COVID-19 Surveillance and Control Mechanisms

When Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the Nation in a press conference on April 16th 2020 he mentioned that the first thing we need to get in place was ‘more extensive surveillance.’

He stated that ‘we need to ensure that when we move to a lesser restriction environment that we have confidence that we’ll be able to identify any outbreaks very quickly and respond to them.’

He also communicated that we need ‘an even greater tracing capability than we have now, stating that those out there who’re tracking down cases of COVID-19 were doing a fantastic job, but when lifting that to an industrial capability that we need to do that using technology.’

Professor Brendan Murphy commented that ‘you cannot relax your surveillance and control mechanisms just because you have for a period of time not detected new cases.’ It’s highly imperative that we get protection in place now, because ‘the virus writes its own rules.’

Scientists are now in the process of developing a phone app to track and predict COVID-19 outbreaks. The app encourages users to log in daily and answer questions regarding symptoms and risk factors that are not yet recorded by health authorities. The information collected alerts astrophysicists to identify geographical clusters of symptoms and detect where COVID-19 could be spreading.

Prolux understand the importance of being across all changes for our clients, awareness and safety are paramount. Keeping at the forefront of technology allows us to deliver innovative products that not only create value but provide a solution.

With the sudden onset of COVID-19, our thermal imaging technicians looked further into surveillance and control mechanisms, one standout being the Dahua Human Body Temperature Measurement Solution.

To find out how we can assist you as a Building Manager in preventing COVID-19 from entering your buildings call us today on 1800 800 880.

Prevent COVID-19 from entering your Building

Coronavirus or COVID-19 has become an international health crisis with the World Health Organisation declaring it a pandemic on 11th March 2020.

With over 200 countries affected, radical measures have been implemented both at Federal and State level in Australia to help slow and aid in the eradication of the virus.

With the viruses’ main path of transmission through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks to another, the social distancing rule of 1.5 metres is helping in the prevention of cross contamination. Hygiene however, has undoubtedly become a major priority, as like other viruses COVID-19 can persist on surfaces for several hours or several days, depending of the conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment) and by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth is what becomes an easy way for it to spread.

What can Building Managers do to prevent the spread COVID-19?

Prevention is always better than cure, but what can be done now to manage the spread? Stop anyone in their tracks from entering your building who has an elevated temperature? Exactly… This can be achieved through thermal imaging, more specifically by installing a Human Body Temperature Measurement Solution, at a designated entry point(s).

Prevention is the savior to cure, reduce the possibility at all costs.

How does the camera identify an infected individual?

Body temperature is considered to be in the normal range between 36-37 degrees. Anything at or above 38 degrees is classified as a fever.

The Dahua Thermal Body Camera is capable of measuring body temperature, by way of face recognition with a high degree of accuracy (±0.3 with blackbody) allowing for instant notification by triggering an alarm when somebody enters a building with an elevated temperature.

The camera is able to measure multiple people (3 people per second) up to a distance of 3 meters, allowing for fast, precise measurement. Furthermore, it’s contactless making it safe for everyone.

What does this mean for Facility Managers?

Having the ability to screen all employees, workers and members of the public entering your building(s) gives you piece of mind and control. The ability to provide contactless screening will allow for potential carriers of COVID-19 and other contagious viruses’ (e.g. the flu) to be identified before entering.

Positioning the camera at a designated entry point(s) within a commercial or industrial building will ensure all people entering the premises will be scanned.

How does the camera work?

The camera works by measuring body temperature with its dual lens camera, consisting of a normal camera module with an infrared LED and a thermal camera module, together in the one camera.

The measurement area is able to identify and focus on ‘faces’ ignoring hot objects like ‘a cup of coffee,’ unless held in front of a face at the point of measurement. It’s can also decipher headwear or headgear; detecting a person’s temperature even through a helmet.



What are the benefits of owning the camera?

The Dahua Thermal Camera can easily be installed and implemented to detect elevated body temperature in commercial, industrial and office suites and public gathering locations. It has already proven to significantly improve speed and accuracy and at the same time help reduce cross-infection via non-contact measurement for Building Managers. Measuring the temperature of 5,000 people for example would take over 4 hours using a forehead thermometer (at least 3 seconds per person), however, using Dahua Thermal Solution only takes 30 minutes with it’s capability of measuring 3 people per second.

Thermal Body Camera features:

  • Accurate temperature measurement; ±0.3℃
  • Safe, contactless screening
  • Face identification for rapid screening; detects temperature through headwear/helmet
  • Multi-person measurement; 3 people per second, max 30 people in sight
  • Visual abnormal alert to facilitate back-tracking.


Prolux understand the importance of being across all changes for our clients, awareness and safety are paramount. For advice and assessment on ways in which we can assist with your commercial and industrial electrical requirements call us on 1800 800 880.