As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected and this can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening.
Honeywell has announced it is trialling a temperature monitoring solution that uses infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering a facility.
The ThermoRebellion system uses thermal cameras and AI to detect elevated facial temperature and can also verify if an individual is wearing suitable personal protective equipment.
It is one of a number of temperature detection solutions that have been launched in recent weeks to help governments and organisations manage the return to work as coronavirus lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
According to Honeywell, its solution can be rapidly deployed at the entryway of a factory, airport, or other commercial buildings to quickly identify whether personnel exhibit an elevated temperature – and, therefore, are at greater risk of viral illness.
As individuals pass in front of a high-resolution, thermal imaging camera, their skin temperature is automatically detected within two seconds and displayed on an accompanying monitor.
This can alert a person with an elevated temperature to seek additional screening. In addition, operators gain real-time information about personnel entering their facilities enabling them to take measures to keep their premises safe and secure.
Honeywell is piloting its temperature screening solution at two of its US production facilities, including the company’s new N95 face mask manufacturing centre in Phoenix.
“We’ve developed this breakthrough technology to automate and streamline the monitoring of an individual’s temperature and reduce the need for invasive monitoring. Honeywell is committed to developing new solutions to help workers, families and communities stay safe,” said Renaud Mazarguil, president of Honeywell’s Gas Analysis and Safety business.
“Protecting worker safety is the top priority for any building operator and today, more than ever, managers are looking for innovative solutions to enhance their health screening processes.”
The system integrates with Honeywell’s Forge platform and Healthy Building Solutions that provide a holistic view of a building’s health based on key factors like air quality, social distancing, occupant flow, sanitation, wellness density and governance adherence.
The system also automatically logs data to simplify and standardise record-keeping for compliance, reducing the need for potentially error-prone manual tracking processes.
The company claims the solution is easy to install and commission, and is simple to operate with minimal training using an intuitive graphical user interface.
The new temperature screening solution incorporates intelligent, visual monitoring technology from Rebellion Photonics, which Honeywell acquired in December 2019.