Should you be considering thermal temperature screening cameras?

Unprecedented times, unprecedented measures.

It’s a phrase we’re hearing over and over again. Organisations everywhere are having to look at integrating new working practices into every aspect of their operations, in a way no-one would ever have thought possible, let alone feasible.

As part of the overall plan to ensure a safe workplace, organisations are now having to consider how they effectively monitor who is entering and accessing their facilities, and equally, how they can prevent those that carry risk factors.

There won’t be one simple and effective way of doing this; rather it will be a combination of different processes, equipment and procedures.

It will be a learning process for everyone, but the hope is that organisations will help each other by sharing information and ideas rather than pointing the finger at anyone that gets it wrong.

The new purchasing spreadsheet

Along with distancing tape, perspex screens and floor stickers, buyers and procurement officers now find themselves in the previously unthinkable situation of considering thermal temperature screening cameras as part of their workplace toolkit.

The question is, should you?

Why you might want to consider a thermal temperature screening camera

One of the most effective ways of monitoring people for risk factors is to test for a raised temperature as they are accessing your facilities.

Being able to quickly – and safely – scan someone’s temperature will give you the information you need to allow entry or not.

One of the easiest and least obtrusive ways of doing this is through a thermal temperature scanner.

Thermal temperature scanners – are they worth it?

Whether or not they’re worth the investment will depend very much on the footfall that goes through your buildings or infrastructure.

Thermal imaging units are commonly used in high traffic areas

In transport, for example at airports or in train stations, thermal temperature scanners will surely become commonplace. Universities and schools have thousands of students passing through their doors every day for example, as do shared office buildings. In essence, any business with large numbers of staff or visitors going through their doors every day would be well served to consider investing in a thermal temperature camera.

The next question will inevitably be around budgets. Whereas the price point used to be prohibitive, the market is opening up in response to increased demand and prices are coming down.

Whilst the larger systems are still out of range for many businesses, handheld thermal temperature scanners are now becoming affordable.

Are handheld thermal temperature scanners any good?

Many people are turning to a handheld thermal temperature scanner because of price and flexibility.

You can now pick one up for under £1K, making them more affordable than their larger counterparts. They’re also light and easy to move around, ideal for businesses to monitor different areas. They can be held by hand or fixed in place to a tripod, again giving you options for how to maximise their use.

Key Benefits

Handheld thermal screening camera graphic
When mounted on a tripod, handheld screening cameras keep the flow of people moving and at the correct distance

The main benefit of a handheld thermal temperature scanner is that you can screen for raised temperatures whilst maintaining minimum distances, unlike with a digital forehead thermometer, which requires you to be directly in front of the person.

It detects accurate skin-surface temperature in real-time and produces high quality resolution images to help you clearly identify individuals with potential fever.

You set the parameters for the temperatures and what maximum temperature will trigger the alarm. This is easily seen on the screen.

Most handheld temperature cameras come with an optional tripod, which allows you to set the camera up at the necessary distance in a fixed position.

The other benefit is that it scans people quickly – up to 60 a minute.

You can also integrate the camera with a PC or mobile, and capture screen images for future reference.

There are many different models available on the market. We favour HikVision’s handheld thermal scanning camera as it’s a good quality piece of kit for under £1K and is easy to set up.

Watch the video or read more about what it’s capable of here.

The next step

Obviously investing in the right equipment to advise you of when an individual is showing as ‘at risk’ when entering your building is one thing. The next thing you’ll need to consider is the procedure for handling it and denying entry.

This will need some careful thought and handling.