Why Using a Thermal Detector is Critical During the Age of COVID-19

A Fast and Accurate Thermal Detector is Necessary for Capturing Temperature Readings From a Distance

July 20, 2020

Gone are the days in which gathering in enclosed spaces with large groups of people is normal or even allowed. Due to the current pandemic, businesses are taking increased precautions to ensure the safety of both their employees and customers. Even though some parts of the country are starting to open up again, it is important to practice safe social distancing methods and to stay at home if you are starting to feel any symptoms. 

To ensure the safety of everyone inside their stores, businesses are starting to invest in a thermal detector to scan customers before allowing them to enter. These thermal detectors are designed to perform fever-screenings from a safe distance away. 

Read on to learn more about how these detectors work and how they can help your business stay safe.

What is a Thermal Detector?

The Detection Experts Review Why So Many Companies Are Investing in a Thermal Detector 

FEEVR thermal detector

According to the CDC, experiencing fever or chills is a symptom of the coronavirus. These symptoms may appear anywhere from two to fourteen days after being exposed to the virus. 

To ensure that no one with a high fever enters their building, companies are scanning customers with thermal detectors. Many of these smart and innovative devices can detect a fever from a short distance away. Anyone who has a temperature reading of 100.4 degrees is then politely asked to leave or, depending on the venue, is brought aside for secondary screening by a health professional.

 

By screening individuals for possible fevers, you can help ensure the safety of both your employees and customers. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Thermal Scanners

Thermal scanners have been around for a while. But since an increasing number of businesses have opened their doors during the pandemic, there has been an uptick in interest in these devices. Here are the most frequently asked questions people have about thermal detectors. 

How much do thermal scanners usually cost?

Thermal scanners and imaging systems can cost anywhere from $200 to $7,000. The quality and sensitivity of the scanner typically influence the price. Some scanners offer extra features such as easy portability or an AI-based mobile app. 

How do thermal imaging cameras measure temperature?

Most thermal imaging cameras measure a person’s temperature using infrared sensors. Because these cameras look at the outer surface of an object, they measure the temperature of the skin rather than the body’s internal temperature in the way that a thermometer would.  The software used by the thermal imaging camera can convert external skin temperature to body temperature thus enabling the device to detect an elevated body temperature. 

If I recently exercised will that misconstrue the scanner’s reading?

Because the body is so adept at regulating its temperature, you will not remain hot for a prolonged period of time after exercising. Therefore, if you took a quick run or fit in a workout session before going out, you can rest assured that your skin temperature will remain accurate. It’s necessary to rest approximately 45 to 60 seconds after exercising for skin temperature to return to normal ranges. 

Can you use a thermal detector without having to make physical contact with a person?

Yes. Some thermal detectors are equipped to perform scans from six to ten feet away. However, other thermal detectors must be placed close to the face in order to produce an accurate reading. Because the CDC recommends keeping at least a 6 ft distance away from others, you should take the thermal detector’s optimal performance range into consideration. 

How FEEVR Sets Itself Apart From Competitors

This Fast, Contact-Free Thermal Detector Minimizes the Risk of Cross-Contamination

feevr detection app

With the rising demand for thermal detectors comes an increase in the number of products offered on the market. While it’s certainly beneficial to have a wide range of brands and devices to choose from, it can also be difficult to distinguish the mediocre products from the cutting-edge detectors, especially if this technology is still new to you. 

This is where FEEVR comes in — a non-contact temperature scanning device — for businesses of all sizes and needs. The FEEVR’s user-friendly and portable scanning system is perfect for companies looking for a simple yet effective solution for screening customers. Not only does the FEEVR have a high rate of accuracy, but it also allows employees to keep a safe distance from customers when scanning them for high body surface temperatures.

How it Works

diagram for feevr scanner in use

FEEVR is a non-contact thermal imaging device that helps minimize the risk of cross-contamination among different people. By using a quick and efficient artificial intelligence-based system, FEEVR can screen and detect individuals with elevated temperatures even in a crowded environment. 

The FEEVR kit includes a tripod fit for holding the pre-configured Android device featuring a FLIR thermal imaging camera. Users can also set the imaging camera on a tripod or use it as a handheld. With the snapshot functionality, the FEEVR can capture a person’s temperature and automatically send an alert if it rises above a particular threshold. 

FEEVR in the Real World

Watch the FEEVR thermal detector in action at the Lakewood Municipal Court in Colorado. The Lakewood Municipal Court currently uses the FEEVR to scan for any visitors with a temperature of 100.4 or higher. Anyone with a temperature at or above this threshold is turned away and given a new court date.


Companies including GoDaddy, Toyota, and Verizon already rely on the FEEVR thermal detector for its accuracy and reliability. To learn more information about FEEVR, contact the team at the Detection Experts today.

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