Germany’s Scandinavian Park mall has chosen contactless fever screening technology from Dermalog, the country’s largest biometrics firm, to improve health protection measures and ensure a seamless customer experience, the company announced.
By detecting body temperature from a distance, Dermalog’s fever detection camera can significantly reduce infection risk, the company says. The fever detection camera is integrated with Scandinavian Park in Handewitt’s hygiene concept.
When customers enter the shopping center’s market, their temperature is measured within one second from up to 2 meters distance. Dermalog leverages its biometrics expertise to scan people’s faces and display an alert if fever is detected. The system supports automated mask detection, so people not wearing masks will be informed that the measure is mandatory.
“Currently, a lot of customers are insecure, whether they can shop without hesitation. By using a fever camera, we want to reduce this insecurity to a certain extent and, at the same time, make a significant contribution to health protection at Scandinavian Park,” said Frank Sauerberg, management board member of Scandinavian Park Petersen KG, in a prepared statement.
The thermal system has been included in a number of sectors as a valuable health protection method, after being initially developed for border controls and airports, explained Dermalog CEO Günther Mull, in a prepared statement.
The use of contactless temperature detection has been recommended by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which has led to its deployment in various companies and institutions in over 50 countries. Dermalog’s technology secures retail stores, offices, manufacturing halls, sports grounds, event locations and hospitals.
Automated temperature checks by Dermalog technology are also used for soccer players from the German Bundesliga to get back to training while ensuring safe health practices.
The biometrics industry has seen a surge in demand following the COVID-19 outbreak, Research and Markets found, with biometric facial recognition promoted as an alternative to fingerprint scanners for workplaces now that it is adapted to work with masks.
Several EU data protection authorities have warned businesses about the regulatory and privacy considerations of temperature screening systems.