DO RFID group have created a contactless temperature check kiosks
that can check the temperature of up to 1,500 people per hour.
The temperature check kiosks utilize thermal imaging technology and have an error margin of less than one-tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.
No data is stored on the temperature check kiosks itself. Using Platform the data is immediately encrypted and transferred to the cloud.
As states reopen to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, retailers, hotels, movie theaters and sports stadiums are all looking for ways to keep patrons and staff safe.
Many of these businesses have been closed since mid-March to help stop the spread of the virus, and they are eager to rehire staff and welcome back customers and the billions of dollars they bring. But these businesses want to do so safely to protect employees and encourage customers to return.
One common strategy is to implement temperature checks at the front door. While not perfect, temperature checks can weed out the most obvious of Covid-19 cases. Still, for venues that typically have large crowds, trying to do mass temperature checks can be an overwhelming undertaking. In these situations, the handheld temperature readers aren’t a perfect solution.
There are limits to temperature screening. The absence of a fever doesn’t mean that a person is free of the coronavirus. People can be asymptomatic or not yet be showing symptoms of Covid-19, and still transmit the virus to others. Fever-reducing medication can also impact the results.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, last month said that as many as 25% of people infected with Covid-19 may not show any symptoms. Some studies have indicated that the percentage could be even higher.
Automakers like Ford have implemented strict return to work protocols, including temperature screenings. However, Ford was forced to shut down its Chicago plant twice in less than 24 hours after two workers tested positive for coronavirus and its Michigan truck plant after one employee tested positive.
Workers at both plants are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Clarke noted that temperature checks aren’t the only strategy that businesses should be employing during the coronavirus outbreak. Masks, social distancing, and lowered attendance capacity are all strategies that businesses are using to promote safety during the outbreak.
Temperature check kiosks can also be used for checking employee temperatures. Staff can either if the temperature is normal.
Already, there are tens of thousands of kiosks like the Janus in offices, they just aren’t deployed for temperature reading. Instead, they are used for checking employees in for their shift or as self-check in kiosks at hotels. Because of that, the turnaround time for companies to order a Janus device and receive it is around four weeks, Clarke said. Adding special features like a proprietary ID reader would add around two weeks time to delivery.
While the need for a system like Janus may be urgent during the coronavirus pandemic, it many not be needed by businesses forever, Clarke said. However, he expects these kiosks could have a secondary life and function for other purposes such as checking into a hotel, screening movie tickets or other security purposes.
The temperature check kiosks have already had interest from a number of hospitality, movie theater, retail, restaurant and professional sports businesses.
Temperature check kiosks costs is not expensive. It’s recommended businesses have two machines per entrance in order to expedite entry. The kiosk can be installed as a freestanding unit, on a wall mount, or on a countertop.