COVID-19: Engineering Student Develops ‘Auto Temp’ Thermal Scanner With In-Built Camera

An engineering student of Kochi has developed an automatic thermal scanner that has an in-built camera to record the face of the person along with his body temperature. This can be of great help for health officials in maintaining records and can be crucial in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

The device has been developed by Divins Mathew. Mathew is the last year B.Tech computer science student o Rajagiri College of Engineering and Technology Kakkanad. He has named the device ‘Auto Temp’ and developed it under the guidance of Sminu Isudheen, HOD, computer science.

The device is very portable and can be placed at entry points of offices, hospitals, and colleges. It has infrared sensors to sense human temperature. A person will just have to wave his hand before ‘Auto Temp’ and stand in front of the built-in camera of the device. The device will capture a photo of the person and it will be transferred to the connected computer server with the help of WiFi. The stored data can be used by health workers for further use.

The device, which is battery-operated, also leaves a message after measuring the body temperature. It will say ‘you are fine’ or ‘see a doctor’ based on the temperature of the person.

“It uses a mechanism similar to a thermal gun with IR sensors. But manual intervention is required for using thermal guns. Our device is fully automated and it can be mounted at entry points. The LED display will give messages to people and the green light will blink if their temperature is normal. If the red light blinks, it indicates abnormal temperature. The concerned officials can access the data stored through the mobile app Auto Temp,” Isudheen was quoted as saying by TOI.

The device is affordable and costs Rs 4,000. According to Isudheen, the college is talking with authorities for its mass production.

“We are perfecting the model and calibrating the sensors with the help of a doctor at IMA. A startup has shown interest in the commercial production and discussions are on,” she added.

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