Thermal cameras can be an effective tool used worldwide to reignite the public transport industry, whilst fighting the spread of Covid-19. Measurements happen in real-time, no physical contact is needed, and data can be obtained from behind the scenes. This reduces the risk of cross-contamination or harm to the operator and ensures little disruption to the commuter. People who show up as having high temperatures can then be directed for further assessment and encouraged to isolate, helping curb the spread of Covid-19 . A high temperature of 37.8C or higher is one of the main symptoms associated with the virus. The system can be used with minimal training, making it a good option for implementation.
Furthermore, most thermal camera systems come equipped with facial recognition software to capture anyone who triggers an alert. Hospitals, shopping centres and office buildings around the world are now receiving facial images of every person who enters their facilities, enabling easier tracing. It is the responsibility of the organisation to securely store any data gathered in line with regulations.