Technology Tips
01 May 2020

9 Things to Consider Before You Buy A Fever Detection System

1. How Many People Can the System Process at One Time? 

There are three types of systemshandhelds, kiosks, and thermal camera systemsHandhelds require an employee to operate them and can only process one person at a time. Kiosks are activated by the visitor but can only process one person at a time. Higherend thermal camera systems are automated and can read multiple people at the same time. 

2. How Long Does It Take For The System To Get A Temperature Reading? 

The time it takes to get a reading varies from system to system. Some do it in a fraction of a second, while others can take more than ten seconds. If you are looking at a system that scans one person at a time, the time to scan is crucial factor in determining if the solution is suitable for your situation. If the system scans people as they flow into your building, you need to make sure that the system can handle the number of people and the pace that they enter. 

3. How Accurate Is the System? 

For fever detection, accuracy is key. Some systems require periodic calibration, and others are designed to continuously self-calibrate. Another factor is susceptibility to thermal distractions like a cup of coffee or a cellphone. Accuracy is a crucial component of giving your employees and visitors the confidence that your facility is safe. 

4. Does the System Require the Person Being Scanned to Do Anything? 

Some systems require that the person being scanned stops at a checkpoint or looks directly at the camera. Other systems are entirely passive and operate without requiring any action by the person entering the building. Requiring people to change their routine while entering your facility will impact whether the system is used over time and may also cause confusion for those that are not familiar with the system. 

5. Can It Scan Temperature If Someone Is Wearing A Mask? 

Make sure the system you select can scan temperature in a real-world setting. Can it scan someone wearing a mask? A hoodie? Sunglasses? What about someone talking on their smartphone?  

6. Does the System Use Facial Recognition? 

Some systems offer facial recognition to watch for or restrict entry to only known people. Facial recognition is a controversial topic, so make sure your system can be configured in a way that conforms with your company’s policies. 

7. How Does the System Handle Alerts? 

The most basic form of alerting is either a flashing light or an audible alarm. More sophisticated systems can send alerts to a monitoring station or mobile device. The most advanced systems can use facial recognition to route alerts to security personnel or the appropriate supervisor. 

8. Can the System Interface with Your Security System? 

Some systems are standalone, and others can work with security systems. If you are looking to integrate with your security system, make sure the system you choose has the hardware and software required to do this. 

9. What Kind of Reporting Does the System Provide? 

If you think you will need data to justify the value of this type of system, nothing is better than collecting real data from your system. Some systems offer the ability to collect data, analyze the information, and create reports.  

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