The way the thermal imaging cameras work is to instantly visualize temperature differences from a safe distance, identifying those who may have been infected. An integrated system raises an alarm when the higher temperature readings are reported, and the individual can be further screened for spot testing for more accurate readings. By using the systems with thermal or infrared capabilities, health officials can quickly identify, test and if needed isolate unwell individuals to prevent further spread of the disease.
As an alternative to measuring temperatures manually with handheld devices, which is a time consuming and labor-intensive process, thermal body temperature solutions are a non-invasive and fast method to check body temperatures from a safe distance. With the introduction of facial detection and AI the accuracy of temperature scanning’s can be improved to offset environmental factors. Some thermal cameras can detect temperature differences down to 0,05 degrees and register objects and people even in total darkness at a distance of over 100 meters. The effectiveness of these cameras has led the police in Dubai to test wearing thermal imaging devices on their helmets, enabling a quick temperature scan of any individuals they encounter.
There is also the possibility of further integrating thermal body temperature solutions with video analytics for added health related functionality. This could for example be checking social distancing and that sanitizing stations are used as specified.
Video technology also helps hospitals manage public access to their facilities. In times like these, shortages of medical equipment can make hospitals more prone to thefts and access control solutions are key in securing restricted areas and preventing unauthorized access.
Drones and robots are also increasingly being used in new ways to secure safe distancing. In situations where direct contact is necessary, robots can serve as middlemen. In cases where unauthorized persons are identified, they can enable security personnel to communicate with the persons from a safe distance. In Dubai drones and robots are, for example, used to disinfect streets and buildings at night.
Crowd management systems with the enablement of video technology can be implemented to enforce social distancing to curb down the spread of virus. Accurate counting solutions using video technology and contact less access control systems can play an important part in the areas where evacuation is required and help organizations know that no one is missed.
With videos analytics and forensic tools systems can be set up to track the movements of individuals across CCTV networks. And by leveraging correlations of IoT devices, systems and intelligent analysis of large amounts of data with artificial intelligence, the spread of the virus can be tracked across societies.
In summary, innovations in video technology is proving an important ally in helping protect the health and safety of people and communities. Our Video Management Systems provide an open platform that allows the integration of the many technologies, such as AI, analytics and heat-mapping capabilities, into video systems that play a key role in frontline containment strategies.
Granted, we need to follow the personal privacy regulations and as a video management company, we take this responsibility very seriously. To help system integrators and end users design, implement, and operate GDPR-compliant video management installations, Milestone Systems provides a holistic set of tools, including an extensive GDPR Privacy Guide with ready-to-use templates, as well as privacy awareness training for end users. We work closely with our partners to navigate these unprecedented times together.