After being shut down for months, schools across the country have precariously reopened. Most have a well chalked approach and the latest technologies in place to minimize risk of infection among school staff and students.
The first line of defense is of course, Temperature Screening, a pre-requisite necessary with any institution reopening in the pandemic. The main benefit temperature screening offers is that you are able to identify and segregate individuals running a higher body temperature than normal.
What are the kinds of temperature screening devices being used?
In regard to schools, mainly two kinds of Non-Contact thermometers have been put in play:
- Thermal cameras
- Infrared thermometers
Thermal cameras by themselves cannot detect fevers since they measure only the surface skin temperature. Much more useful as an added measure of pre-screening, thermal cameras can offer a swifter way to return to school when compared to temperature checking every individual entering the facility.
Some crucial questions schools should be asking when purchasing thermal cameras as a temperature pre-screening device are:
- How easy is it to operate?
- How accurate is the output?
- How many people can it scan?
- At what speed can it perform this operation?
Once the prescreening alerts a certain individual as having erratic body temperatures, they are separated from the general public and re-checked in 5-7 minutes.
Thermometers that do this part of the job need to be ‘on point’, as the phrase goes.
First, temperatures recorded should be precise. Measurements should not be off by higher than 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit. Any devices less accurate than this will lead to erroneous recording.
Second, the speed at which the system processes the data should be as low as possible. A thermometer which takes say, 8-10 seconds to scan an individual, especially in a high traffic area as the school’s entry point can cause bottlenecks, that can escalate into a risky situation.
Third, there is the problem of personnel deployed for operating the systems at various entry and exit points in and around the school campus.
The other non-contact temperature screening devices are the Infrared Thermometers. Available in a kiosk, infrared temperature screening devices are self-contained computerized entry monitoring systems which can rapidly and accurately scan facial temperatures of students walking by.
Temperature scanning kiosks eliminate the need for personnel to be deployed during the screening process, nor do they allow for creating of bottlenecks.
Weather resistant, the Kiosk unit can be mobile for the car line in the morning, then moved to a hallway for uninterrupted scanning throughout the day. An adjustable versatile mount allows for installation in any area.
Some features of body temperature screening kiosks are:
- The high-end facial recognition sensor is mask-friendly, and even sends reminders to those detected without a face mask on.
- Supports face database expansion for upto 5000 faces. This feature makes temperature screening kiosks ideal for places with moving traffic.
- The built-in camera is suitable for both dark environments and places with backlight.
- Supports both offline and online modes.
- Supports various peripheral expansions such as ID card reader, fingerprint scanning, IC card reader, QR code reader, gate sensor, etc.
- System is easy to install and operate.
- Available in a wear resistant, anti-corrosive, aluminum alloy shell that can be used on three kinds of bases: Wall mounted, upright and desktop. The device itself can support angles up to 60 degrees to meet the needs of installation.
Endeavor Medical Supply offers high-quality body temperature screening kiosks for schools, businesses, and other organizations. If you are interested in learning more about our kiosks, please contact us today.