New FLR Survey Finds a Majority of Americans Support Thermal Imaging Temperature Screening to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Four in Five Americans Favor Thermal Imaging Screening for Public Health

New survey commissioned by FLR Systems found that thermal temperature screening makes people feel more comfortable at airports, entering their workplace, attending events, such as sports and concerts, and visiting hospitals and doctor’s offices, offering confidence to entrants that they are safer and less likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

According to a new FLR Systems survey conducted online by The Harris Poll July 28-30, 2020, among more than 2,000 adults in the United States, Americans overwhelmingly favor requiring thermal temperature screening to enter many semi-public and private venues to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The survey, commissioned by FLR Systems, also found that thermal temperature screening makes people feel more comfortable at airports, entering their workplace, attending events, such as sports and concerts, and visiting hospitals and doctor’s offices, offering confidence to entrants that they are safer and less likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

According to the FLR survey, Americans support temperature screening to protect the public’s health despite potential concerns about personal freedoms. The vast majority, 82% of respondents, say thermal temperature screening is “worth it for the sake of public health” versus only 18%, who view the process as a “violation of personal freedom.” More than any other group, Americans 65 and older say thermal imaging screening would make them more likely to attend activities by an average of 5-10 percentage points compared to other age groups.

“This recent poll shows that the general public recognizes how thermal imaging screening can help improve public health and safety,” said Chris Bainter, Vice President of Business Development, Solutions business at FLR. “When used properly and with the appropriate equipment, thermal imaging screening can quickly and safely identify at-risk individuals for further screening.”

The new FLR survey echoes results from a previous Harris Poll survey conducted March 28-30, 2020, where a large majority of Americans (84%) say they would support a required health screening before someone could be allowed to enter certain crowded public spaces and (77%) in businesses such as restaurants, offices and cinemas.

Respondents Concerned about Accuracy, Wait Times

Respondents cited accuracy of temperature screening as a top concern. Asked whether the readings “may not always be accurate,” 41% say this is a major concern, while 59% say it’s either a minor concern or not a concern at all. Potentially longer lines (31%) and the privacy of personal data (34%) are also mentioned as being a “major concern” by survey respondents.

“Thermal temperature screening does not require the collection of any personally identifiable information to be an effective solution as part of a broader health and safety program,” said Bainter. “Thermal imaging offers a quick method to screen individuals, accurate within a fraction of a degree, while enabling operators and subjects alike to maintain recommended social distances.”

Why Thermal Cameras?

A thermal imaging camera produces images that show infrared, or heat, radiation that is emitted and reflected by everything in the known universe, including people. This means thermal cameras can create and continually update a visual heat map of skin temperatures to easily identify temperature anomalies in mere moments, making this technology very useful for rapidly screening large numbers of people.

Protect your employees and customers with minimal distraction and effort

Automated Temperature Screening is effortless and creates a safe trusted environment that eases the tension, fear, and anxiety people often feel after a pandemic. 

Automated Pass Management Temperature Screening Device. This device requires no physical interaction. Simply look at the camera and get the temperature in 1 second. Facial recognition checks-in and maintains records of the individual temperatures. Designed to help protect the health and safety of both employees and guests by preventing anyone with a temperature from entering a facility. it’s the perfect solution for office buildings, warehouses, schools, government buildings, museums, sports arenas, theme parks, movie theaters, gyms, rail stations, hotels, restaurants, or practically any public venue.

Protect your employees and customers with minimal distraction and effort.

TempSafe Technology makes temperature screening easy. Explore our site to learn more about our Temperature Screening products.

Temperature Screening Solution

Safely screen employees and visitors for high temperature as they walk into a building or a defined area. The system can prevent people from entering if the pre-defined temperature threshold is exceeded or are not wearing a mask, and trigger an alarm.

  • Provides fast and accurate body-temperature measurement
  • Detects if a protective mask is being worn
  • Users can be denied door or system access if a high temperature or no mask is detected
  • Alarm options include strobe light, siren and popup on PC workstation 
  • Saves data in personnel safety log and verifies records.
  • Data, alerts and reporting available

The solution combines a thermal camera and our latest face, palm and fingerprint recognition technology for employee authentication, providing advanced security and convenience, all on a single affordable device.

Used to help screen potentially affected people in the workplace and public venues:

Schools, airports, hospitals, construction sites, correctional institutions, government and office buildings

No Touch Biometric Reader

Embedded face & palm recognition sensor provides 100% hands-free hygienic user authentication.

  • Used for various applications including Access Control, Time & Attendance, Visitor Management, Event Management & more
  • User authentication read range up to 8 feet
  • Face verification possible while wearing protective mask (Palm recognition advised while wearing mask)
  • Dual-lens IR & VL camera recognizes faces in both total darkness and bright sunlight 
  • Access Levels, Groups, Holidays, DST, Duress Mode (password), Anti-Passback, Record Query
  • Interfaces with
    • KeyTracer Key Control Systems
    • AssetTracer Smart Locker Systems
    • Various Access Control Systems