Category: Physical Security

Guide to Touchless Temperature Screening Systems

automated temperature scanning system

If you’re looking for ways to improve the safety, efficiency and ease of your customer or employee screening process, touchless thermal temperature scanners offer all of those benefits in one convenient package. These tools offer a straightforward but powerful advantage to businesses that want to do their part in preventing the spread of illnesses and keeping their employees and clients as safe as possible.

An automated temperature screening tool can eliminate human involvement in taking someone’s temperature while offering impressive accuracy and speed. Plus, they can integrate with your access control system so you ensure that only healthy individuals enter your facility. Let’s take a closer look at touchless thermal screening machines and what they can do for your business.

How Does a Touchless Thermometer System Work?

Touchless temperature screening systems use advanced thermal imaging to detect infrared rays emitted from a person’s body. These rays indicate heat, and the scanner can convert that reading into a temperature measurement. While we typically consider 98.6℉ to be healthy body temperature, the normal range can span from 97℉ to 99℉.

If the scanner senses someone with a temperature above that range, it will release an alert, after which company policy kicks in. Usually, a high temperature indicates a fever, which can be a symptom of infectious disease and is grounds for being sent home. Instead of just an alert, the scanner can also combine with access control systems, so someone physically cannot enter the building without a passing temperature.

While features can vary from system to system, one of our favorites is Safe Space Scan, which offers evaluation times of less than a second and accuracy within 0.3℉. It’s easy to use and offers several safety features.

Here are some of the other features that thermal screening tools like Safe Space Scan can offer:

  • Positioning: Artificial intelligence (AI) can step in to ensure that someone stands in the correct spot for an accurate reading. If someone is too far away or too close, it may give audible instructions or visual cues for the person to step forward or back so they are in the optimal spot for a reliable measurement.
  • Fast response times: As mentioned, Safe Space Scan can provide a pass/fail result in under a second — 300 milliseconds (ms), to be specific. This is a fast response in the world of no-touch thermometers. Employees and customers can spend less time being screened and more time working, shopping or doing whatever it is they came to your facility to do.
  • Accurate results: If you’re wondering how accurate infrared thermometers are on humans, the answer is “very.” Reputable instruments can provide temperatures within 0.3℉. With more accurate measurements, you can avoid false results and trust that the people who pass are within a safe range. automated temp screening system
  • Mask checks: In addition to scanning for temperatures, you can also check if someone is wearing a mask and remind them to put one on if needed.
  • Clear alerts: Whether someone passes or fails the scan, an audible sound will play, along with a visual display. You can be on alert for employees or customers who fail the scan and send them away if needed.
  • Completely contact-free operation: With a contactless system, no one has to operate the scanner and everyone can stay far apart from each other. It is easy to use, so you shouldn’t need to provide much background information, if any, for people to understand it. Without an explanation, you can reduce the need for contact with another person.
  • Record-keeping: With an evolving landscape of health guidelines and requirements, it always helps to keep information on file. You can maintain data complete with images, temperature readings and other data points.

What Are the Benefits of an Automated Temperature Screening Machine?

As we’ve mentioned, you’ll see several types of benefits from fever screening thermal solutions, including improvements to efficiency, safety, costs and security, as well as employee and customer satisfaction. With these tools, you can:

  • Enhance safety: Of course, by barring high-temperature individuals from entering the building, you prevent whatever germs they’re carrying from entering, too. It keeps healthy individuals from exposure to infection and helps to identify when someone shows a symptom they might not have been aware of. In addition, you can require masks before allowing entry, so you’ll encourage safe practices during the screening process.
  • Minimize invasive or obtrusive practices: Traditional screening, with an infrared temperature “gun” pointed at someone’s forehead, can be obtrusive or upsetting. When used on employees, it can feel like they’re being challenged every time they walk into their shift, and customers have even less of an incentive to deal with it. With a display-based scan, it feels more like getting their picture taken. It is a much friendlier, appealing process for everyone.
  • Reduce human contact: Other screening practices may involve having another employee or supervisor take someone’s temperature. That adds another person into the mix and can further the spread of germs for both the operator and the person being scanned. A fully automated system eliminates this extra contact.
  • Save on labor: If you’ve got a supervisor scanning every employee or a receptionist scanning all of your clients, it likely takes a lot of time out of their day. They might spend half of their shift just operating a thermal temperature scanner. An automated system gives that time back, so employees can spend time working, not scanning.

Can the System be Used for Access Control?

Thermal temperature scanners can link up to access control systems for extra security, safety and automation.

Access control systems can automatically let people into the building or provide access to resources only after successful verification of body temperature and facial recognition. It can help you further secure your facility, so only healthy people can enter. You can also use it to restrict access if your employees and customers aren’t wearing masks.

Temperature screenings are the perfect tool to link up facial recognition. Safe Space Scan offers plenty of room for most businesses to incorporate their facial identification system. With a library of up to 22,400 faces and over 100,000 records, you can match each employee against your database before they can enter. Only authorized personnel with an acceptable body temperature will pass the screening.

Incorporating access controls with automated temperature screening allows you to:

  • Be more efficient: An all-in-one approach is quick, and you can even use this feature as a time clock, rolling multiple steps into one to save time and boost efficiency. Face recognition can occur within 500 ms and make this a speedy process.
  • Reduce face-to-face contact: Using automated temperature screening can help to modify traditional security procedures in the wake of illness outbreaks and reduce personal contact. Maybe you normally have a security guard grant access upon visual confirmation of someone’s identity, or perhaps a manager has to let someone in the building. An automated temperature screening machine that controls access can remove this person-to-person contact and free up other workers’ time.

Where Can the System be Installed?

No-touch thermal temperature scanners are excellent in a wide variety of settings. Any place that has a lot of individuals going in and out or gatherings of multiple people and wants to prevent the spread of viruses can benefit from this technology. The necessity of scanning applies to both employees and customers, so you can focus on keeping everyone safe and set up your scanner where it will be most convenient.

Some of the places that use touchless temperature screen systems include: temp scanning system in use

  • Medical and dental offices
  • Long-term living or care facilities
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Retail stores
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Salons
  • Government services like the post office and the Department of Motor Vehicles

Of course, this list is just a small example of where no-touch thermometers work well. In the changing health needs of today’s world, automated temperature screening would be a smart move in nearly any location where more than a few people could gather.

As far as physical placement goes, the Safe Space Scan thermal temperature scanners are quite versatile. They come as a stand-alone unit that you can place wherever necessary, whether that’s on a counter or a stand. Both types of stands come in professional, decorative options. Some businesses choose to place them at the entrance or near a counter where an employee can inform customers what to do if needed, but it is still an unattended system, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it staffed at all hours.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does have a few suggestions for placing non-contact infrared thermometers. They say you should place the scanner:

  • In a draft-free space.
  • Outside of direct sunlight.
  • Away from radiant heat sources.
  • In an environment between 60.8℉ and 104℉ and with relative humidity below 85%.
  • In its location 10-30 minutes before using it.

With a display that is dust and water-resistant, you have a lot of freedom in where you can place the Safe Space Scan system, so you can find somewhere that works in your company’s unique layout. The 7-inch HD screen provides real-time feedback, too, so you can readily see what the camera sees and adjust the position as needed. Just remember that while it is water- and dust-resistant, it is not weatherproof, and direct sunlight can add heat, so the best placement is indoors.

How the System Can Protect Customers and Employees

For the most part, people don’t knowingly put others at risk. Unfortunately, many viruses and bacteria don’t present themselves with symptoms until several days or weeks after the initial infection. Asymptomatic people can bring illness around with them everywhere they go, exposing each person they run into.

Depending on the methods of transmission, we may need to take different approaches to stay healthy and keep those around us healthy. Transmission can occur in several different ways, such as:

  • Direct contact: Touching other infected individuals.
  • Indirect contact: Touching an object previously touched by an infected individual.
  • Droplet contact: Coming into contact with droplets emitted from an infected individual from activities like coughing and sneezing. These droplets only stay in the air for short distances, so a distance of about 6 feet is typically recommended.

There are other transmission methods, of course, but these three are some of the most prevalent, and a no-touch temperature screener bypasses them by eliminating touching the device and keeping the person away from contact with another human.

A fever is a common first symptom of illness, and people may not even be aware of it if they have one. Screening for body temperature and appropriate mask practices is an excellent way to reduce the risk of infected persons entering your facility and spreading viruses to others. There are several types of screening, but currently, body temperature is one of the most relevant and widely used approaches.

Touchless temperature screening systems are one of the best methods to reduce contact between people in your facility. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends implementing screening practices in many locations as a way to limit the spread of germs.

Why Use Touchless Thermal Screening?

According to the FDA, non-contact infrared thermometers (NCITs) may help reduce cross-contamination and the risk of spreading diseases, as opposed to traditional infrared thermometers. They are easy to clean and use, making them accessible and safe for many people, not just trained medical professionals. NCIT, however, often refers to a thermometer that uses infrared but must be operated by a person, which is less safe and pulls staff away from their work.

The biggest issue with traditional NCITs is that the operator must bring the thermometer relatively close to the person being scanned, usually within a few inches. They may be too close to maintain appropriate safety and social distancing measures. Even with proper personal protective equipment, this puts both parties at unnecessary risk. With an automated, touchless temperature screening machine, there is no other human involved. There isn’t even an item to touch. It is fully contactless, allowing workers and customers to abide by social distancing and stay safer.

safe space contactless scanning system

Another bonus with an automated system is that it can detect temperatures over a larger part of the body, typically the head and face. The NCIT, on the other hand, just measures a specific point on the forehead. The touchless system also enables other features such as mask detection and face recognition.

With a convenient piece of technology like this available, you can show your clients and customers that you take their safety seriously and that you are committed to doing your part in slowing the spread of diseases.

Keep Employees and Customers Safe With Morefield

Whether you run a large warehouse with strict security measures or a small office with just a few employees, an automated temperature screening system is an excellent way to keep illnesses out of your workplace. It can help you avoid unsafe screening practices by completely eliminating a second person. Plus, it can make your employees and customers feel safer and more confident that they are in a healthy work environment.

Show your commitment to safety and keep your visitors healthy by letting the experts at Morefield implement a touchless temperature screening system. Reach out today to get started.

How to Implement a CCTV System

CCTV system in office

Whether you manage a large or small organization, your facility’s physical security should always be a top priority — after all, your building houses a range of valuable assets in need of protection, including equipment, merchandise, business data, customer records and more.

In order to protect your organization’s assets, minimize liability, and create a safer environment for your staff members and guests, you need to keep track of the people who enter and events that take place in your building. Security personnel can’t monitor every corner of your business at once, but a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system can. Learn more about how CCTV can protect your business and how to implement it effectively below.

 Make CCTV Work For You

CCTV is a form of video surveillance businesses and other organizations use to monitor activity inside and outside their locations. The components of a CCTV system include security cameras, display monitors, video recorders, remote access, and storage devices. When connected wirelessly or using cables, these components  allow you to watch live or recorded security footage to identify individuals, track access to sensitive areas, and catch suspicious activity.

Advanced analytics can also trigger alerts for things like: loitering, people counting, objects removed or left behind, and can generate heat maps to show foot-traffic patterns.

In addition to deterring and documenting crime, a CCTV system can also help increase safety for workers and guests in the event of an emergency by providing an accurate count of the number of people on-site.

Planning a CCTV System for Your Location

A CCTV system may appear simple at first glance — cameras transmit video to display monitors, and video recorders store footage for later viewing. However, if you want to make a CCTV system effective, you need to consider more than where you want the cameras pointing. To get the most value for your investment, you need to create a plan tailored to your organization’s unique security concerns and your building’s layout.

You can plan a CCTV system on your own or work with a professional. Either way, you will need to take a variety of factors into account, including:

  • Your goals for your CCTV system
  • The areas and assets that need protection
  • The equipment best suited to your needs

Establish the System’s Purpose

Organizations decide to install video surveillance systems for a myriad of reasons. Before you can create a plan to implement your new CCTV system, you need to define its overarching purpose. Try to be as specific as possible, thinking about the most pressing security threats your business faces and any flaws in your current CCTV system.

If you identify multiple goals for your system, that’s fine — CCTV can perform many functions. For example, you might decide that you want the system to support security staff by monitoring your location’s waiting room while also reducing the amount of storage space and bandwidth required for operation. Or you may want to see what areas of your facility become congested when people are arriving or departing for the day to help you redesign a physical layout. Foot-traffic monitors can also provide data that helps evaluate the effectiveness of a specific advertisement in relationship to the average foot-traffic within a given space.

Conduct a Thorough Site Survey

A site survey helps you identify threats to your facility and understand current infrastructure as it relates to CCTV. During a site survey, look for areas that need additional security and take note of the space’s physical conditions and limitations such as existing equipment, cabling, lighting, and camera mounting options. 

If you’re not sure which parts of your facility require CCTV, consider the locations of your business’ assets and any possible threats they face. Potential sites of interest could include:

  • Building perimeters
  • Waiting areas and lines
  • Parking lots
  • Driving and walking gates
  • Building entrances
  • Emergency exits
  • Hazardous areas
  • IT rooms
  • Financial Processing and Records
  • Stairwells and elevators

Select the Right Cameras

Once you’ve decided where you need CCTV coverage, you can begin filling in the details by choosing the right type of camera for each site of interest. The three main types of cameras you can choose from are single-imager, multi-imager, and pan, tilt, zoom cameras. Single imager cameras give great coverage in a single direction, while multi-imager cameras provide several options for coverage including multiple directions and multiple focal lengths allowing for greater detail at longer distances. Pan, tilt, zoom, cameras are ideal for an active monitoring situation like a guard shack or on duty operator.

You will also need to choose an appropriate resolution for your CCTV cameras. Lower resolution cameras serve as cost-effective tools for general surveillance of an area. However, you may need a camera with a higher resolution if you want the ability to identify specific individuals and increased digital zoom capabilities.

Work With an Expert

Planning a CCTV system can feel daunting, especially if you have strict security requirements or a lot of ground to cover. When you work with an expert, you will get a system tailored to your needs.

At Morefield Communications, we have more than 70 years of experience helping organizations protect their assets with integrated physical security solutions. We can implement video surveillance systems skillfully and efficiently to provide the best results. If you’re ready to start planning your CCTV system, reach out to us today.

Designing an Access Control System

building with access control system

When it comes to protecting business assets, physical security plays just as vital a role as cybersecurity. Whether you manage a small business or a large organization, you need strategies for controlling who has access to certain parts of your building. An access control system uses technology solutions that interface with your physical infrastructure to prevent unauthorized access to your building and keep track of who enters sensitive areas.

A robust access control system can protect your organization’s assets from theft and tampering and help create a safer environment for workers and guests. It can also provide an accurate record of authorized access to identify busy areas and traffic flow problems during specific times of the work day. However, you may find it challenging to implement an access control system if the system’s requirements exceed current infrastructure. To build physical security from the ground up, you need to create an access control plan.

Creating Your Access Control Plan

An access control plan is the blueprint for your access control system. It takes into account your organization’s unique security requirements and lays out a comprehensive strategy for addressing them. Your plan might specify the areas you need to secure, the type of verification required, the type of access control hardware you plan to use, the location of the equipment, and who will monitor and manage the system after installation.

After planning an access control system, you will have a clear understanding of your security risks. You will also understand how to implement an access control system that meets your needs. Let’s take a closer look at some strategies you can use to begin the planning process.

Assess the Situation

Before you can create an access control system, you need to know how your current security structure is performing. Some questions to ask yourself at this stage of planning include:

  • What type of credentials do authorized employees receive?
  • Can you ensure there are no duplicate IDs?
  • How much does your current system cost?
  • Can you strengthen your current system by upgrading it?
  • Which assets might be at risk under your current system?
  • Who has access to sensitive areas of your campus?
  • Who is managing your access control system?

Note that your organization likely possesses assets beyond physical equipment like computers. Business data, patient records, client records, and employee information all need protection, as well.

Observe the Environment

Some businesses hold employees to strict standards, while others conduct business in a more open manner. There’s nothing wrong with having a relaxed work culture, but you should keep this attitude from extending to security where it matters.

To see what training and culture changes might factor into your access control plan, observe the behavior of employees on a normal day. Security concerns occur when employees do things like: holding the door for others without verifying employment status, prop open locked doors for convenience, and allow guests to easily bypass the reception desk.

Conduct a Site Survey and Security Audit

Before  purchasing an access control system, you should conduct a formal site survey and security audit, or hire an expert to complete these examinations for you. This process involves performing a walk-through of your facility to identify threats and assess the risk to your business. During an audit, you should consider:

  • Gaps in mechanical security: Access control devices cannot secure your facility if the doors have mechanical weaknesses. Ensure the doors and frames are in good condition and the key system provides adequate security.
  • The value of your assets: Total the value of your business’s assets, including any liability or loss of productivity that could occur if the asset is stolen or damaged.
  • The level of threat: Determine whether security threats originate inside or outside your organization and identify any changes near your facility that could increase security risks, such as recent business closures.

During a site survey, you will also learn what factors, if any, limit the type of access control system you can install. For example, the age of your building may make it expensive or hazardous to install traditional wired access devices.

Ensure Compliance With Codes and Regulations

Your new access control system must comply with all applicable building codes and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Life Safety Code (NFPA 101). Keep regulatory requirements in mind as you create your access control plan.

Put Your Plan Into Action

Once you’ve created your access control plan, it’s time to install access control equipment, issue new ID to employees, and address other gaps identified in your plan. To implement your system properly and efficiently, consider working with Morefield Communications. With more than 70 years of experience, we can provide a proven solution tailored to your needs. To learn more about our physical security services, contact us online today.

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This free webinar is presented by our own Morefield expert, Andy Burton. Andy has been integral in the implementation and deployment of countless Status Solutions systems. He is well known in many care facilities for his wealth of knowledge, enjoyable attitude and true dedication to his work.

 

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WFH: Keeping your team connected & your information secure

We are all realizing this is the new normal for a bit longer. At Morefield, we want to make sure that your organization can be effective and efficient in this new environment. We are working with all of our strategic partners to provide elongated free trials and special pricing of collaboration tools, remote working solutions & connectivity options to all of clients. Together we will come through this. Please let us know how we can help your organization weather the storm. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of the available options below.

 

What Can Morefield Help Me Implement Today?

Remote Working Tools:

  • Mitel’s MiCloud Connect
    • 3 months free
    • Web, audio and video conferencing, screen sharing, softphone, file sharing, messaging, SMS, mobile apps and more
    • Morefield discounted services rates to get your team up and running as soon as possible – 2 available options
  • Cisco Webex allows employees to stay connected to their teams and continue their business operations.
  • Zoom for Business – remote meeting solutions
  • Microsoft Teams can help maintain connectivity to aid in information sharing, even while working remotely, even if you work for a business that isn’t currently licensed for Teams.
    • Document sharing with One Drive, conferencing with Skype, messaging and sharing with Teams.
  • Discounted pricing available on laptops, desktop & workstations
  • Single number reach, cloud voice, and smartphone access use a single corporate number to be reached at the office, at their home office, or on their mobile device.

Virtual Learning:

  • Webex is providing special features for virtual learning education during this time.

IT Security:

  • Cisco Umbrella protects users from malicious Internet destinations whether they are on or off the network. Existing customers are able to exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers & new customers can access a free license.
  • Duo Security enables organizations to verify users’ identities and establish device trust before granting access to applications. Existing customers are able to exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.
  • Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client empowers employees to work from anywhere on company laptops or personal mobile devices. It also provides the visibility and control security teams need to identify who and which devices are accessing their infrastructure. Existing AnyConnect customers can exceed their user limit to support an increase in remote workers, and new customers can access a free license.
  • Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Endpoints gives you a detailed assessment to find, stop and remove malicious content with effective tools that are simple to use. Get started now with our 2 to 4-week trial at no cost to you.

Physical Security & Resident Notification Solutions:

Status Solutions SARA system:

  • Notifications and alerts in or outside your facility
  • Digital Signage integration
  • Pre-recorded paging announcements
  • Resident tracking
  • Door lockdown/monitoring

Status Solutions CATIE:

  • Social connections for your residents are so important during this time. There is a free of charge web portal available from Status Solutions called CATIE-Web that allows your residents to receive community messages, while they stay connected to the happenings and services in your community. This can be set up remotely without the need to come on site. See https://www.statussolutions.com/catie-web-offer.

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