Terminal Scanner Improves Safety

The terminal scanner installed at Marshall Hall, the headquarters of the United States Army Reserve Command, and the headquarters of the United States Forces Command scans soldiers’ and civilians’ wrist temperatures. It also takes pictures of their faces as they enter Marshall Hall.

One significant advantage of this terminal scanner is that it does not require touching. Officially, the device is known as a “Single Person Thermal Wrist Temperature Detection and Face Recognition Terminal.” This tablet-like terminal is equipped with a camera and a thermal scanner. It is supported by a stand that raises it from the ground to around chest height. People lean over to photograph their faces as they enter the building. Each photo is taken in a fraction of a second by the camera.

The terminal scanner includes a memory card that can store up to 10,000 photos and is only accessible via a key. That is, even if someone enters the building at a normal temperature. Still, later tests positive for COVID-19, the photo archive can help determine who entered around the same time, assisting with contact tracing. According to the device’s specifications, it has a facial recognition accuracy rate of 90% with a mask and -99% without a mask.

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