D-Link introduces new fever-screener technology to identify over heating staff in the COVID-19 crisis

Camera maker D-Link has launched a new spy-cam which can take the temperature of everyone in the office and report on who looks a bit peaky.

The new Group Temperature Screening Camera, DCS-9500T, is an all-in-one intelligent fever screening kit with a dual-lens thermographic picture taker, blackbody calibrator and management software.

It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse data from the thermographic camera and can raise an alarm automatically if an unusually high body temperature is detected in any of the subjects. 

The system was developed by South Korean vendor D-Link for monitoring large, busy areas and gives fast skin-surface temperature detection for up to 30 people at once with accuracy to the nearest 0.3°C.

D-Link says it is intended for schools, factories, office buildings, airports or hospitals.

The fever screener has a high accuracy camera with a wide-angle thermal lens and an uncooled IRFPA 400×300 microbolometer high-resolution thermal sensor. Together these create razor-sharp thermal images and precise results when identifying those with a temperature. 

A full high definition (HD) optical imaging sensor allows the kit to create high-quality footage that overlays thermal and optical images into one.

Facial recognition technology in the management software means that the kit can identify staff members who are falling ill.

The fever screening system is compatible with open industry forum ONVIF, so it can be integrated into existing systems. 

The management software can manage up to 32 cameras, so up to 900 people could be monitored at once. 

Questions

What made the South Koreans develop this particular application of the technology?

Is it in use already in South Korea?

The technology identifies people who are overheating. How does it raise an alarm to management: through a discrete email to a manager, does it use public shaming methods such as social media or does it employ direct digital intervention such as shutting down the individual’s technology and despatching a Robot to eject them from the premises?

Has anyone raised any queries about the use of this technology?

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