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Eagle Eye Networks launches elevated temperature screening solutions

Eagle Eye Networks has launched its cloud-based, turnkey elevated temperature screening system, making them available via its reseller partners. 

The company will be providing a complete system via its reseller partners which includes a thermal camera, blackbody calibration unit, cloud-based recording subscriptions, and real-time notifications. The calibration unit is recommended by the FDA for these applications to increase accuracy. Eagle Eye resellers can offer solutions to restaurants, factories, warehouses, office, retailers, hotels, healthcare, fitness, and other industries in order to provide passive temperature screening as business resumes.

“Elevated temperature screening, although not fully proven, is a potential tool to enhance people’s safety as the world resumes business. The desire to measure everyone’s temperature when entering a facility is new, but the technology was quickly integrated into the open Eagle Eye Video API platform — providing an excellent example of why an open platform is superior.  You cannot accurately predict all your security system needs as the world and technology changes so rapidly. You really must have an open platform, like the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS, to be prepared,” said Dean Drako CEO of Eagle Eye Networks.

The solution on offer from the business is said to include all necessary components, while to address any concerns over cyber security, Eagle Eye highlights its use of a Cyber Lockdown feature. Thermal cameras from Sunell, Hikvision, Dahua, Mobotix, FLIR and others, are also supported.

The recently announced enhancements to the its Cloud Video Management System means that Eagle Eye can offer full support of dual spectrum cameras used in elevated temperature detection.

Interest in the use of dual spectrum cameras with integrated analytics for locating faces and measuring temperature has greatly increased amongst Eagle Eye resellers, as they look for tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

EagleEye-Thermal-20The Eagle Eye Cloud Video platform has always supported a large range of thermal cameras, however, some newer thermal cameras, that claim higher accuracy, operate simultaneously in the visible spectrum and the thermal spectrum. They combine information from both spectrums to obtain temperature readings more accurately on the human face.  These cameras produce specific analytic information which has been integrated into the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS. It is now simple to operationalise the deployment of these advanced cameras, view them remotely, record them to the cloud, and receive notifications when temperature setpoints are exceeded.

“The quick support for this advanced thermal technology, hosted on the Eagle Eye Video API Platform, demonstrates the future proof nature of this service. Integration of new technologies, new cameras, and new capabilities are core to our open cloud platform. This is a great example of being able to rapidly deliver a solution, in response to an unexpected situation, with a technology that could prove to be very important. This is only possible with an open cloud platform,” said Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks.

The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS is built on the Eagle Eye Video API Platform, making integration of new technologies like this quick and straightforward, assures the business.

Fundamentals of elevated body temperature screening using thermal cameras

Here, Dean Drako from Eagle Eye Networks talks users through five key points when using thermal cameras deployed with video management systems to detect elevated body temperatures.

There is an opportunity for the physical security industry to contribute to the pandemic battle, and develop some powerful tools in preparation for any future epidemics or pandemics.

One promising area is thermal cameras deployed with video management systems and analytics to detect elevated body temperatures and thereby assist with virus containment.

I’d like to share with you five points regarding this technology:

  • Elevated temperature screening is not coronavirus screening
    Thermal cameras are generally not approved for, nor intended to be used as medical devices. Furthermore, some people who have the virus may not show a fever.
  • Thermal cameras work by creating an image using the infrared spectrum and then correlating it to temperature
    A system can either utilise the highest temperature in the image, or use analytics to find faces and measure temperature on the eyes or forehead.
  • Higher accuracy cameras utilise a small calibration unit placed within the camera’s view
    In contrast, typical thermal cameras used alone show a baseline accuracy of plus or minus 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit which is not considered accurate enough to measure body temperature. Eagle Eye Networks recently tested a solution with a calibration unit and found it accurate to plus or minus *ZERO POINT 4* degrees.
  • Video management systems can utilise analytics to automatically send notifications or generate an alarm
    This can happen when pre-specified temperature points are exceeded. These notifications eliminate the need to have a dedicated attendant constantly monitoring.
  • A video management system should include cyber security protection
    This should help to prevent cameras being used as an attack vector. This is especially important given the current shortage of thermal cameras.

With more focus and development, automatic, non-intrusive, elevated temperature screening can help give peace of mind as we regroup and reengage. It may become common for us to passively screen people who enter a building and ask those with elevated temperature to work from home.

We are extending the Eagle Eye Cloud Video Management Platform to fully support elevated body temperature screening using multiple different thermal cameras. We have been testing accuracy while doing this and the results are promising.


DISCLAIMER: Eagle Eye products are not designed to diagnose coronavirus, H1N1, SARS, or Influenza. Eagle Eye is not advertising cameras for use in the medical industry or for medical purposes. Thermal products can identify individuals in a population that display higher temperature. Thermal cameras do not find individuals experiencing coronavirus symptoms. There is no way to thermally detect an infected individual who has a normal body temperature. Only a licensed medical professional can determine if a warm individual has a medical condition. Eagle Eye products are not sold or marketed for any medical use.


 

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