Helping Businesses Stop COVID-19
The solutions, which have been developed by adapting existing thermal imaging technology, easily identify individuals with a fever that may be symptomatic of COVID-19.
With the capacity to detect human temperatures to within an accuracy of 0.3ºC, the technology automatically raises the alarm with monitoring teams in a range of industries and verticals on the frontline of the United Kingdom's battle against the novel coronavirus, including:
- Healthcare: Identifying potential COVID-19 sufferers as they enter hospital which will allow healthcare professionals to take precautions, such as limiting contact with other patients and ensuring all staff they encounter are wearing appropriate PPE.
- Public spaces: Scanning people’s body temperature on entry to public spaces, such as railway stations, airports and large venues. This will allow individuals potentially suffering from COVID-19 to be isolated and reduce the further spread of the virus in crowded places.
- Retail: Thermal imaging technology will support the safety of staff and customers in supermarkets or other shops in identifying individuals with fevers and potentially diverting them away from the stores.
- Business Headquarters: For businesses preparing for the return of large number of employees to their Head Offices. These fever-screening solutions will detect any employees or visitors who are potentially infected with COVID-19, preventing it from spreading further within the office.
To facilitate its application in different environments, the solution has been developed for portable, as well as fixed use - with hand held devices able to determine whether individuals exhibit elevated body temperature; and mounted thermal cameras located at site entrances used to monitor a larger number of people simultaneously.
Mitie’s specialist Fire and Security Systems’ Team has also developed a process guide for use alongside the fever-screening solutions, including best practice guidelines and procedures to manage individuals with a high body temperature, depending on the scenario. For instance, potential COVID-19 sufferers could be diverted to a safe area for further checks to be performed by an employee wearing appropriate PPE, before determining if access to the site will be granted or denied. The fever-screening solutions, alongside these guidelines, will allow businesses to protect their employees and customers, by minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections.
Announcing the new solutions, Jason Towse, managing director of Business Services for Mitie, said:
"Ensuring the safety of our clients’ employees and customers has always been our priority, and this is even more important during the Coronavirus pandemic. As many businesses start planning a return to work after lockdown, we must ensure that we all play our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.
"As the UK’s leading technology-led security provider, we are evolving to meet this new threat. By harnessing thermal technology we can support businesses in keeping people safe – be that those at the coal face of the pandemic or others looking to find safe ways to return to daily life as and when restrictions begin to ease."
A downloadable brochure is available at www.mitie.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mitie_ThermalImaging_BodyTemperatureMeasurement_Apr20.pdf.