Without a pandemic vaccine in hand, companies, airports, schools, and hospitals are turning to temperature scanning technology, such as infrared thermal cameras, in an effort to help reduce the spread of the virus.
“Thermal imaging and sensing technology will certainly be among the lines of defense against the virus, according to market research firm Yole Développement, triggering a boom in the market for thermal technologies. Between 2019 and 2020, the thermal imager and thermal detector markets are projected to rise by 76 percent and 20 percent, respectively,” as reported by EE Times.
In addition, according to Reuters, “Thermal cameras, which measure the amount of energy an object emits relative to its surroundings, represent a potentially safer non-contact alternative. The cameras scan people as they enter through doorways or hallways and send alerts to pull aside an employee for a check with a thermometer.”