Wed. Oct 21st, 2020

Nuos Home Automation launches touchless thermal scanner to safeguard workplaces from Covid-19

BENGALURU: Nuos Home Automation has introduced an infrared touchless thermal scanner, a wall-mounted thermal detector, for automatically detecting persons with elevated body temperature.

As per the government of India’s standard operating procedure for social distancing for offices, workplaces, factories and establishments, the thermal scanning of everyone entering and exiting the workplace/establishment is deemed mandatory.

The installation of these scanners at the entrances of institutions and commercial establishments like offices, shops, clinics and also the entrances of societies and households will play a crucial role in curbing the spread of the deadly virus, by indicating whether a person has fever, one of the symptoms of Covid-19.

As the workflow begins post the lifting of the lockdown, workplaces are bound to be subjected to an inflow of employees, vendors, customers, labourers, etc. The scanner will not only detect an infected person at the entrance of a premise, but also restrict their entry through its relay output, which is used to control the entire automated door to allow/disallow people based on their health condition. The installation of this device can safeguard public places like malls, public transport like flights, buses, trains, cabs from spreading the virus, by disallowing the infected persons to board.

It can be adopted by residential societies, as well as households, for detecting visitors, including delivery workers, who may be Covid-19, positive, thereby curbing the spread of the virus in the community.

The conventional IR thermal sensing handheld device (currently being imported from China) is supposed to be held against the forehead of a person and needs manual operation. As the person reading the temperature has to come in close proximity to the scanned person, they could also be at high risk of contracting the virus. The Nuos scanner, once installed at the entrance or outside the door, uses an IR thermal sensor to detect the body temperature of a person.

When a person walks in front of the scanner, the scanner need not touch the person and would be automatically detected by the infrared thermal sensing, if standing within 10 cm of the scanner with its in-built distance sensor. If the detected body temperature is within the normal body temperature range of 33°C to 37°C, then the buzzer beeps once. If the temperature is elevated and between 37°C to 41°C, the device beeps the buzzer for 3 seconds, as well as actuates the output relay three times which could be connected to a hooter/doorbell/automated door system, notifying the user of a sick person outside. If the temperature is below 33°C or above 41°C, then the scanner output remains inactive.

“We foresee that post the lockdown, fear of contracting Covid-19 may persist amongst citizens, as there will be free movement of people and goods. With so much fear amidst everyone about the threat of the spread of the virus, we identified the need for a touchless device, which would help people feel secure, as they work or stay indoors in their offices, workplaces or homes,” said Neil Savant, founder at Nuos Home Automation.

Currently, early adopters of this life-saving device are companies like Adroit Biomed, in the healthcare sector, supplying to doctors and their clinics; Access Control- Security and Automation OEMs company; Workplace India – a company in the furniture and floorings space; Worktrends Global and Happy Visitors eSolutions , a facility management company.

“We currently have enquiries from companies in the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharma, retail and service sectors like shops and salon chains,” said Irshad Bhatt, co-founder.

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