“Having these scanners has been a major game-changer for us.”- Greg Haralson, CEO of Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest
Athena's Elevated Temperature Detection
System and FDA Guidelines
Athena Meets or Exceeds All of the FDA’s Recommendations
for Thermal Imaging Systems
- When used correctly, thermal imaging systems generally have been shown to accurately measure someone’s surface skin temperature without being physically close to the person being evaluated. Thermal imaging systems offer certain benefits in that other methods need a closer proximity or contact to measure temperature (for example, non-contact infrared thermometers or oral thermometers)… The FDA specifies accuracy of +-0.5 ℃ and recommends that the device also includes an accurate blackbody temperature reference source.
- Thermal imaging systems have not been shown to be accurate when used to take the temperature of multiple people at the same time. The accuracy of these systems depends on careful set-up and operation, as well as proper preparation of the person being evaluated.
- These systems work effectively only when all the following are true: The systems are used in the right environment or location. The systems are set up and operated correctly. The person being assessed is prepared according to instructions. And finally, the person handling the thermal imaging system is properly trained.
- Athena exceeds the FDA’s guidelines, with accuracy of +-0.2 ℃ with our HSRP/blackbody that continuously recalibrates in ambient conditions to maintain certainty in temperature measurements. Also, one considerable benefit of our system is that it abides by social distancing guidelines, as there is no need for a screener to manually take an individual’s temperature.
- Athena screens individuals one-at-a-time as they enter a building because we recognize that mass screening is ineffective and unsafe.
- We ensure that you set up the Athena system in the appropriate location – indoors, away from windows, air vents, etc., which could alter temperature readings. Athena is essentially a ‘plug and play’ system. We send the device preconfigured with our software so once it’s set up, it’s ready to use. While the FDA states that individuals need to remove their masks, the Athena system was built to function with masks, as well as without. And we do not require an operator for our system, but will help teach the designated officials the ins and outs of the system at installation.
What’s included in Athena’s Elevated
Temperature Detection System
We created the Enterprise+ System to function as the gold standard of temperature screening kiosks currently in the market. It leverages a 384pixel single lense camera, which means it can be placed 6-15 feet from the individual being scanned. The Enterprise+ System utilizes an iPad, which serves as both the visual camera to detect an individual’s face, as well as the computer, which runs Athena’s software. We’re currently the only company in the market implementing an iPad to centralize and streamline the system. The Enterprise+ System also includes an HSRP/blackbody device, as recommended by the FDA to maintain accuracy in ambient temperatures.
Athena’s Medical-Grade System utilizes a 384pixel single lens camera and Axis Visual Camera to screen temperatures in hospital and business settings alike. Dissimilar to the iPad, the Medical-Grade system includes an Axis Visual Camera that detects an individual’s face, and an AI Box that serves as the computer of the system. A Monitor with speakers is included to display the results of every screening, and an iPad is optional if the customer would like the results projected for the individual to see. Similar to the other two Elevated Temperature Detection Systems, the Medical-Grade System utilizes an HSRP in order to keep the system accurate.
Athena’s Elevated Temperature Detection System Can:
- Send alerts from different cameras to a VMS system
- Send alerts to a user that has control over multiple cameras
- Send alerts from all cameras to one user
- Create a group of users to send alerts
- Add a camera to the management system
- Use an Android App to receive alert notifications
- Integrate into a third party API
- Be deployed three ways: standalone, cloud, and on-prem
- Auto-configure to read the blackbody in order to avoid manual calibration – touchless configuration
- Use enterprise management alerts that can assign different cameras to different users, and one user can see all the alerts
- Be configured from the cloud
- Be configured to HIPPA-compliant settings
- Be used as a SAAS (software as a service)
- Upgrade and update automatically