In order to become infected with the coronavirus it takes coming in close contact with those infected with the virus. This contactless testing method is able to greatly reduce the probability of contact infections and give us the ability detect temperature anomalies in advance of coming into contact with others.
However, limitations are that not all carriers of the Coronavirus have fevers nor do they present outward signs of the virus so this technology is not a panacea. However, it will help stop the spread of the virus in individuals with a fever, and it will help speed access control measures while also removing the inconvenience and risk of removing and replacing ones protective mask (touching ones face with unsanitized fingers spreads the virus).
The company of Teplo certainly thinks they can make a significant difference in this fight against COVID-19. Here is what they had to say in a publication on their website:
Telpo facial recognition thermometer enables the replacement of manual temperature measurement and personnel information check, making all-weather monitoring possible, achieving intelligent personnel management, information judgment, data upload, and related functions. This technology can not only reduce the risk of cross-infection but also improve traffic efficiency by more than 10 times, which will save time and reduce congestion. It is suitable for government, customs, airports, railway stations, enterprises, schools, communities, and other crowded public places.
Using this facial recognition technology in high traffic areas where those are being screened already is something the government or these institutions should take a look at. South Korea was very successful in reducing community transmission through a combination of rigorous testing and spot screening for fevers. This is definitely something companies and government entities should look into during this virus outbreak.