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Thermal camera identifies fever from a distance


In partnership with colleagues from the Pernambuco Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRRD-PE), researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) developed a drone equipped with a thermal camera capable of measuring a person’s temperature from a distance. After identifying large groups of people, the device starts measuring body temperatures to see if anyone has a fever, one of the symptoms associated with infection by the novel coronavirus. The more intense the color captured by the camera, the higher the body temperature. At Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, another device—a totem with computer vision—automatically measures the temperature of anyone who enters the reception area. The system was developed by two São Paulo artificial intelligence startups: Hoobox, funded by FAPESP, and Radsquare.