Smart human body sensors enable healthcare workers to identify individuals with a high temperature

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has announced that Polysense Technologies, a developer of enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for fibre and wireless sensing, has developed a series of smart human body temperature monitoring products based on Semtech’s LoRa devices. Real-time data from the temperature sensors can apparently enable healthcare workers to efficiently screen individuals with a high temperature. The solution has recently shipped to Italy to help with its Coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts.

 “With the new infrared LoRa-based temperature sensors, cities are able to provide better health monitoring and services to communities. Health officials will be able to monitor people’s temperature and if needed, escalate to provide immediate healthcare to individuals who are in need,” said Alex Wu, President of Polysense.

The global community is increasingly turning to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help countries and cities provide better community services to its population. Semtech told Incisor that IoT solutions with flexible, long range capabilities allow the healthcare industry to develop applications that optimize hospital, patient care and public health workflows through reliable and accurate data monitoring.

Polysense offers its new LoRa-based human temperature monitoring products in two variants. A wireless sensor for individual use, the WxS x800-IRTM, which leverages thermal sensing technologies and embedded LoRa devices to consistently monitor patient temperature in real time. The sensor utilizes connectivity based on the LoRaWAN protocol to communicate temperature data to Cloud-based applications for trend analysis. Alerts are pushed to mobile devices if temperature thresholds are exceeded, allowing the patient to limit exposure to others and seek medical attention.

Polysense’s WxS x810-IRTMS is a standalone thermal meter for use in public spaces. This product enables public health officials to monitor populations on public transportation, at airports, railway stations, schools, shopping centres, and large building entrances. According to Semtech, deployment of the WxS x810-IRTMS takes place in less than five minutes, allowing immediate temperature screening and enhanced public safety.

“LoRa devices accelerate product development and enable the deployment of solutions to quickly address customers’ needs. Polysense’s thermal temperature monitoring applications serve as an example of how LoRa-based IoT solutions can provide immediate insights that help communities and healthcare providers better address the Covid-19 crisis,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

Polysense’s LoRa-enabled WxS x800-IRTM and WxS x810-IRTMS are in production and are apparently available to order immediately, with the government of Italy recently purchasing five kits to aid in its COVID-19 containment efforts.

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