Tech That Scans People For Temperature In Big Demand Amid Coronavirus Crisis

March 6, 2020
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Forbes interviewed CEO Gary Strahan about ICI’s infrared cameras for medical use. Click here to read an excerpt of the article.

Infrared Cameras Inc., a small private company in Beaumont, Texas, sells two high-temperature systems that are priced at $5,000 and $10,000. They require people to stand still facing the camera, with a reference object in the field of view called a “blackbody” that has a known level of infrared emissions.

Founder Gary Strahan says he’s ramping up staffing and production after receiving an order for 230 systems from an individual customer two weeks ago and quoting prices to thousands of prospective buyers. They include a cruise ship operator, a private girls high school in Hong Kong and a manufacturer in China looking to add an infrared camera to a robot so that humans wouldn’t have to be exposed to someone suspected of having an illness.

Strahan says some unscrupulous distributors are taking advantage of the high demand to sell thermal cameras designed for industrial use with a wide accuracy range of plus or minus 2 degrees Centigrade. “There are a lot of schleppers out there trying to make a buck on a pandemic.”

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