Emitted Energy has specialized in temperature measurement using FLIR cameras for industry and automation since 2013. Now, they have turned their focus toward body temperature screening with their Enlighten TempScan system.
We spoke to Emitted Energy and inside, we look at their Enlighten TempScan offering, how it compares to others, and their potential outlook.
Emitted Energy says that all TempScan systems are calibrated at the factory using 50 healthy individuals to find a mean body temperature measurement, which is then compared against a blackbody to establish "normal" body temperature.
how does averaging 50 random (or not so random) individuals give you a better baseline?
so camera1 goes out on Monday with a different calibration than camera2 on Tuesday because a different group of 50 gave a different baseline?
When measuring relative temperature, it is important to understand the MEAN. We do recommend a black body for best accuracy, but we also understand that the lead time is quite long for these components. So we wanted to provide a solution for our customer now, as we know how important it is to provide something as an adjunct screening method in these crazy times.
Our studies show that NUC'ing the camera every 1 minute and a simple manual calibration helps to overcome the tolerance.
It's kind of like the alarm is following the drift...if that makes sense? Other distributors (and I mean distributors) claim they can meet a +/- .3 or .5 accuracy but don't discuss the variables that exist within the application. (environment / moving subjects / skin temperature/ multiple subjects / etc.).
We have dedicated engineers running design of experiments every day to better understand how we can provide the most accurate measurement for our customers.
Roy, it sounds as if you are with Emitted Energy. I have a question - if the solution isn't providing consistent reads for the customer, what steps do you take as the manufacturer to ensure that the solution works? If the customer isn't satisfied, what happens? Can they return the units if inconsistent readings can't be resolved?
I am asking because I have been looking at the product. I am skeptical, as a lot of integrator's are. BUT, I want to believe in something, there are so many opportunities out there.
But, our company isn't going to recommend any product until we believe in it, and right now, it's hard with so much rushing to market unproven with false information and marketing.
Thank you for your question. There is certainly a lot of mis-information out there and is confusing to many on what these systems can, and can not, do with EBT. Our job at Emitted Energy is to first educate, then provide a solution that meets customer requirements. That said, all thermal cameras have variance and have thermal drift. All of them. We utilize analytical software and peripheral devices to help combat these properties and issues pertaining to non-contact temperature measurement. Every day we have an Engineering Team dedicated to best understanding variances and challenges customers face, through applied DoE, and develop solutions & protocols around them to best fit thermal imaging technologies to EBT.
I would like to discuss these details directly with you, and invite you to call me at our office, 855.752.3347 or email me directly at email@example.com.