July 24th, as the new Face Covering Regulations come into force Rob White, Managing Directors talks about how Therma-i can keep shop keepers and retail workers out of harms way while providing clarity to visitors and customers. Therma-i offers no contact temperature screening with face mask detection feature helping your visitors stay safe and adhere to government guidelines.
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Sean Dunderdale – BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Sean Dunderdale 0:06
now we’re talking about face coverings this morning here on Dundas at breakfast because from today, everyone will have to wear one in shops, shopping centres, post offices and banks unless of course, you’re exempt for health reasons. I will accompany Lincoln has helped create a face scanner, which can tell in a matter of seconds if you’re wearing a mask or face covering or not. How clever is that? What a great idea. Rob White is the managing director of SPSC. UK limited has more than 20 years of experience in health and safety technology for the leisure industry. And I’m delighted to say he joins us on the show now morning, Rob.
Rob White 0:39
Good morning, Shawn. How are you?
Sean Dunderdale 0:42
I’m all right. I’m all right, now tell us about this new technology. How does it work? It sounds great.
Rob White 0:47
Yeah, well, we’ve pivoted the business using our prior knowledge of video, thermal imaging technology which we’ve been using for drowning detection actually, which is our core business and in partnership with our manufacturers, we were able to produce an accurate hands-free fever scanner, that was the original brief. We fast-tracked the whole process and three months later we’ve got a production model. So it’s basically a standalone desktop mounted tablet type screen, and incorporates a video camera. And the thermal imaging camera, once it’s switched on it self-calibrates, and it’s ready for use within 30 seconds, so it’s fully self-contained and needs no operator. So the experience of using it is very similar to say a photobooth. A person stands in front of the scanner about a metre away. There’s an outline shape embedded on the screen. And this is a guide for the correct placement of a person’s head. So it takes about three seconds to take a measurement, which is just displayed discreetly on the screen. Providing the temperature is under the critical 37.8 nothing further will happen. However, if at high temperature is detected, an audio warning message will be produced. So, we’ve also designed certain quite a lot of features into it. One of the things is it’s culturally sensitive. So there’s no need for religious head garments to be removed. It can see through that and take the measurement. And more recently about the mask, in the light of the government guidelines. We’ve put in the ability to detect if a mask is being worn or not. So it’s the same process the person approaches the scanner. And if a mask is not detected a simple message requests that person should wear a mask. This should eliminate the need for staff at reception say to engage with people and potentially risk any hostility so
Sean Dunderdale 3:03
So I was just gonna ask is it kind of just a silent alert on the screen does an alarm go off or anything like that to say you’re not wearing a mask or?
Rob White 3:12
We have variables the temperature will actually be displayed in numericals on the screen. So it can only be read by the person being detected. We can have an audio message if that will be required by a customer. If the temperature is higher than the 37.8 then we have a little light beacon and a sound which will go off to alert staff that somebody has got a high temperature and the same beacon will go off if the mask isn’t detected.
Sean Dunderdale 3:46
So that’s a good reminder, isn’t it? It’s reminding people to check your temperature very important but also, you know if you forget to put a face covering on for example if you walk into the shop and I guess it you say it helps stopping shop workers from having to confront people.
Rob White 4:03
Absolutely. I mean, they’re all going to be people that will probably argue, I don’t know. But the thing is it does disengage the sort of human intervention. So, you know, that’s what the machine says. That’s what is detected. Please wear a mask.
Sean Dunderdale 4:17
Sounds like a great idea, Rob, thanks for telling us about it. So that face scanner helps take your temperature tells you if you’ve got a face covering or not. If you’ve got a shop, would you welcome that? Is that a great idea? Would you feel more embarrassed if the alarm went off and you suddenly thought oh blimey, I need a face mask? Face mask or face covering Rob White, the Managing Director of SPSC UK. Sounds like a really good idea that a few shops are looking at it and might well be doing that. So would you be happy in the entrance of a shop they’re walking up to the scanner, just to check your temperature? I would, definitely would.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire