MachineSense is releasing a beta version of FeverSense, a low-cost, infrared temperature scanning system that can be installed in the form of a gate or retrofitted to be installed at any entrance location to automatically scan human body temperature. The high-speed scanner doesn't require human intervention to hold a temperature gun allowing for proper social distancing and, therefore making its operation safer and less expensive.
Designed to be installed in a gate or retrofitted into an existing machine, the scanner records the temperature of each individual as they come close to the system. The system provides an alert if an elevated body temperature has been detected, allowing the person to be identified and isolated effectively. Further, the system is aided with a mobile app for self-registration of people who have been detected with an elevated temperature.
"Local authorities could enforce immediate quarantine of high-risk individuals if such actions are warranted in a city or a county," said the inventor, CTO, and co-founder of MachineSense, Biplab Pal, Ph.D, in a statement.
MachineSense is running a beta test of the FeverSense system with Novatec, Inc., a plastic machinery company located in Baltimore, MD which has been open during the state-mandated lockdown due to its classification as an essential manufacturing company.
"The entire product has been developed from concept to production within two weeks using MachineSense wearable sensors with edge technology and 3-D printing from Additive Accelerator, LLC," said Conrad Bessemer who co-owns and operates both businesses.
Versions of a similar product to use in personal homes are planned. "In the at-home version, infrared technology will trigger an automatic doorbell alert that would sense if a person is standing outside, avoiding the need to touch a doorbell. The system would alert the homeowner if the guest has an elevated temperature," explained MachineSense’s Biplab Pal.