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Demand for Thermal Cameras, A Norm Post COVID19?

The demand for thermal cameras has spiked in the U.S. after a rapid spread of COVID-19. Thermal cameras are more appealing than ever because they can read body temperature in real time. These cameras don’t require physical contact either. However, some companies are abusing this need when they give false information.  These companies or individuals turn online to websites and social media to make false claims. For example, some articles claim that thermal cameras can stop the spread of  the virus. A false claim is difficult to catch because most people turn to websites and social media for information. Let’s take a look at four common misconceptions and discuss their accuracy.

Do Thermal cameras stop the spread of Coronavirus?

Thermal cameras do not detect COVID-19 or any other viruses. The infrared cameras’ read body temperature to detect if its above normal levels. Companies can use this information to sead an employee home. They can protect others from being close to someone who is contagious.

Are Thermal cameras 100% accurate?

Infrared cameras have existed for over 90 years. They are widely used in Asian countries. Depending on the brand and model, these cameras can read body temperature with close accuracy. The best results vary only by a half degree. They can also read body temperature simultaneously. Most thermal imaging devices don’t require the individual to stand still in front of the camera to read their temperature. Many airports have already adopted the use of thermal cameras because passengers’ temperatures can be measured as they walk.

Infrared cameras are high maintenance, right?

Unlike thermometers that need to be sanitized after every use, thermal cameras have only one user. The person who is handling the thermometer doesn’t need to get close to the person being measured. In fact, these cameras can detect a person’s temperature from 4-6 ft away. This is the recommended distance to practicing social distancing. After installation, these cameras require only minimal training to operate. They are also low maintenance and maintain better sanitation standards.

All cameras invade privacy!

Invasion of privacy is always open for discussion. Some people fear that their personal information will be stored. Many others believe that the risk that a pandemic poses to the public is greater and it should outweigh the invasion of privacy. However, thermal cameras do not store personal information other than body temperature. When COVID-19 cases decrease, quality of life improves. In the worst of scenarios, thermal cameras will store minimal information for less than 30 days.

Thermal cameras should not be advertised as an exclusive solution to stop the spread of  COVID-19. Rather, businesses should use them in addition to other measures. High body temperature is not the only COVID-19 symptom. It can also mean that one of the many other viruses is present. Thermal cameras have proven to be useful in high traffic places like airports, schools, and large offices. The outlook of this pandemic will determine if thermal cameras are here to become the new norm of technology post covid-19. The better we respond to this pandemic, the better the outlook for the future will be.

Help your community fight the spread of viruses! Contact us today at 773-388-1208 to discover the benefits of adding thermal cameras in your property or business.

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