Outform Launches Thermal Imaging Technology to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Miami-based global retail innovation agency Outform has launched the iDisplay Thermometer, a device that uses thermal imaging to read the body temperatures of shoppers from up to three feet away in two seconds. The technology is designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in stores, gyms, bars, offices and other public spaces.
“Hygiene and social distancing is going to be crucial in the coming months and is likely to be an ingrained behavior for years to come,” Outform chief executive officer Ariel Haroush said in a media release. “We will need to give shoppers peace of mind in retail environments if we want them to return to stores — our next step is to combat pandemic anxiety once lockdown is lifted.”
The iDisplay Thermometer is powered by the same facial detection technology used in many mobile devices. It can capture of images of shoppers with a fever and relay the data and photo to a store manager but it will still work if the shopper is wearing a mask. It can be synced with automatic entrances to only allow entry to visitors who have passed the temperature check.
Using the technology eliminates the need to have a dedicated employee conducting scans, reducing the risk that they or anyone else will become infected in the temperate check area.