COVID-19 prompted focus on smart and safe buildings
Johnson Controls announced the launch of its smart elevated skin temperature scanning solution, the Tyco Illustra Pro Thermal EST.
The company noted that this contactless solution will be another tool in the first line of defense for building owners and operators as part of their pandemic safety measures.
“A healthy and safe environment starts with a holistic approach that encompasses not only a building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure, but adds temperature screening among protocols including contact tracing, frictionless entry and exits, and the practice of social distancing,” Johnson Controls said.
The Johnson Controls Smart Elevated Skin Temperature Scanning Solution comes with the Tyco Illustra Pro Thermal EST camera, which provides rapid scanning at accuracy levels that exceed standards set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as tested and confirmed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). In addition, the solution has been designed to meet the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s April 2020 Enforcement Policy for Telethermographic Systems.
Skin temperature scanning is done while people continue to walk. Embedded, advanced facial detection technology and rapid scanning times quickly alert operators to an elevated skin temperature reading. People don’t need to stop or be approached by operators. This helps to reduce crowding and contributes to a contactless building entry experience for visitors and employees at businesses, schools, sporting and transportation venues, and other buildings, the company said.
“How we interact with our environments, buildings and shared spaces has become top-of-mind as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mike Ellis, executive vice president, chief customer and digital officer, Johnson Controls. “This camera provides added measures in a rapid and contactless fashion. Johnson Controls is very proud to be providing a solution that not only meets, but exceeds IEC standards.”
The solution is equipped with a 5-megapixel color/thermal camera with built-in, AI-enabled face detection technology that isolates the forehead and performs a multi-point temperature measurement, accurate to within ±0.2ºC/0.4ºF, when deployed in compliance with proper installation and condition requirements
The solution also includes real-time alerts for local or remote monitoring via a browser or through compatible video management systems
The solution can also be integrated with other security systems, such as an access control solution that can automatically prevent the person from further access
The company said that the Tyco Illustra Pro Thermal EST is currently available in the US market and will be released globally in phases.