Vodafone’s 5G accelerator has launched a cutting-edge camera

4 May 2020


The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has ground many businesses to a halt, but Vodafone, in partnership with Digital Barriers, has unveiled a piece of IoT (Internet of Things) tech that could help get them up and running again.

It’s launched a Heat Detection Camera, which was developed with the help of the Vodafone 5G Business accelerator. And while this isn’t specifically a 5G device itself, its position as an IoT device could see it benefit from 5G.

More importantly though, it could allow businesses to safely reopen their offices, as the Heat Detection Camera can screen the body temperature of up to 100 people per minute, and up to 8 at once, assessing it to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius.

This then allows it to instantly detect if someone has a raised temperature and might therefore have Covid-19.

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Instant assessment

A person’s body temperature can be assessed in under half a second, so by placing the Heat Detection Camera at the entrance to a building you can reassure staff that no one sick is entering.

Thermal images from the camera are streamed securely and in real time to a laptop or mobile device, and Vodafone claims to be able to install its system almost anywhere.

Anne Sheehan, Business Director, Vodafone UK said: “During this crisis, our role has been to keep the UK connected. Now, we want to help UK organisations get their people back to work while prioritising their safety. The Heat Detection Camera is a helpful tool to support this goal, every organisation needs one. We believe technology-led solutions will play an important role in return-to-work strategies.”

Businesses interested in the Heat Detection Camera can get it on a 12-month term at £1,711 (excluding VAT) per month, with other pricing models also available. Existing customers can contact their Vodafone account manager for further information, while new customers can email enhanced@vodafone.com.

Zak Doffman, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Barriers said: “This Heat Detection Camera has been designed to help companies safeguard staff and customers, reopen facilities and get back to work safely. The solution combines class-leading temperature screening with highly secure remote access and alerts. Partnering with Vodafone UK to bring this to market will ensure it is widely available and supported by a world-class IoT network and managed services operation.”

Sub-Editor at 5G.co.uk

James is sub-editor at both 5G.co.uk and TechRadar. Also works as a researcher/ technical writer for 5G.co.uk and several other websites including TechRadar, T3, Smart TV Radar, 3G.co.uk with work on the web, in print and on TV.

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