A global leader in temperature measurement technologies based at Dronfield, near Sheffield, has used the expertise and knowledge of its workforce to deliver a market leading screening system to accurately detect elevated temperatures, which can indicate a fever, a symptom of COVID-19.

The roll-out of VIRALERT 3 has already attracted interest across a variety of sectors including healthcare, commercial, education, transportation, manufacturing, and sports.

The system provides an effective solution for scanning visitors at entry points. It is already in use at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Tennis, Squash and Racquetball Club, a medical practice in Dronfield, and has been showcased to an MP who praised the innovative product.

Produced by AMETEK Land, with its headquarters in Stubley Lane, Dronfield, VIRALERT 3 provides real-time infrared thermal imaging from a safe social distance, scanning for elevated temperatures that could indicate infection.

Designed to screen visitors at an entry point without slowing the flow of people, VIRALERT 3 scans temperatures without any person-to-person contact, a common mechanism in the transmission of disease.

VIRALERT 3 is easy to use and can be left to operate automatically, with audible and visual alarms alerting when high temperatures are discovered.

VIRALERT 3 is the first of its kind, providing a camera and a temperature-controlled reference source on a single mounting. This makes for a compact system that will not get in the way of queueing people and can be easily wall-mounted.

Using automatic face detection, it locates the best areas for temperature detection, taking a reading that is accurate to within 0.5 °C, then calculating core body temperature through a rapid test procedure of approximately two seconds.

The VIRALERT 3 builds on AMETEK Land’s proven expertise in temperature technology. The company has been developing high-accuracy infrared measurement instruments since 1947 and has been creating human body temperature screening systems since responding to the SARS outbreak of 2003.

Division Vice President Justin Smith at AMETEK Land said: “VIRALERT 3 can be easily installed into reception areas of buildings which means that people can pass through without any lengthy queues forming.

“We’re pleased that we can help facilities to open, allowing people to get back to work, visit key facilities, and return to sport and leisure. VIRALERT 3 is a compact system, very easy to set up and use but more importantly, it is non-contact.

“Highly accurate readings mean that anyone with an elevated temperature will be identified before fully entering the building, thereby reducing the spread of infection”.

“VIRALERT 3 is a major global technology in keeping people safe in the fight against COVID-19.  We are proud to have developed and manufactured it here in Dronfield. The global market for this technology is expanding very rapidly and will provide a boost to the manufacturing profile in our region.”

For further information on the VIRALERT 3 Human Body Temperature Screening System visit www.landviralert.com