Internet of Things (ITT.V) launched a presales program for ThermalPass, their artificial-intelligence-enabled thermal sensor, temperature screening system today.

On June 17, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert for the United States, said the company was still in its first wave of the coronavirus pandemic — a warning that comes as more states reopen despite rising case numbers. More than 122,000 people in the U.S. alone have died due to the coronavirus and at least 19 states experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks. The probability of a second wave come the arrival of the flu season is rising. Actually, given what’s been going on in the United States over the past month, with everybody gathering in crowds and ignoring social distancing, the second wave will be contingent on the first wave being over. There’s no guarantee of that, though.

ThermalPass accurately detects human body temperature at a distance to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. If you’re sick and showing symptoms after the ten day incubation period, your elevated body heat will set the machine off, alerting the security monitors to the issue.

The increase in sales and marketing comes after extensive testing, which has proven the efficacy and functionality of the device, and brought along increased demand by way of more than 100 unsolicited inquiries into the device over the past three weeks.

“We are pleased but not surprised by the immense international interest ThermalPass has already garnered. Corporations, organizations and governments are looking to provide an added layer of safety to limit the spread of contagions and we have developed a superior product for this application. The sales funnel is brimming with potential customers including airports, long-term care facilities, hospitals, educational institutions, malls, corporate buildings and other venues where people congregate. Our first purchase order and payment were booked last week, and the groundwork has been laid for an initial production run of 1,000 units. Deliveries are anticipated to commence in late July,” said Michael Lende, president and chief executive officer of Internet of Things.

ThermalPass offers considerable advantages over its competition, which primarily use camera-based solutions. No camera is going to be able to detect whether or not someone is actually sick unless they’re really sick, and diseases like COVID-19 are adept at hiding from detection. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re not going to be able to hide from ThermalPass, as we mentioned earlier, in some cases the body can actually have the virus and remain asymptomatic for up to ten days while the immune system figures out what to do with it. But when it does, the device’s medical-grade sensors will catch it, taking 20 temperature readings per second.

The best part is that its touchless system doesn’t’ violate social distancing rules, does not require human intervention, and will not infringe on a person’s privacy the way a camera solution will. It doesn’t recognize a person’s identity and therefore preserves anonymity.

According to the ReportLinker website, the global thermal scanner market size is estimated to grow from USD$4.1 billion in 2020 to $6.7 billion by 2025. The increasing adoption of thermal temperature scanners at airports for the screening of people possibly infected with coronavirus is one of the key factors fuelling this market’s growth. Notably, the Canadian federal government recently mandated the temperature screening of all air travellers passing through the country’s airports.

—Joseph Morton

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Joseph Morton

Joseph is a Vancouver-based author and journalist with both a communications degree and journalism diploma (and a few novels) under his belt. His joie de vivre is to spin difficult technical topics into more human-centric narratives. Buy him a coffee and he'll talk your ear off for hours about privacy issues, blockchain, cryptocurrency and martial arts. Don't talk to him if you're either a tomato, a bully, or if you're not a fan of either 1984 or Tender is the Night. No. You can still talk to him. Just be prepared to be told why you're wrong.

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