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V-Soft's Corporate Headquarters

101 Bullitt Lane, Suite #205
Louisville, KY 40222

502.425.8425
TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425
FAX: 502.412.5869

Denver, Colorado

6400 South Fiddlers Green Circle Suite #1150
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Chicago, Illinois

311 South Wacker Dr. Suite #1710, Chicago, IL 60606

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Madison, Wisconsin

8401 Greenway Boulevard Suite #100
Middleton, WI 53562

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Atlanta, Georgia

1255 Peachtree Parkway Suite #4201
Cumming, GA 30041

TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425

Cincinnati, Ohio

Spectrum Office Tower 11260
Chester Road Suite 350
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Phone: 513.771.0050

Raritan, New Jersey

216 Route 206 Suite 22 Hillsborough Raritan, NJ 08844

Phone: 513.771.0050

Toronto, Canada

1 St. Clair Ave W Suite #902, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K6

Phone: 416.663.0900

Hyderabad, India

Incor 9, 3rd Floor, Kavuri Hills
Madhapur, Hyderabad – 500033 India

PHONE: 040-48482789

Bangalore, India

GINSERV, CA Site No 1, HAL
3rd Stage Behind Hotel Leela Palace
Kodihalli, Bangalore - 560008 India

How Does Thermal Imaging Work?

Thermal imaging cameras detect fever in crowds

2020 has shown us time and time again the need to constantly adapt to changing circumstances. With CDC recommendations and health advisories, businesses and organizations alike have begun adopting technology solutions to help ensure the health and safety of employees and staff. Thermal imaging is an innovative technology that’s grown significantly in recent months due to its fitting application to current conditions and ease of integration with existing equipment.

What is Thermal Imaging?

In the simplest of terms, thermal imaging allows you to detect and measure heat that’s emitted from an object, otherwise known as infrared radiation. With the use of thermal cameras, thermal imaging can record temperatures of various objects in a given frame. The infrared frequencies are converted into electronic signals which can then be viewed as colors. The hotter an object is, the more radiation it releases and the image will appear in shades or red, orange or yellow. The cooler an object is, the image will display shades of blue, purple or green.

Thermal imaging can detect heat emitted from an object and is identified by colors that depict heat intensity

How Does Thermal Imaging Work?

To understand how thermal imaging works, you need to understand the basic process occurring within thermal cameras themselves. Inside of a thermal camera, there are a bunch of tiny measuring devices that capture infrared radiation, called microbolometers inside the thermal camera. From there, the microbolometer records the temperature and assigns that pixel to an appropriate color, based on the level of heat. These colors are what we see with our eyes, as infrared lights, while they can be felt if the intensity is high enough, are invisible to the naked eye.

Real-Life Applications of Thermal Imaging

Now that we understand what thermal imaging is and how the process works, what does that mean for businesses and organizations? How can this technology be applied and adapted to real life situations? Here are some examples on how various industries can benefit from thermal imaging solutions:

  • Oil & Gas Industry: Detecting heat from invisible gas emissions – elevated temperatures can mean a gas leak has occurred. Real time alerts by thermal cameras allow the proper measures to be taken quickly.
  • Electrical Industry: Identifying electrical issues along power lines/systems – elevated temperatures can signal the need for maintenance of damaged lines.
  • Healthcare Industry: Detecting elevated skin/body temperatures of patients – elevated temperatures can be a sign of sickness or distress and can alert healthcare workers that precautions should be taken. 
  • Manufacturing Industry: Monitoring temperatures of electrical/mechanical equipment – elevated temperatures can signal an equipment failure or overworked machine. 

Thermal imaging can detect elevated temperatures in manufacturing equipment to signal damages or failures.

Creating a Safer Environment in a Global Pandemic 

Globally, businesses are turning to digital innovations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Gartner. “Healthcare provider CIOs should use this research to inform their planning as they determine the appropriateness of adopting these new and emerging technologies across their organization.”

Technology Innovation Supporting the Response to COVID-19, include Thermal Imaging and Screening

Thermal cameras can identify elevated body temperatures, a common symptom of COVID-19, for those entering a particular building. With this contactless solution, temperatures of individuals can be sent to a database and relevant officials can be alerted if a temperature exceeds a specific threshold to enter, such as 100.4° F, the CDC’s definition of a fever. This application can be rolled out to schools to check temperatures of students and faculty entering a school, to businesses to check temperatures of employees entering an office building, and more. With this technology, organizations can be proactive in detecting elevated body temperatures before anyone enters a specific building, adding an extra layer of screening, security and protection to employees, students and staff. 

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Topics: AI, Computer vision, return-to-workplace strategy, Business Continuity, Back to Work Strategy, Thermal Imaging, Thermal Cameras

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