Powercast Corporation today announced the launch of a new wirelessly-powered RFID Temperature Scanning System.
FREMONT, CA: Powercast Corporation is the leader in radio-frequency (RF)-based, over-the-air wireless power technology. Today, it declares the launch of a new wirelessly-powered RFID Temperature Scanning System enables businesses to easily and safely monitor employees' temperatures as companies work to re-open and get back to normal.
The new system comprises a wirelessly-powered temperature-scanning fob for every employee, an RFID reader, and a TV monitor. Employees get a fob small enough to fit onto the keychain that is customized to them. The fob charges quickly when held near an RFID reader at the business entrance using Powercast's patented power harvesting technology. Employees scan their forehead utilizing the fob to read their temperature and are allowed to enter or are denied entry depending on the reading that appears on the monitor.
Multiple readers can record the contact tracing for more prominent organizations and those on corporate campuses if issues arise. Once the employees take their temperature while entering the building, they can return the fob to their pocket, and dont have to remove it again for location tracking. In that case of COVID-19 exposure, timestamped information can be automatically gathered from the readers to ensure that all potentially exposed employees are notified.
Powercast's Temperature Scanning System is there in use at Powercast's headquarters in Pittsburgh's RIDC Park. The RFID reader antenna is incorporated into the company's check-in counter, allowing fast, hands-free screening. In the first 12 days, the system took 300 readings, which were as accurate as a traditional handheld thermometer. The new Powercast Scanning System has a distinct advantage over the handheld devices shared and hard to maintain germ-free, or other modes that need employees to stop and write down their information, potentially sharing pens and forming blockage entry points.
"We designed this new Temperature Scanning System to take advantage of proven technologies that can be quickly and easily implemented by companies of all sizes so that they can get back to work, safely and without a huge imposition to workers," said Charles Greene, Ph.D., chief operating and technical officer of Powercast. "This is one of many ways we are applying wireless power to solve real-world problems and eliminate some of the limits of other alternatives."