Brisbane company develops thermal technology to help businesses combat COVID-19

Brisbane-based software development company Bigmate are looking to get people back to work safely in the face of COVID-19 with the development of new thermal imaging technology.

The pre-screening thermal imaging solution technology, also known as Thermy, combines artificial intelligence and machine learning technology with thermal CCTV cameras to read and analyse temperature. When an abnormal temperature is read, the system generates an alert, making it easier for businesses to identify potentially ill individuals.

With many essential businesses and warehouses looking to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, BigMate managing director Mark Shield said he has already been flooded with calls from businesses looking to take advantage of the technology.

“Thermy won’t identify people who have the virus, but it will be a useful screening technology to get people back to work,” said Shields. “We have already received an incredible response to the product from a range of organisations, including industry and age care centres.”

The technology is based on Bigmate’s previously developed Warny solution, a collection of sophisticated computer vision algorithms developed to keep heavy machinery workers safe.

Shield also revealed that the Thermy solution was already in the works prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, with development becoming fast-tracked to release the technology for use during the pandemic.

“The world has changed in the past three weeks and this is expected to have wide and varied use. We already have organisations that have signed up for the technology,” said Shield.

With the Thermy screening technology nearing its release date, Shield believes the technology is suitable for any businesses, warehouses and factories looking to remain open whilst still ensuring the safety of staff is the number one priority. However, he also noted that the technology is simply an observational technology.

“Thermy is not intended to be a medical apparatus. It is observational technology, but it is designed to play a critical role in helping organisations speed up their ability to protect workers and their families in the fight against highly contagious virus outbreaks such as COVID-19, the everyday flu and beyond,” said Shield.

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Source: The Courier Mail (subscription required) | BigMate provides helping hand in fight against virus

14 April 2020

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