Temperature monitoring systems with contactless biometrics continue to roll out worldwide
Access control technologies, often with biometric facial recognition capabilities, continue to be upgraded with body temperature scanning sensors to meet the guidelines from official bodies like state governments and the Centers for Disease Control to identify and deny entry to people with fevers. New hardware or software products have been launched by Janam, Temperature Check, Samola Systems and Patriot One. Meanwhile VPR Brands has struck a distribution deal, and a Green Packet subsidiary, eConnect, Global Security Devices and Purview Services have announced deployments.
A new biometric facial recognition access management kiosk with thermal imaging to detect COVID-19 symptoms has been launched by Janam Technologies.
The company says the GT2 is easy to deploy, and reads temperature within 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit in less than a second from up to 20 inches away. If a fever is detected, the kiosk provides a voice alert and sounds a siren. The kiosk includes an optional mask detection mode, and can deny access to individuals not complying with mask guidance. The kiosk generates access logs for integration into human resources systems, and users can also interact with the Android-powered kiosk through a 7-inch touchscreen display.
The company will market the new kiosk to sports and live entertainment venues, airports, hospitals, retail establishments, restaurants, office buildings, hotels, schools and other organizations.
A new startup founded in response to the pandemic, Temperature Check, has launched a line of three devices, each with facial recognition, mask detection, and body temperature scanning, Technical.ly reports.
The company was founded by events industry veteran Bruce Pike, who notes that hospitality, and particularly the events space, was very hard-hit by the pandemic.
“As someone whose business for the past two decades revolved around the gathering of people, I made it my mission to provide a prevention tool to help business owners — from restaurants to corporate office lobbies and residential buildings to event venues — rebuild and enter this new reality with confidence,” Pike says.
The article includes positive feedback from a restaurant owner who is using the devices.
Temperature Check devices range in price from $1,295 to $2,295.
A new fully automated hospitality application suite with health screening and temperature monitoring has been launched by Samola Systems.
The Zeeko app suite consists of five apps, including one for pre check-in health questionnaires and IoT enabled temperature monitoring. When travelers check in, a high-definition facial image is captured to enable temperature monitoring on board, and thermal imaging kiosks with facial recognition can be deployed on the ship. Alternatively, wearables like wristbands can provide constant temperature monitoring, with data uploaded to a HIPAA-compliant cloud storage service.
Other apps provide point of sale, customer feedback, attendance tracking and online booking capabilities.
Katom Restaurant Supply is now reselling VPR Brands’ VPR Verified body temperature screening and facial recognition device to help businesses, and restaurants in particular, comply with health check protocols.
The kiosk can be used to log employees and check for mask wearing, alerting management of any breaches in policy.
Patriot One Technologies is upgrading its PATSCAN multi-sensor threat detection platform with body temperature screening, mask detection, and cross-location temperature monitoring to help predict future outbreaks.
The company has secured up to $4.5 million in co-investment funding from the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster Covid19 Program to carry out the development. The new capabilities include real-time temperature monitoring with commodity-priced thermal cameras and detection of people and problem areas not maintaining social distancing.
Half of the funding comes during a first stage of module development over a four to six-month timeframe. The second stage and remaining funding will be provided to support the refining and redeployment of Health & Safety Modules with Stage One partners and customers over a six to eight-month timeframe.
Patriot One’s Xtract.ai division has also worked with AWS, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia (UBC), and SapienML to develop a system for quickly identifying increased risk of COVID-19 from CT and X-Ray scans, based on the presence of Ground Glass Opacity. The company is also working on other access control offerings, and has engaged a marketing firm for a $120,000 digital advertising campaign.
Deployments launched for schools, casinos, nursing homes and airports
Students at several schools in Malaysia are undergoing temperature and attendance checks with facial recognition as they return to classes, according to an announcement from Green Packet Berhad subsidiary kipleLive.
Green Packet provides the systems’ facial biometrics, and students registered with kipleLive’s cloud-based attendance system have their attendance logged with a contactless check in an “attendance zone” on their way into school.
One school where the system has been deployed, SM Cheras Perdana, also piloted facial recognition contactless food distribution last year, according to the report. KipleLive is continuing to develop this solution, and plans to link student meal purchases to their parents’ account and app to authorize prepaid meals.
A photo accompanying the article shows a student using the facial recognition system while wearing a hijab and mask.
Casino operator Comanche Nation Entertainment has deployed eClear temperature screening and facial recognition technology from eConnect to make its five casinos as safe as possible for guests and staff.
eClear scanners can be used as time clocks, to perform real-time aggregate counts of entrances and exits, and to identify valuable or banned customers, in addition to temperature checks.
The company notes that elevated temperature has been found in nearly 88 percent of symptomatic COVID-19 cases.
eClear was also recently chosen by North Star Mohican Casino Resort.
Global Security Devices (GSD) has integrated biometric facial recognition and contactless body temperature scanning to its access control systems, which already utilized fingerprint biometrics, Ireland’s Business Post writes.
The GSD Facial Recognition and Temperature Screening console is suggested by the company for nursing homes, food processing facilities, offices, clinics and schools, and according to the article supports Health Information and Quality Authority recommendations for recording information, including temperature data, about employees.
The system is GDPR compliant, accurate to within 0.3 degrees Celsius, stores up to 20,000 employees and has an optional mask detection feature.
A nursing home company operator CEO told Business Post said the console’s contactless function motivated his group of nursing homes to deploy it, and another nursing home operator representative said it has been deployed at its facilities and head office.
The Scotland-based companies CEO Reddy Punna contracted the novel coronavirus while on a business trip in India, and has focussed on developing the company’s business in that country.
Purview’s temperature checking technology has been successfully trialled at Vijayawada and Rajahmundry Airports in Andhra Pradesh, and a trial is currently ongoing at Bangalore Airport. Commuter rail hub Secunderabad Railway Station, hospitals and hotels also use the technology, according to Daily Business.
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