired Magazine, “The FDA says infrared thermometers and cameras can be an accurate way to check for a fever. But temperature checkpoints may not provide much protection from Covid-19 in workplaces or other venues, even when combined with health questionnaires. Countries that set up checkpoints at ports to screen for fevers or other symptoms during SARS, Ebola, and swine flu outbreaks had little success at keeping out infectious people. What’s known about the novel coronavirus suggests temperature screening will have little impact during the much larger Covid-19 pandemic.”

It’s important to understand that thermal cameras do not actually measure temperature, it’s the difference in energy emitted from one object to another that’s displayed. Considering this, the systems require consistent recalibration to account for various scenarios regarding the time of day and temperature outside as employees and clients enter.

Another important aspect to note is the high possibility that someone carrying the virus may not be showing symptoms as they pass through the thermal camera system.

Does this mean thermal imaging is useless? Absolutely not. It’s important though to not approach it as a complete protective solution. Considering the investment required for this technology and the size of your organization, Thermal imaging may or may not be a wise piece to the puzzle when it comes to making your workplace feel and operate safe. Ultimately, it’s important to speak to a security engineer and develop an inclusive plan that is both effective and affordable. If you’re interested in taking that next step or you have any questions related to thermal imaging, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in contact with you soon!



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