Welsh Government Innovation supports University of South Wales to demonstrate the viability of COVID-19 Mass Temperature Screening Technology.
The role of mass temperature screening to control COVID-19 is under review by administrations globally. In Wales, its use in schools to manage infection risk has been considered by the Minister for Education as part of a framework for schools to manage operations. Researchers in the School of Engineering at University of South Wales (USW) propose to develop a technology that logs body temperature over ~24 hours to identify presence of virus-induced fevers. Relative temperature measurements will be taken via a bespoke wristband with remote RFID data transfer triggered on entering into school/University/community settings. USW is also working with local company Procter Bros, to develop a thermal imaging system triggered by the same RFID link that would augment this technology.
The technology will lead to a device that could be manufactured in Wales if this study is successful. Government COVID-19 funding and private investment will be applied for to scale up trials once the concept is proven. USW expect this technology, when proven, to have applications not only in education sector but in a wide range of workplace and community settings in the UK and internationally.
If proven, the technology will provide early identification of potential COVID-19 symptoms and will have numerous applications as we move into our “new normal”, in particular, in schools, workplaces, travel, etc. The longer term opportunity is for potential manufacture of the product which will support future resilience of supply chain companies in Wales.