Can Thermal Imaging Systems Help Businesses and Schools Safely Reopen?

Eagle Eye Networks Thermal Solution

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After being in lockdown for what feels like most of 2020, businesses and schools are looking for tools to help them implement a back-to-the-new-normal strategy. Safely reopening doors amid an ongoing pandemic has been challenging, to say the least. 

One promising tool thermal imaging systems has been proven to accurately measure surface skin temperature without being physically close to the evaluated person. There are a lot of mistruths and misunderstandings about thermal imaging systems and what they can and can’t do. Our extensive checklist goes into detail regarding implementing a thermal imaging system with success. Here, we take a quick look at the cans and can’ts. 

CAN: Create awareness a person might have a fever/elevated body temperature.

CAN’T: Determine if someone has an illness. Best practice dictates that a diagnostic test must be performed to determine if someone has an illness, such as COVID-19, SARS, or influenza. 

CAN: Provide insight that can be used to further check on individuals (or groups, when the system can’t isolate a particular person).

CAN’T: Accurately take the temperature of multiple people simultaneously. 

CAN: Be effective when there is careful setup and operation, training of operators, and proper preparation of the evaluated person.

CAN’T: Be successful without proper setup, operation, and training.

CAN: Prove effective as an initial screening tool, part of a more holistic, multipoint decision process to determine access into a facility.

CAN’T: Serve as a standalone tool.  

When implementing a thermal screening system at your facility, you need to focus on multiple areas, including setting and managing expectations; designing the testing site; installing, testing, and calibrating the equipment; and training and support. 

For more details regarding implementing a successful thermal imaging system at your facility, download our “Thermal Imaging System Checklist for Designing and Implementing an Effective Elevated Body Temperature Project.”  


Founded in 2012, Eagle Eye Networks, Inc., is #1 in cloud video surveillance worldwide, addressing the needs of businesses, alarm companies, security integrators, and individuals.  Eagle Eye’s 100% cloud managed solutions provides cloud and on-premise recording, bank level security and encryption, and broad analog and digital camera support – all accessed via the web or mobile applications. Businesses of all sizes and types utilize Eagle Eye solutions for operational optimization and security. All Eagle Eye products benefit from Eagle Eye’s developer friendly RESTful API platform and Big Data Video Framework ™, which allow for indexing, search, retrieval, and analysis of live and archived video. Eagle Eye’s open Video API has been widely adopted for integration in alarm monitoring, third party analytics, security dashboards, and point of sale system integrations.

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