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Burnaby firm touts thermal camera to find possible COVID-19 cases

A Burnaby company is touting its thermal body camera to help battle COVID-19.
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This image shows the person and the person's thermal image on the right captured by a special camera from Burnaby's Columbia Security Systems and Surveillance. Screenshot

A Burnaby company is touting its thermal body camera to help battle COVID-19.

Columbia Security Systems and Surveillance says its Thermographic Body Temperature Measurement Bullet Camera is able to measure an individual’s temperature at high accuracy in real time.

The camera, designed with security applications in mind, uses technology to track people with elevated body temperatures in crowded public areas.

“To ensure upmost safety, the camera can scan a group of up to 30 people at once, at a distance of up to 30 feet,” reads a company statement. “If an individual’s temperature is too high, the camera’s alarm will sound and capture an image.”

The camera has already been approved by Health Canada, says the company.

“Our number-one priority has and always will be the health and safety of our local communities,” says John Wu, director of Columbia. “Given the state of the world right now, we could not just sit back. We wanted to find a way that we could help communities feel safe during this uncertain time. We are pleased with the incredible hard work of our team to secure this remarkable device to do our part in keeping people safe.”

Though social distancing measures are in place, there are areas of essential work that remain crowded and this device could act as a potentially life-saving measure. This camera can be widely used in places such as hospitals, airports, and other crowded places to detect elevated body temperatures and subsequently quarantine those individuals, said the company.