Powercast Corporation announces the launch of a new wirelessly-powered RFID Temperature Scanning System.
Pittsburgh, PA: Powercast Corporation is a leader in radio-frequency (RF)-based, over-the-air wireless power technology, announces today the introduction of a new wirelessly-powered RFID Temperature Scanning System that allows businesses to easily and safely monitor the employees' temperatures as businesses work to re-open and get back to normal.
The new system comprises a wirelessly-powered temperature-scanning fob for each employee, an RFID reader, and a TV monitor. Employees receive a fob small to fit onto the keychain personalized to them—the fob charges when it is held near an RFID reader using Powercast's patented power harvesting technology. The employees scan their forehead using the fob to read their temperature and are allowed to enter or are denied entry depending on the reading that appears on the monitor.
For bigger organizations and the ones on corporate campuses, numerous readers can be used to keep track of contact tracing if issues come up. Once the employees take their temperature when entering the building, they can return the fob to their pocket and do not have to remove it again for location tracking. In the case of COVID-19 exposure, the timestamped information can be automatically collected from the readers to make sure that all potentially exposed employees are notified.
Powercast's Temperature Scanning System is already used at Powercast's headquarters in Pittsburgh's RIDC Park. The RFID reader antenna is used in the company's check-in counter, allowing fast, hands-free screening. In the starting 12 days, the system took 300 readings that were as precise as a traditional handheld thermometer. The new Powercast Scanning System has a specific advantage over handheld devices that are shared and are hard to maintain germ-free or other modes that need the employees to stop and write down their data, potentially sharing pens and developing a blockage at entry points.
In the wake of COVID-19, businesses are impatient to get back to normal as fast as possible while ensuring that the employees' safety and welfare. A COVID-19 Returning to Work Survey of 1,000 U.S. employees by Eagle Hill Consulting discovered that 54 percent of the employees are concerned about exposure to COVID-19 at their job. Most employees felt that their employers would be ready to bring employees back to the workplace safely.
"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," says 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."