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    Tech that fights back: Diycam introduces fever detection system to help contain coronavirus epidemic

    Synopsis

    The company has developed an algorithm and device that checks for the body’s temperatures by checking the tear ducts.

    Agencies
    The fever screening system uses face detection technology and the infrared energy that a body emits, which is invisible to the human eye.
    As reports on the coronavirus, or COVID-19, unceasingly roll in, one of the things that can reduce — if not eliminate — the chances of it spreading is technology.

    Take for instance a camera system that can quickly measure abnormal body temperature without making any contact with a person. This way companies can help isolate potential carriers of the virus from entering the workplace and spreading it further. Just one case could potentially lead to hundreds getting infected.

    “Our team has been working round the clock to develop a technology for a fever detection system to help contain the epidemic,” said Gagan Deep Randhawa, co-founder of Diycam. “The demand for abnormal body temperature sensing camera systems has increased in the past two weeks as authorities and businesses have rushed to deploy them at airports, railway stations, schools, hotels, malls, offices, theatres, and other public places.”

    The company is in talks with a few investors for raising funds to scale up. Diycam owns two design patents and is in process of filing another two.Agencies
    The company is in talks with a few investors for raising funds to scale up. Diycam owns two design patents and is in process of filing another two.

    The in-house team of engineers and AI scientists at Diycam have developed an algorithm and device that checks for the body’s temperatures by checking the tear ducts.

    Diycam has also partnered with camera manufacturers in Delhi, thus ensuring affordable body temperature sensing cameras.

    The company is in talks with a few investors for raising funds to scale up. Diycam owns two design patents and is in process of filing another two.

    How it works
    The Diycam Fever Screening System uses face detection technology and the infrared energy that a body emits, which is invisible to the human eye. The software constructs a heat map of the exposed skin and calculates the temperature.
    ​Team Diycam ​take a selfie.Agencies
    Team Diycam take a selfie.

    You have to face the camera and stand still, allowing a clear view of the corners of the eyes — the tear ducts — where the skin temperature comes closest to that of the body’s core. Anyone flagged with an elevated skin temperature can be taken aside for further examination.

    When the system detects someone with abnormal body temperature, it generates an alert and opens a ticket in the ticket management system, which has that person’s photograph and temperature details.

    “One person can potentially infect hundreds, which means an entire building would have to close for weeks. Automating the detection process is the best form of defence to protect against large offices being shut down completely. We will definitely see this technology used in schools, hospitals and other public places,” said Randhawa.

    For more information, email on gdr@diycam.com

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