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How to create the optimal thermal camera setup for your organisation

Posted in Articles on 23/4/2020

How you need to create the optimal thermal camera setup for your organisation

With schools, businesses, and public spaces preparing to gradually open back up to the public, thermal imaging cameras can provide peace of mind, ensuring that you’re not jeopardising the health of your stakeholders.

For staff and students, knowing there are systems in place for early detection of virus symptoms can reassure them that they’re safe at work and that they’re not unknowingly putting their peers at risk.

Thermal cameras set up at checkpoints or hand-held by personnel at airports, businesses, schools, and other institutions can be used to screen large numbers of people quickly and reliably, and help control the spread of viruses.

With advanced detectors and algorithms, Hikvision’s Fever Screening Thermographic Cameras can detect elevated body temperatures in moving crowds, with accuracy up to ±0.3°C, suitable for office buildings, factories, stations, airports and other public places.

Some of their standout features include:
• One second temperature detection in a person
• Multi-person detection simultaneously
• Non-contact temperature measurement to avoid physical contact
• Immediate alarm to notify operators
• AI detection to reduce false alarms from other heat sources

In this article, we’ll explore the two different ways you can set up a thermal imaging camera in your organisation. 

Handheld thermal camera solution

Pros: The key advantage of a handheld thermal camera solution lies in its portability. The size and weight of handheld cameras mean they can be deployed almost anywhere in a building without needing to be close to walls or mounting posts, suitable for on-the-spot inspections of staff without disruption their workflow. They can also be reused at different entry or exit points at different times around a building.

Cons: By their nature, handheld cameras need to be operated by staff who would have to be pulled away from their normal roles to monitor the cameras which impacts how labour is allocated and prevents it from being an easily scalable solution unless it’s also equipped with a Wi-Fi module. It also increases the risk to the members of the staff performing this task due to the constant exposure to potential carriers. Handheld cameras are also more expensive than their mounted counterparts.

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Handheld thermal camera solution setup

iVMS-4200 software or Hik-Thermal (app) + Tripod

Accuracy: ±0.5°C

With a Wi-Fi module*, the handheld camera can connect to a PC or a smartphone. It also features a built-in speaker for an audio alarm.

Handheld thermal camera solution deployment

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Mounted thermal camera solution 

Pros: Mounted cameras like Hikvision's turret or bullet thermal cameras require lower maintenance after installation, which makes this solution easier to scale for large deployments. They’re slightly cheaper than their handheld counterparts and their outputs are usually of a higher resolution.

Cons: Mounted cameras don’t have the flexibility of handheld cameras, requiring an individual to come into the line of sight of the camera for their temperature to be recorded, as opposed to being able to examine the temperature of any individual at any given time. Installation cost and expertise is another factor to take into consideration.

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Mounted thermal camera solution setup

Turret/Bullet Camera

iVMS-4200 software + Laptop + Bracket

Accuracy: ±0.5°C

The turret/bullet camera features AI detection to reduce false alarms caused by other heat sources.

Option 1: Thermal & Optical Turret Camera

Option 2: Thermal & Optical Bullet Camera

Mounted thermal camera solution deployment

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Mounted thermal camera with blackbody calibrator solution

Pros: The blackbody calibration device sets the temperature value and is a standard temperature source. The thermal device is calibrated based on the temperature of the blackbody. The thermal device is matched with the blackbody for real-time calibration (the blackbody is arranged opposite the thermal device to ensure that the front of the blackbody appears in the thermal device's screen) to ensure that the temperature measurement accuracy is precise (± 0.3 °C) for added peace of mind if there are many higher-risk individuals at the environment in question. The blackbody only needs to be powered, no internet required.

Cons: Running a blackbody calibrator may take up additional space in an entry bottleneck and may be jostled by foot traffic, so is more suited to a mounted solution setup as opposed to a handheld solution setup.

Mounted thermal camera with blackbody calibrator solution setup 

iVMS-4200 software + Laptop + Bracket

Accuracy: ±0.3°C

Option 1: Thermal & Optical Turret Camera

Option 2: Thermal & Optical Bullet Camera

Plus: Blackbody Calibrator

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Does your organisation need to deploy thermal cameras for a fever scanning solution?

Our business specialists can help you keep your staff and your wider organisation safe. Talk to us today to discuss the most effective solution for your premises or request a quote.

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