5 Things to Consider When Deploying Fever Detection Systems
With Any New Technology, Careful Implementation is Critical to Achieve Results
Schools, workplaces, and organizations of all types are looking for solutions to return to safe operations while mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As technology solutions emerge for enforcing mask-wearing, social distancing, and other precautions, automated fever detection has attracted a vast amount of interest. With any new technology or solution, expectations must be tempered. While detecting elevated temperature or fever is a useful tool for screening people for disease, it is not a panacea and must be used carefully along with other precautions.
Does that mean that fever detection systems are something you should wait to consider? No, as these can be cost-effective measures to maintain public health, and the hardware systems they employ have multiple security applications.
However, it’s wise to understand some critical considerations for deploying this solution in your Corpus Christi, TX premises. Read on to learn more.
Where to Deploy
Thermal imaging cameras can be affected by the ambient environment. Sources of light or heat should not be close to the cameras as they can affect the detection accuracy. The system should be indoors in a controlled temperature environment with low humidity, and not close to HVAC vents and windows that can affect temperature measurement.
Despite the claims of some systems, to get accurate body temperature readings, people should be scanned one at a time. Camera lens and resolution can affect the maximum distance the subject can be for measurement. As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, blackbody calibration sources should be used at the same distance and in the same plane where people are scanned.
Policies and Workflow
You have to be ready to deal with people that don’t fall below the temperature threshold. Personnel may need to be trained to take those people to a different area for a further screen or to escort them away. In automated systems with access control environments, the fever screening should be integrated with the other security and access systems to record movements within the premises and contact tracing.
Any time you measure medical information such as temperature and use it or transmit it, you need to be mindful of regulations for privacy and HIPAA compliance. You should also keep abreast of CDC guidance as to fever screening and other associated symptoms as they have evolved throughout the pandemic. Legal and privacy issues could cause potential liability, especially if screening information is not kept confidential or used for other purposes without individual consent.
Maintenance and Calibration
Any system requires periodic calibration, testing, and maintenance. Procedures should be set in place for routine maintenance and updating any software that may improve detection accuracy as this is still continuously improving technology.
ASAP Security Services has multiple decades of experience with advanced security solutions and is committed to bringing state of the art technology solutions like fever detection to assist organizations in responding to this pandemic. To learn more, set up a consultation with our team by calling (877) 418-ASAP, filling out our contact form, or start a live chat with us below. We look forward to working with you!