Thales installs thermal cameras at 108 Network Rail critical staff locations to monitor for Covid-19
- Thales has installed thermal cameras at Network Rail’s critical staffing locations, with systems rolled out to over 100 sites across Britain to help protect staff and ensure business continuity
- The thermal cameras monitor employees’ body temperatures on entry to site, to look for signs of COVID-19 fever symptoms
- Video demonstration of technology available here
Thales has rolled out the installation of thermal cameras at over 108 critical Network Rail staffing locations across Britain as a safety measure to help protect staff.
One of the key signs of COVID-19 is an elevated temperature, so by monitoring the body temperatures of staff to within a specific range on entry to site, the cameras are able to help detect and prevent the potential spread of the virus within Network Rail’s workforce.
After two successful trials, installations commenced nationally. Initially, Network Rail and Thales planned to install 80 cameras, but news of the solution soon spread with additional sites being added daily. In ten weeks over the summer, 118 thermal imaging systems were rolled out across 108 sites and continue to be in operation.
The thermal detection solution provided combines a highly sensitive thermal imaging camera with calibration and monitoring equipment to ensure that raised temperatures in staff are detected. The technology gives an accurate indication of an individual’s body temperature to within +/- 0.3 °C, so that staff at critical sites can identify anyone potentially carrying the COVID-19 virus. This, in turn, minimises the risk of the virus being spread within critical operating locations, such as rail operating centres and other critical locations.
The cameras work in a wide range of light conditions and in real-time. On detection of a temperature over a designated threshold, the system alerts the individual to take appropriate action. It is based on proven camera technology in use at locations internationally and is capable of measuring the temperature of up to 30 people simultaneously.
A speedy response
Following an initial tender request from Network Rail's Research & Development Portfolio, the Thales team quickly rolled into action. From the issue of the request for the proposal and submission of a response, to Network Rail’s evaluation of the various offers and completion of a trial, the whole process was complete within less than two weeks. In a normal environment this would have taken months
David Taylor, Network Rail Account Manager, Thales
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