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Can a Security System Help Protect Businesses Against Contagious Disease?

April 09, 2020 - Security, Office Technology

Can a Security System Help Protect Businesses Against Contagious Disease?
Mat Hourigan

Posted by Mat Hourigan

Many businesses have been forced to shut down temporarily during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but essential businesses are still operational. For those that remain open, necessary measures are being taken to ensure all employees are safe. Day-to-day activities are changing dramatically to include the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), requiring employees to stay at least six feet apart, and upping the general approach to wellness for employees, clients, patients, and so on.

With these recent shifts in safety policies, employers are looking to new solutions like technology to play an important role in accomplishing these health and safety goals. Taking advantage of modern video surveillance systems could be the key to ensuring the safety of employees today, and in the case of future contagious outbreaks.

A New Kind of Business Health Check

During these uncertain times, it’s important to ask the right questions and know if your business is prepared to carry out best practices in every situation, from educating employees on how to keep technology germ free, to being aware of the cybersecurity risks your business might face.

In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised regulation to allow businesses to take employees’ temperatures as a way to arm them against the spread of COVID-19. Fever, tiredness and dry cough are common symptoms of the virus according to the World Health Organization, and empowering businesses to detect potentially unwell personnel is an initial step to stopping transmission. But not all businesses are ready to put this into practice, or are left facing the reality that they don’t have the necessary equipment to do so.

How Can a Security System Help?

Thermal camera technology has been used in many instances in the workplace to detect fires, or overheating machinery and situations of the like, but now their ability might help slow the spread of contagious diseases.

The MOBOTIX Thermal Camera technology has the capability to constantly monitor body temperatures of those in view. When temperatures in the defined areas differ from the default range (set by the operator), an alert is automatically generated and sent to designated contacts. When applied to situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, this alert can prompt a timely, in-person temperature reading ensuring proper precautions are taken. This non-invasive monitoring can be the crucial early warning companies need in order to take action.

Take Proactive Measures

Businesses are required to be agile during crises that affect their work and employees. Installing thermal camera technology in the workplace could set your company up for success during risky times. 


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Mat Hourigan

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Mat Hourigan

Mat Hourigan is a Product Engineer working with SymQuest’s document sales team as a pre-sales specialist to identify solutions, workflows, and efficiencies for our clients and future clients.