Local company seeks testing and tracing solution

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MANHATTAN — In order to rebound from COVID-19 officials say were going to need three things: testing, tracing, and public confidence.

One New York company thinks they have the answer to two out of three of those issues.

Andrew Southern, CEO of Invisible Health Technologies, says with infrared cameras could help give people peace of mind while finding fevers in a post COVID world.

“I think that it will help people feel confident to come out back into public and go to businesses and go into buildings and get onto airplanes in crowded spaces,” Southern said.

A fever is one of the first signs a person’s immune system is fighting off a disease or virus.It’s also been one of the consistent symptoms across patients dealing with the coronavirus.

Unlike individual kiosks, mass fever scanners allow officials to monitor large crowds without requiring people to wait in line.Only if someone sets off the machine would they need to be pulled out of the crowd for an individual temperature reading to confirm the findings.

“We need to figure out a way to keep everybody safe without slowing them down and the best of these thermal scanners just allow people to walk right by,” Southern said.

Which is why Southern says the cameras would be perfect for places like transportation hubs and sporting arenas where you need to move large crowds quickly.For those worried about violations of privacy, he says the infrared cameras are more important and less invasive than the eyes we already have in the sky.

“These are no different than a surveillance camera,” Southern said. “Instead of seeing color they’re seeing temperature.And none of this data is saved, this is all in real-time.”

A career technology consultant, Southern says he’s always had a skill set for prescribing technology. So when the pandemic hit the U-S, he wanted to put it to good use.

He founded his company in New York last month and is now selling mass fever scanners and other technological tools to fight COVID around the country.

But the technology isn’t new. Countries like Singapore have been using mass fever scanners since the SARS outbreak in 2003. Since COVID-19 hit VA Hospitals and Fortune 50 Companies here in the states are already running pilot programs using the scanners.

The machines are accurate within .3-degrees and Southern says installing them now would help us better prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 or the next pandemic.

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