Vodafone's 5G accelerator launches Covid-19 thermal imaging system

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As countries around the world look at how they emerge from social distancing measures surrounding the Covd-19 outbreak, businesses and public bodies must take steps to ensure that buildings are as safe as possible. To this end, Vodafone UK, in partnership with Digital Barriers, has today launched a heat detection camera to enable UK organisations get back to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The Heat Detection Camera brings together Vodafone’s expertise in IoT with innovative technology and a secure managed service to create an enterprise-grade solution that protects employees and front-of-house staff,” said Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK. “Our IoT network can connect many cameras quickly and without disruption in almost any location; and our ongoing partnership with Digital Barriers provides reassurance that the underlying software and hardware is engineered to the highest standards.”

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Digital Barriers and Vodafone Business 5G accelerator

The camera has been developed by Digital Barriers, a UK based company supported by tech incubator Tomorrow Street and the Vodafone Business 5G accelerator, and iis available on a 12-month term at £1,711 (excl.VAT) per month.

The system incorporates thermal and HD cameras that deliver real-time body temperature screening, accurate to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius.  The solution can screen up to eight people at a time, with a limit of people 100 every minute, taking less than half a second to assess individual body temperatures, and is similar to solutions currently being used in China.

“During this crisis, our role has been to keep the UK connected,” said Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK. “Now, we want to help UK organisations get their people back to work while prioritising their safety.  The Heat Detection Camera is a helpful tool to support this goal, every organisation needs one. We believe technology-led solutions will play an important role in return-to-work strategies.”

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The Heat Detection Camera combines thermal imaging and Vodafone’s leading IoT connectivity to screen the temperature of people as they enter buildings. Each camera can check the temperature of 100 people per minute.

“This Heat Detection Camera has been designed to help companies safeguard staff and customers, reopen facilities and get back to work safely,” explained Zak Doffman, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Barriers. “The solution combines class-leading temperature screening with highly secure remote access and alerts. Partnering with Vodafone UK to bring this to market will ensure it is widely available and supported by a world-class IoT network and managed services operation.”

The Heat Detection Camera is part of Vodafone UK’s Smart Vision Portfolio, and comes complete with a laptop and tablet, installation, and a secure managed service to cater for organisations with extended working hours. 

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