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Video Monitoring Goes Infrared

Sep 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Thermal technology isn’t a new thing. In fact, a company like Telguard’s sister company, AMETEK, has been creating infrared technology and devices for over 70 years. But thermal technology was too expensive for any business that was short of military budget spending. That’s no longer the case, and we’ve seen companies such as Telguard and AMETEK develop new thermal technology that can be especially useful during the pandemic.

Thermal Video Monitoring Tech and The Pandemic

One of the major benefits of thermal technology, especially during the current times, is checking to see if someone has an elevated body temperature before they enter a building. The CDC recommends that anyone with an elevated temperature stay home since a fever is a symptom of COVID-19.

Telguard and AMETEK recently developed VIRALERT 3, an all-in-one body cam that can check someone’s temperature in real-time while maintaining around three feet of distance from the subject. The great thing about this video monitoring device is it doesn’t need any manual assistance. Instead, it automatically reads the temperature of the subject and is accurate within 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit. If someone shows that their body temperate is above normal, an alarm will sound alerting the right personnel that the person needs to be excused from the building. The nice thing about this automatic technology is that it won’t slow down the flow of traffic into a building. It is not like airport security where you need to enter a machine, stand, and wait for a scan.

Beyond Medical

Thermal tech should not be thought of as a human-only temperature reading technology. Thermal technology can be your light when it is dark out. In fact, thermal technology can be a great security device, especially in areas that are poorly lit.

Thermal technology is also having a great impact in the IoT space. Thermal technology can help detect when your HVAC system is overheating, when your water management could use some TLC, or when a server is being overheated in your building. And in many cases, especially in the central station monitoring industry, if your servers go, you could be in a whole lot of trouble if your business hasn’t taken the necessary steps to be truly redundant.

Final Thoughts On Thermal Video Monitoring Technology

Even after the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, the benefits and use-cases for thermal are here to stay. For dealers looking to bolster inventory, thermal, voice control, and Cloud based services are providing wonderful opportunities for dealers.

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