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Vodafone heat detection camera aids Covid-19 return to work

Steve Rogerson
May 6, 2020



Vodafone, in partnership with Digital Barriers, has launched a heat detection camera to help UK organisations get back to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The camera combines thermal imaging and Vodafone’s IoT connectivity to screen the temperature of people as they enter buildings.
 
“During this crisis, our role has been to keep the UK connected,” said Anne Sheehan, business director for Vodafone UK. “Now, we want to help UK organisations get their people back to work while prioritising their safety. The heat detection camera is a helpful tool to support this goal; every organisation needs one. We believe technology-led solutions will play an important role in return-to-work strategies.”
 
Each camera can check the temperature of 100 people per minute; thermal images are streamed securely and in real time to a laptop or mobile device and instant analytics provide a discreet alert that a person may have a raised temperature. These alerts should then be further investigated using standard clinical evaluation methods to determine whether any further action is necessary. IoT provides reliable and secure connectivity and enables standalone installation with no additional IT requirements.
 
The camera has been developed by Digital Barriers, a UK based innovator supported by tech incubator Tomorrow Street and the Vodafone Business 5G accelerator. It incorporates thermal and HD cameras that deliver real-time body temperature screening accurate to within ±0.3˚C. It can screen up to eight people at a time and 100 every minute; it takes less than half a second to assess individual body temperatures.
 
“This heat detection camera has been designed to help companies safeguard staff and customers, reopen facilities and get back to work safely,” said Zak Doffman, chief executive officer of Digital Barriers. “The solution combines class-leading temperature screening with highly secure remote access and alerts. Partnering with Vodafone UK to bring this to market will ensure it is widely available and supported by a world-class IoT network and managed services operation.”
 
The camera is suitable for all business and public sector users; it can provide reassurance to employees and customers and protect front-of-house staff.
 
“The heat detection camera brings together Vodafone’s expertise in IoT with innovative technology and a secure managed service to create an enterprise-grade solution that protects employees and front-of-house staff,” said Scott Petty, chief technology officer of Vodafone UK. “Our IoT network can connect many cameras quickly and without disruption in almost any location, and our on-going partnership with Digital Barriers provides reassurance that the underlying software and hardware is engineered to the highest standards.”
 
The camera is part of Vodafone’s Smart Vision Portfolio. It comes with a laptop and tablet, full installation and a round-the-clock secure managed service to cater for organisations with extended working hours. The managed service monitors the system infrastructure and field engineers will be sent if a camera fails.