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Health Screening Kiosk – New Temperature Screening Unattended by Frank Mayer Announcement

Health Screening Kiosk Unattended by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Editor Note:  New health screening kiosk aka temperature kiosk by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. does temperature screening the best way — in two ways.

  1. One is by asking the recommended CDC questions that employees need to answer. They relate to fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating), new cough, difficulty breathing, and sore throat.
  2. The second way is also performing an infrared sensor reading of skin temperature.  The sensor is infrared medical grade. We would recommend performing these types of checks at entry as well as when they exit the premises.  At exit, the outside factors are eliminated and the electronic temperature sensor has a higher probability of identifying consistent and more accurate temperatures.

Worth noting the unit is capable of controlling door access (either a door lock or door unlock option) a dry contact relay is included with the system for interfacing with virtually any door/turnstile lock mechanism. No printing.


health screening kiosk GRAFTON, WI – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. has partnered with Data Display Systems, a technology company that engineers electronic display systems, to develop a kiosk solution for employers looking to enact health screening and temperature checks at their worksites.

The kiosk screens employees and visitors through customizable health compliance questions as well as temperature testing using sophisticated sensor technology. Results are then communicated to a remote content management system that provides a secure record of compliance traceability using nondescript user identification.

The result is a health screening and temperature kiosk that not only promotes safer conditions in a large workplace, but provides accurate readings, communicates data in real-time, and drastically reduces the costs of employing a dedicated
temperature checker.

“We are excited to team with Frank Mayer and Associates to introduce a comprehensive system that protects employees and visitors while providing businesses with complete traceability,” says Bob Gatta, Chief Executive Officer at Data Display Systems, LLC. “This enables businesses to securely document compliance with CDC, state and local guidelines to sustain long-term business operations.”

“Businesses are looking for safe and effective ways to maintain workplace safety,” Mike Mayer, President at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. adds. “With the health screening and temperature kiosk, we’re providing companies with an easy way to protect employees while saving costs on other, more expensive options.”

For more information about the health screener kiosks, visit www.frankmayer.com/temperature-kiosk,or contact tempkiosks@frankmayer.com.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for businesses nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

Data Display has cemented itself as a world leader in electronic display systems, earning multiple POPAI awards for creative engineering. Its emphasis on in-house engineering and prototyping, developing hundreds of custom circuits coupled with software development, and customer service distinguishes their products and collaborative creative process.

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CONTACT: Dave Loyda, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(855) 294-2875 | tempkiosks@frankmayer.com

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COVID-19 Screening Solution From Kiosk Group – Full CDC Compliance and Accurate

Checkpoint COVID-19 Health Screening Kiosk

kioskgroup checkpoint 2 Reopening during the COVID-19 “new normal” brings a unique set of challenges for employers, starting with how to keep your employees and visitors safe.

The Center for Disease Control’s current guidelines recommend that employers should offer daily health screening checks before allowing entry into a facility.

Daily Proof of Screening

Kiosk Group’s CheckPoint Kiosk allows you to easily screen employees and visitors with a simple set of health screening questions. After screening, a date-stamped badge is printed for easy identification within your facility.

This touchless kiosk solution reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission in your facility while protecting individuals’ privacy.

Simple, Touchless Interface

kioskgroup checkpoint 3 The kiosk interface is voice-activated for touchless interaction, reducing touch points that could potentially transmit the virus. The interface also supports touch for visitors who are unable to interact by voice or just prefer touch. An optional holder for sanitizer wipes or hand sanitizer is available separately to help keep visitors safe.

On-screen instructions show visitors exactly how to use the kiosk and what to expect.

• Roo Label Printer Kiosk
• 10.2-inch iPad
• Star Micronics TSP74311 Bluetooth Printer
• CheckPoint Software
• Sanitation Kit
• Graphics Kit

Solution Includes

COVID-19 Screening Solution
A date-stamped badge is printed after screening.

Voice Activated

The kiosk informs employees & visitors that they must be screened before entering.

Quick Screening

This screening consists of a short series of questions based on CDC guidelines for eligibility to work, including questions about fever, symptoms, and possible exposure.

Print Badge

People deemed to be low-risk receive a printed badge which must be worn at all times while in the facility. The badge includes the day of the week and date in clear, large text that can be easily checked while still maintaining adequate social distancing.

Next-Step Instructions

Anyone in a high-risk group is asked to leave the facility immediately and receives a printed set of instructions on what to do next.

How It Works

Privacy First

Designed around the idea of privacy first, our screening kiosk does not store any identifying data about those who have been screened. By providing physical proof that a visitor or employee has undergone screening, this solution avoids the privacy and security issues that affect many traditional check-in solutions.

Be sure and visit the extensive Checkpoint FAQ which includes pricing and terms.

Since 2006, Kiosk Group has been transforming self-service ideas into dynamic tablet kiosk solutions. Your business has special needs — let us show you how we can help.

For more information —

  • Phone: (301) 732-4629
  • eMail: HARDWARE-SALES@KIOSKGROUP.COM
  • Web: KIOSKGROUP.COM

Brochures and FAQ

CheckPoint Kiosk FAQ 8-18-20

Kiosk Group CheckPoint Screening Solution Flyer 6-25-20

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Temperature Kiosk – Explanation of FDA Non-Enforcement Letter

Mockup notice by IPVM
Mockup notice by IPVM

With regard to the FDA, they issued a statement in April 2020 that they “don’t intend to object” to those selling such cameras without FDA 510(k) clearance and the reason why:

Many of the approved manufacturers (14) are at a disadvantage in the near term.

For reference here is the actual FDA Enforcement Letter dated April 20. FDA COVID-19-Thermography-Devices-Guidance_0_0

Here is a point by point explanation of FDA statement.

FDA Reasoning: Fighting Shortage

The FDA said it is doing this as it wants to address the shortage of such devices

Policy Only Temporary

The FDA emphasized that this guidance is temporary:

Fever Cams Considered Medical Devices

Despite some companies falsely claiming their fever cameras are somehow not medical devices, in this guidance, the FDA clearly states that it does consider these products medical devices and under its regulatory purview

“Undue Risk”

However, the FDA emphasized, in the same guidance, that this only holds “where such devices do not create an undue risk”

FDA Recommendation: Only Use With Thermometer

Yes, the FDA said that 510(k) clearance is temporarily waived, it did state this was as long as the cameras are for “triage use”, i.e. the cameras are paired with a body thermometer to confirm whether the person actually has a fever

FDA Testing/Labeling Recommendations

The FDA recommended the fever cams are “tested and labeled consistent with the following ISO standard: IEC 80601-2-59:2017” or any “alternative performance specifications that provide similar results to IEC 80601-2-59:2017”.

The FDA recommended thermal cams are tested under following “performance specifications” including “measurement uncertainty, is less than or equal to ±0.5°C (±0.9°F) over the temperature range of at least 34-39°C (93.2-102.2°F)”

FDA Recommends Cameras Only Used One Person at A Time

Companies touting multiple goes against the FDA

Prominent Notice Labelling

A ‘prominent notice’ should be included, explaining the measurement should not be solely or primarily relied upon to diagnose or exclude a diagnosis of COVID-19, or any other disease

Mockup by IPVM

Performance and Labeling FDA believes such telethermographic devices will not create such an undue risk when the following circumstances related to the performance of the device and the transparency and clarity of information in the product labeling are present.

FDA recommends that the device:

1) Is tested and labeled consistent with the following standard: IEC 80601-2-59:2017: Medical electrical equipment – Part 2-59: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of screening thermographs for human febrile temperature screening; OR

2) Is tested using alternative performance specifications that provide similar results to IEC 80601-2-59:2017. This could include:

a) The laboratory temperature accuracy of a screening telethermographic system, including the measurement uncertainty, is less than or equal to ±0.5°C (±0.9°F) over the temperature range of at least 34-39°C (93.2-102.2°F);

b) The system includes an accurate blackbody temperature reference source; 10

c) Both stability and drift are less than 0.2°C (0.36°F) within a timeframe specified by the manufacturer; and

d) The device risk assessment addresses all potential safety issues, including:

i) Electrical safety;

ii) Electromagnetic compatibility;

iii) Mechanical safety;

iv) Excessive temperatures and other hazards;

v) Accuracy of controls, instruments, and information display;

vi) Considerations for software associated with Programmable Electrical Medical Systems including network connections;11 and

vii)Usability.

In addition, FDA recommends that the devices described above use labeling that helps users better understand the device, such as:

1) The labeling includes a prominent notice that the measurement should not be solely or primarily relied upon to diagnose or exclude a diagnosis of COVID-19, or any other disease;

2) The labeling includes a clear statement that:

a) Elevated body temperature in the context of use should be confirmed with secondary evaluation methods (e.g., an NCIT or clinical grade contact thermometer);12

10 This is usually a blackbody (idealized physical body that absorbs all incident electromagnetic radiation) with known temperature and emissivity that can be used for thermal drift compensation.

11 For more information on this recommendation, see Clause 201.14 of IEC 80601-2-59: 2017.

12 This labeling recommendation is consistent with IEC 80601-2-59: 2017.

Contains Nonbinding Recommendations 6

b) Public health officials, through their experience with the device in the particular environment of use, should determine the significance of any fever or elevated temperature based on the skin telethermographic temperature measurement;

c) The technology should be used to measure only one subject’s temperature at a time; and

d) Visible thermal patterns are only intended for locating the points from which to extract the thermal measurement.

3) The labeling includes a clear description of:

a) Device performance specifications and the methodology and frequency of any calibration needed to maintain the labeled specifications;12

b) How to use the thermal image to make a temperature measurement to within the stated device accuracy;

c) A description and purpose of the blackbody reference source (used for thermal drift compensation) and its importance in obtaining an accurate temperature assessment;

d) The reference body site used for temperature estimation, including any calibration or correction needed to estimate the temperature at that location, and the accuracy of the measurement at the reference site (e.g., oral, tympanic membrane);

e) How different environmental and system setup factors can affect the measurement, including the body site chosen for measurement, the condition of the screening site (e.g., screening background, ambient temperature and humidity, airflow);13

f) Different factors to consider in the design of the facility protocol (e.g., installation, viewing angle, blackbody temperature reference source); 14

g) The installation procedures and qualification testing that should be performed during installation or when imaging equipment is being relocated;15 and

h) The appropriate imaging distance based on the spatial resolution and performance of the camera. 16

4) The labeling references and is consistent with the guidelines in ISO/TR 13154: 2017: Medical electrical equipment — Deployment, implementation and operational guidelines for identifying febrile humans using a screening thermograph; and

5) The labeling highlights the differences in design, indications, or functions, as applicable, compared to the unmodified, FDA-cleared version of the product or includes a clear identification that the device is not FDA-cleared or approved.

Comments from one FDA approved vendor
Most of the more reliable systems such as FLIR, Emitted, and ICI, use a “sampled average” method to determine the temperature thresholds, (not absolute temperature), and once established, it is used to screen for outliers.
The sampled average must be recalibrated and updated throughout the screening session.  Absolute temperature is not used because of the human skin’s propensity to absorb and emit heat or cold, based on environmental conditions, and provides greater propensity for false positives or negatives. A good non-contact IR system should tightly focus on the inner canthus, the most stabile area and closest to core body temperature. Measuring the forehead or any other facial area is not recommended and subject to the environmental conditions. That’s why black body devices are used, and I believe we are the only solution provider that uses a reference emitter that automatically updates the offset in the software to compensate for thermal drift – without need for manual adjustment. 
We tend to be cautious due to so many systems currently being marketed to unsuspecting consumers that are attractively priced, present well, and seem to offer simplicity and autonomy, but then proven fraudulent or claims exaggerated under independent testing boards. 
More Resources
  • Listing of 170 fever or temperature detection providers
  • Testing of FLIR A400 and A700.

Review – Worst Fever Detection Tablet, So Far

worst fever detection tablet Our friends at IPVM have been at their testing and verification again. This time they looked at Aratek and they came unimpressed to say the least. Tablets from China (or Taiwan) are difficult to avoid. Many of these tablets will end up being repackaged or modified to a different format.  The best advice from KioskIndustry is to buy from a credible and established US source. Insist on technical specs. This one for example says it is an infrared. Well, pardon us if we ask which one. Its like saying our computer kiosks come with a computer. Is it Rockchip? A Raspberry PI. An Intel i7 or one of the new AMD Ryzens (those look nice).

Thanks IPVM

To learn more about technology like this, or to contribute your own point of view or expertise, KMA runs several collaboration working groups which you can participate at no charge. Interested?  Contact craig@catareno.com


Selected Excerpts from IPVM

Worst “Fever Detection” Terminal Tested Yet (Aratek)
By: Derek Ward, Published on Aug 17, 2020

Temperature tablets have performed badly in IPVM tests but our newest test of the Aratek BA8200-T is, so far, the worst.

We tested the Aratek BA8200-T, answering the following:

  • How often did they miss elevated temperatures?
  • How accurate are measurements vs IR thermometer?
  • Can it measure taller and shorter people?
  • How does subject distance to the terminal impact temperature measurements?
  • How well does it measure with hats and hair covering the forehead?
  • How accurate is mask detection?
  • Do glasses/hats affect temperature measurement?
  • How much can users configure settings on the device?
  • Can configuration be done remotely?

Executive Summary

In our testing, the Aratek BA8200-T produced “normal” measurements (~97°-99° F) regardless of whether subjects forehead temperature as “normal” or slightly elevated (~99°-100°F). Further, at higher temperatures (~102° -104°F), were even more aggressively normalized.

Additionally, the terminal screened users beyond its recommended measurement distance (~2′) with no noti cation that subjects should move closer or further, resulting in measurements ~0.5°-1°F lower, and subjects who do not stand very still for measurement caused similar decreases.

Finally, mask detection was easily spoofed by covering the bottom half of the face with hands, arms, and everyday objects. Occasionally mask detection would fail to recognize subjects properly wearing masks.

Vs. Dahua / Hikvision / ZKTeco

Compared to Dahua, Hikvision, and ZKTeco temperature measurement terminals, the Aratek BA8200-T suffered from more missed detections. Its main advantage over these competitive models is a lower price (~$600 USD vs. ~$2,000).

Vs. Sperry West / Alibaba Terminals

Compared to the Sperry West and Alibaba terminals we have tested, the Aratek performed similarly, with similar missed elevated temperatures and low/normalize measurements. These models (via Alibaba) are slightly less expensive than the Aratek BA 8200-T at ~$600 online, or less in larger quantities.

 

Temperature Kiosk – The German Company Powering Many China Temperature Tablets (Heimann)

Heimann Sensors Review

Intro

From IPVM members only article Aug2020 – IPVM released article covering Heimann. Heimann is one of the two main thermopile sensors (aka infrared) suppliers. China buys Heimanns and Melexis for use in its temperature tablets. Those are typically  complemented by a camera and some software which typically highlights AI in the first sentence.  These tablets generally retail on China markets for sub-1000 but there are relabelers in the U.S. charging much higher.  KMA is a member of IPVM.

Heimann Sensors Article Excerpts:

Many fever tablet suppliers market German-made Heimann thermal sensors while the company touts its “Essential role in fighting the pandemic”.

We spoke with Heimann Sensor, and in this report, we examine:

  • Who is Heimann Sensor
  • What type of sensors Heimann offers
  • Are Heimann sensors accurate for medical applications
  • How are thermopiles different from microbolometers
  • Worldwide demand causing long lead times

Heimann Thermopile Sensors

Heimann offers a wide range of low-cost thermal devices called thermopile arrays in 6 common pixel-size variants from 8×8 to 80×64. Heimann arrays list price ranges from $19 to $270 USD per device. The most common sensors specifed by low-cost fever tablet suppliers are 32×32 or 16×16 and sell for ~$40 for quantities of 200 or more.

Thermopile Versus Microbolometers

The advantages of thermophiles include lower cost and no calibration; however, the disadvantages are lower resolution and less sensitive to variances in temperature. Heimann said that thermopiles are thermally stable and do not drift, unlike microbolometers, so they do not require continued calibration:

From the technical side, thermopiles are stable over time and don’t drift like microbolometers. Devices that drift have to include some method for re-establishing zero. This normally requires a shutter and its mechanism. Re-establishing zero is referred to as
“non-uniformity correction”, sometimes abbreviated as NUC. In this process, the shutter is closed, the electronics tells the microprocessor that there is no infrared input and everything is re-set to zero. Then the shutter is opened, and the measurement is made. However, as soon as the shutter is opened, the microbolometer starts its slow drift again. The NUC has to be performed regularly. From what I have seen, this happens every few minutes.

Thermopiles are less sensitive than microbolometers, are slower to detect changes in temperature, and because of the lower pixel count require a much smaller FoV to have the same pixel spot size.

Heimann said that thermopiles are less expensive and less complex:

From the economic side, thermopiles are less expensive than the microbolometers, which have to include the cost of the shutter assembly.

Not Medical Accuracy Calibrated From Factory

Heimann’s said their factory-calibrated accuracy typically offers ±1 – 2°C over a wide temperature range, and “higher accuracy” near body temperature, but cannot o er medical-grade accuracy calibration:

Notably, many China-made fever tablets market high accuracy performance, ±0.3°C, at 1′-3′ from the tablet. While there a few claiming greater (±0.2°C) or worse (±0.54°C), there is not a wide range of accuracy claims:

IPVM testing has shown that low-cost fever tablets frequently miss elevated skin temperatures and are less accurate than marketed.

Worldwide Demand Increase Causing Supply Issues

Heimann’s US Distributor, Boston Electronics, reported that worldwide demand has created long lead times: Be aware that the worldwide demand for these products is through the roof. Lead times are very long depending upon what you want. We can give you our best estimates of product availability.

Outlook

Regardless of tablet performance, this is clearly a boom for Heimann but IPVM is concerned about using these sensors to do fever /elevated temperature screening given the limitations of the Heiman sensors and OEMs use of compensating algorithms.

KI Notes

We would note in the case of FDA 510K submittals and approvals that there are none for infrared touchless temperature systems such as infrared.  These devices have been adapted from the microwave, automotive (defoggers) and other industry uses.

Fauci on Touchless Temperature Checks

Are touchless temperature checks unreliable when it comes to COVID-19?

temperature kiosk Thursday Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, calls temperature checks unreliable.

Nice video coverage by LocalMemphis TV news channel

Excerpt:

Thursday Dr. Anthony Fauci advised that temperature checks are not reliable especially during hot days.

“Dr. Fauci was just pointing out that some of the touchless thermometers are not perfect in the values that they give you,” said Threlkeld.

The infectious disease doctor said there isn’t a perfect modality when it come to screening for diseases.