The non-contact thermometer has an infrared sensor and an LED display integrated with a microcontroller which runs on a 9V battery
Naval Dockyard, Mumbai has designed and developed its own handheld Infrared (IR) based temperature sensor with accuracy of 0.02 deg Celsius for undertaking screening of “large number” of personnel at the entry gates of the yard. The instrument has been manufactured under Rs 1,000 through in-house resources.
The non-contact thermometer has an infrared sensor and an LED display integrated with a microcontroller which runs on a 9V battery.
“This initiative has provided a tool for undertaking screening of large number of personnel at the entry gates of the yard thereby reducing the load on the security sentries at the gate,” read a statement from the Navy.
The 285 year old Naval Dockyard (ND) of Western Naval Command (WNC) has an average influx of around 20,000 personnel entering its premises every day. In view of COVID-19, initial screening of these personnel entering the dockyard was essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the yard and the Western Fleet. The most preliminary method to screen a probable patient is to check for body temperature by a non-contact means.
The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has led to one of the biggest medical emergencies the world has witnessed in the recent times. Since the outbreak, the non-contact thermometers or temperature guns have become scarce in the market and are being sold at a very high cost.