Oct 15, 2014 6:01 PM
NASHUA - The latest tool in the effort to keep Americans safe from ebola lies in a camera lens and infrared technology.
The same type of technology a Nashua company has been providing Asian airports with for more than a decade.
FLIR Systems Vice President of Test Equipment Sales Tom Scanlon said, "You might remember the Avian flu and SARS viruses. They immediately began looking at infrared technology as an approach for quickly scanning crowd passengers to determine whether or not there was anyone with an elevated body temperature entering Hong Kong, Taiwan or Bangkok."
Scanlon says it's an effective health screening tool, "What our technology allows you to do is take a snapshot of a person's temperature in the time it takes to review a passport. "
It's clear if someone's temperature is out of line with the norm.
Scanlon says it's the tear ducts are the closest match a person's external temperature (taken with an infrared camera) to their true core temperature (taken by a thermometer).
For that reason, he says group scanning won't work. The camera needs to be focused on a person's eyes to be effective.
Scanlon said, "A crowd, for example, you may have someone with a cap on or a hood. Very popular with teenage crowd, they might have a hood on and maybe they have sunglasses. You are not going to find a good temperature measurement area on someone who is dressed like that."
The glass blocks the infrared altogether.
6 hours 22 minutes agoRepublican Congressman Frank Guinta and former Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter litigated old arguments and fought over new issues as they faced off for the...
9 hours 6 minutes agoThe Nashua community is mourning the loss of Jacob Goulet, who officials believe died after he was swept into a storm drain on Friday....
9 hours 30 minutes agoPolice say they've arrested a man dressed as a tree for blocking traffic in Maine. (More)
13 hours 6 minutes agoPremiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer....
14 hours 10 minutes agoPublic Works were unable to determine how the cover of a sewer drain became ajar, allowing for a 16-year-old to be swept down the...
14 hours 59 minutes agoRochester Police launched an investigation after a woman found pills inside a vending machine filled with candy and toys for children. (More)