Aratek has become the latest biometric specialist to add temperature detection to its portfolio. The company has integrated a fever detection system into its new BA8200-T facial recognition terminal, allowing organizations to watch for people who may be infected with the coronavirus.
The BA8200 is one of several such solutions to arrive in the past few months. Telpo has released a similar face and fever detection terminal, while companies like BioSec have upgraded their existing products to provide their customers with thermal screening capabilities. Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, so temperature detection at security checkpoints can facilitate a better public health response and help slow the spread of the disease.
“The BA8200-T is delivering a safer and more hygienic mode of authentication and identification while helping detect possible infection cases,” said Aratek International Business Development VP Samuel Wu. “The non-contact ability to detect elevated body temperature will prove crucial in the efforts to prevent another uncontrolled spread of communicable diseases.”
The multimodal BA8200 includes a FAP20 optical fingerprint scanner and an RFID card reader in addition to the facial recognition camera. The fingerprint scanner is compliant with STQC, ISO19794-2, and WSQ standards, although it may be less popular in the current environment due to the sanitary concerns associated with shared devices. The terminal utilizes a 2MP Dual HDR Camera to enable contactless facial recognition in a range of lighting conditions.
The BA8200 is designed primarily for physical access control, and can accurately assess the temperature of an individual wearing a mask. It arrives shortly after the launch of Aratek’s BM7550 tablet, which is geared more towards the field and also boasts face and fingerprint recognition capabilities.
FEMA is currently soliciting bids for a potential thermal screening contract. The organization is hoping that fever detection will allow it to open two facilities in Washington state.
May 19, 2020 – by Eric Weiss