One way to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic is screening people for fevers as they enter factories, offices, and other crowded places. This can be a slow and even dangerous process for those doing the fever screening if they must come in close contact with large numbers of potentially infected people.
Apogee Instruments SI-4B1-SS Infrared Radiometer
To help increase the access to effective and safe rapid fever screening devices during the pandemic, special emergency clearance and guidance has been given by the US FDA and other agencies. These agencies have specifically addressed using high-accuracy infrared surface temperature sensors and other telethermographic systems for rapid, socially-distanced triage fever screening. As long as these devices meet very strict accuracy specifications, they can be used without needing to go through the standard medical device approval process during the crisis.
Despite their marketing claims, most commonly available low-quality infrared surface temperature sensors and temperature-gun-style devices do not come close to the required accuracy listed in the government's guidance for non-touch fever screening. For this reason, when looking to create a new legitimate fever-screening system, Aridea Solutions reached out to Apogee Instruments, a leading manufacturer of scientific-grade infrared surface temperature sensors typically used for specialized environmental research purposes.
As an innovative iOT provider, Aridea Solutions was looking for a high-accuracy, cost-effective infrared sensor to integrate into their new Aridea Solutions Fever Screening Kit and Apogee infrared sensors fit the bill. For their application, Aridea Solutions requested that Apogee create a custom infrared radiometer, now known as the model SI-4B1-SS, with a tighter calibration range focused around human skin temperatures and with an SDI-12 digital output. After this was quickly delivered by Apogee, Aridea created an easy-to-use system utilizing the Apogee SI-4B1-SS sensor and soon launched this new rapid human febrile temperature screening system that has now been deployed at several factories and venues around the world. The Aridea Fever Screening system provides a completely touch-free way for up to 500 people to be fever-scanned in under 30 minutes.
Apogee is proud to have been a small part of providing the sensors that helped bring this important device to market during these challenging times. For information on how Apogee can provide high-accuracy infrared sensors for any other systems, contact us today.