With the deadly plague like coronavirus, researchers are actively looking for techniques to identify and diagnose the infection. Will the new device be able to help the researchers to deal with it?
FREMONT, CA: Currently, the global pandemic, coronavirus, is infecting a vast number of people in China (COVID-19), making public health authorities across the globe responsible for screening millions of individuals going through airports, coming back from cruises, and crossing borders by land. The first tool is the thermometer, and the checking is generally conducted by placing it against the forehead of every person undergoing screening. This is slow and has the tendency to cause people to bunch together, and puts staff in close vicinity to the individuals whose temperature they are measuring, all leading to enhanced chances of transmission of the virus.
Just in time, a device called KroniKare, a new fever screening system, has been developed that makes use of thermal and laser cameras, combined with a smartphone, for measuring an individual’s temperature at a distance. The technology helps in speeding travelers via transit hubs, hospital entrances, and other places, simultaneously the need for huge numbers of screeners for measuring the temperature of everyone manually.
The device accepts a smartphone within an embedded cradle, and the combo is placed on a tripod close to a door or anywhere else where people are passing by that have to be screened. Artificial intelligence (AI) makes this device even more capable of measuring the temperature of individuals that are wearing glasses, face masks, wearing hats, and other head-wear. It does this job by identifying the forehead of those passing in front of the cameras, and this compensates accordingly, including for the environment temperature.
The system has been going through testing at two hospitals in Singapore. It is being anticipated that if this virus continues to spread, there will be numerous iThermo units available soon to be able to distinguish the sick from the healthy.