Thermal cameras introduced in virus wars
A Bermudian businessman has imported thermal cameras designed to register people with a fever without physical contact.
David Skinner said he teamed up with British camera supplier CTU Services to bring the cameras to the island.
Mr Skinner added the cameras do not replace the need for social-distancing, but they could help when the island started to emerge from lockdown conditions.
He said: “People should always follow directions to practise social-distancing and wear masks. That should always be adhered to. We know there are people who carry Covid-19 and are asymptomatic. “But this is another tool in our line of defence.”
Mr Skinner said the cameras, which can register human temperatures from three metres away to an accuracy of inside 0.01C, had been adopted in some businesses and airports worldwide as a means to help prevent the spread of disease.
He said: “This has been designed to support the wide range of industries on the frontline against coronavirus, as well as those looking to prepare for when current restrictions are eased.
“For example, locating the thermal cameras at site entrances allows a larger number of people to be checked at one time.
“This could be in public areas or when a large number of employees are entering a building at the same time or for places like supermarkets, bus stations and the airport when things start to reopen.”
Mr Skinner, a former picture editor at The Royal Gazette, added: “This could be an invaluable tool in helping to ease lockdown restrictions and getting business back on their feet.”
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