Invisible Health Technologies CEO Andrew Southern is interviewed on PIX New York to discuss Fever Detection Technology, Thermal Cameras and Mass Fever Screening Systems.
Testing tracing and public confidence. That’s what officials say we need to rebound from COVID-19 tonight.
A company thinks they have the answer to at least one of those issues. They’ve come up with the technology to track temperatures on a massive scale, but privacy concerns could become an issue in all this moving forward.
We spoke with the owner about the future of fever scanners.
Imagine walking through a crowded airport with a fever, when someone pulls you out of the sea of people and asks to take your temperature.
Andrew Southern, CEO of Invisible Health Technologies says with infrared cameras, it won’t be long before we’re seeing scenes like that play out in a post COVID world.
I think that it will help people feel confident to come out, back into public and go to businesses and go into buildings and get onto airplanes in crowded spaces.
A career technology consultant, Southern says he’s always had a skill set for prescribing technology. So when the pandemic hit the U S he wanted to put it to good use.
He founded his company in New York last month and is now selling Mass Fever Scanners, and other technological tools to fight COVID around the country.
But the technology isn’t new. Countries like Singapore have been using mass fever scanners since the SARS outbreak in 2003. And since COVID-19 hit VA hospitals and fortune 50 companies here in the States are already running pilot programs,
Unlike individual kiosks, mass fever scanners allow officials to monitor large crowds without requiring people to wait in line. Only if someone sets off the machine, would they need to be pulled out of the crowd for an individual temperature reading to confirm the findings.
We need to figure out a way to keep everybody safe without slowing them down. And these, the best of these thermal scanners allow for people to just walk right by, which is why Southern says the cameras would be perfect at places like arenas or transportation hubs, where you need to move a lot of people very quickly.
And when it comes to privacy concerns, he says there are more important and less invasive than the eyes we already have in the sky, but these are no different than a surveillance camera. Instead of saying like color, they’re seeing temperature, and none of this data is saved.
This is all in real time, the machines are accurate within 0.3 degrees and Southern says, installing them now would help us better prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 or whatever the next pandemic might be.