Thailand has introduced the world’s first biometric fever screening solution that has been fully integrated into its existing biometric border control system.
The solution, provided by German company Dermalog via a specialized fever-detection camera, was demonstrated by the Thai Immigration Bureau deputy commissioner, Pol Maj-Gen Surapong Chaichan, at the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on February 12.
With its integration into the biometric border control system already in place at Don Mueang, the system can now capture fingerprint and facial biometrics, while also measuring the body temperature of travellers entering the country.
Temperature readouts are displayed on the border officer’s screen allowing for the quick identification of an individual with a fever, who would then be immediately flagged and sent for a health check.
The Dermalog system automatically measure the exact temperature of travellers standing in front of the biometric border counter — an ideal location for the system as it is already a place where all travellers must stop before proceeding through check-in — with a high accuracy rate, to a distance of up to 1.5m.
The new system is being touted as a front-line defence against contagious diseases and its deployment was prompted by the recent global outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
With more than 73,000 confirmed cases around the world, coronavirus has already claimed more than 1,800 lives, mostly in mainland China where the virus is believed to have originated.
Efforts to control the spread of the disease continue globally, recently resulting in the cancellation of MWC Barcelona 2020 by the GSMA after dozens of major participants pulled out of the massive show over fears of safety amid major travel restrictions.
February 18, 2020 – by Tony Bitzionis