Another identity solutions provider has adopted new technology to better address the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, everis ADS (Aerospace, Defense and Security) has integrated thermal imaging capabilities into its various biometric products, becoming the latest company to use thermal tech to watch for possible infection.
The thermal tech will be deployed across everis’ entire portfolio of facial recognition offerings, which includes kiosks, facepods, and ABC (Automated Border Control) doors. The contactless solution will allow security personnel to take someone’s temperature while making a facial recognition scan as part of the identity verification process.
everis is also introducing wrist sensors to enable follow-up checks for anyone who may be running a fever. The technology requires closer proximity – users need to wave their wrist in front of the sensor to generate a reading – but it is still contactless and provides a more accurate result than the initial thermal scan.
“The objective is to advance technologies that help fight against COVID-19 or other diseases,” said everis Identity Director David Antonio Pérez Herrero. “These are especially useful technologies in the context of passenger control, but they can also be integrated in other fields, such as access to public or private buildings or business establishments.”
In addition to the thermal tech, everis announced that it can use high density QR codes to issue health certificates to people who have been given a clean bill of health. The system is intended for governments and public health organizations, and would use facial recognition to prevent fraud and link a certificate to the person being tested. The codes were designed in accordance with international privacy laws, so the certificates would be issued directly to individual citizens and not to any public or private organization. Those citizens would then be able to choose whether or not they wish to share those certificates with other parties.
DERMALOG, VSBLTY, and ZKTeco are some of the other companies pushing thermal imaging as an effective countermeasure to the coronavirus. The QR codes, meanwhile, could potentially give healthcare providers a secure way to deliver immunity credentials to people who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies once the testing is in place for such a system.
April 30, 2020 – by Eric Weiss