Amazon.com Inc has started to use thermal cameras at its warehouses to speed up screening for feverish workers who could be infected with the coronavirus, employees.
The cameras in effect measure how much heat people emit relative to their surroundings. They require less time and contact than forehead thermometers, earlier adopted by Amazon, the workers said.Notably, the e-commerce giant is utilizing these cameras to accelerate the screening process of workers. These cameras require less time compared to manual forehead thermometers.
Apart from Los Angeles and Seattle, the company has set up the hardware for these cameras across six warehouses. Further, the company is planning to implement these cameras at the Whole Foods Stores as well.
One employee told Reuters that the camera system is a quicker alternative to traditional screening. As thermal imaging does not require workers to queue, this may help prevent transmission caused by forcing individuals into close proximity.
A high temperature is one of the symptoms that some individuals infected with the novel coronavirus demonstrate. While some do not display any symptoms, others will experience a high temperature, fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
For the video link, click HEREOther companies that have explored using the thermal camera technology include Tyson Foods Inc and Intel Corp. The camera systems, which garnered widespread use at airports in Asia after the SARS epidemic in 2003, can cost between $5,000 and $20,000.
Furthermore, the company has piloted disinfectant fogging at its fulfillment centers, sortation centers, and delivery stations.
All the abovementioned endeavors will aid the company in retaining its workers during this crisis, which is crucial at this point in time.
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