Bodkin Design Develops Thermal Imaging Solution to Identify COVID-19 Cases

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As more and more states start implementing plans for opening up businesses that have been closed for two months, there are many questions about how to effectively manage COVID-19 once restrictions are reduced or eliminated. 

While the spread seems to be slowing, many wonder if it’s too soon to start returning to more normal conditions.  Others, however, insist it has to happen to avoid an even bigger crisis, as millions of people have already been without employment during the pandemic.  The truth is, neither group is wrong.  People need to get back to work to be able to support their families and re-stabilize the economy, but it has to be done carefully, with appropriate measures to minimize risk.

The CDC lists running a fever among the key symptoms exhibited by people with the COVID-19 coronavirus.  As such, many are looking at temperature monitoring to help assess risk in workplaces and public areas as they re-open for business and activity. 

Like many companies, Bodkin Design and Engineering, which develops military-grade sensor technology, has shifted its attention to coronavirus management.  The company has released a new tool that relies on non-contact infrared thermometry that can identify people running a fever.  By quickly identifying potentially infected people, the solution can help reduce the spread of the virus, which, as we have seen, can happen very quickly on a large scale when not contained.

The solution works by using BD&E’s Thermal Reference with low-cost thermal cameras to get accurate temperature readings in public areas and business spaces.  The U.S. Army is testing the Thermal Reference devices with thermal imaging devices it uses for night operations, and the New York City Transit Authority is evaluating the solution for it railway stations.