The sudden appearance of “COVID detection” and “fever identifying” cameras and software have created a significant amount of confusion in the marketplace. Few organizations have had a reason to explore a solution like this in the past, and companies are making buying decisions based on claims that have limited testing for the proper scope and scale of the solution’s deployment.
There are only a few FDA-approved, temperature-sensing thermal cameras and software solutions available in the market today, and they have typically served the pharmaceutical and biochemical vertical markets. An FDA-approved thermal camera temperature solution is governed by ISO13154, which sets the standard for the deployment, implementation, and operational guidelines for identifying febrile humans using a screening thermograph. These installations carry a high cost but have extreme value in the right environments and applications. The Advanced Solutions Team from Convergint has identified and is able to support and partner with solutions that are FDA-approved if it is a customer requirement.
Organizations looking to deploy a more cost-effective solution for a commercial application have extensive options, and again, will get varying results based on the type of environment, the installation methodologies, and the claims versus the actual performance of the sensor and software being utilized. Convergint’s Advanced Solutions team has identified thermal cameras and software that we are confident can provide a starting place for frictionless and scalable temperature detection for commercial applications:
After extensive research and disqualifying multiple applications currently on the market, Convergint’s Advanced Solutions Team has identified the following four solution providers that may be applicable in the correct environment.