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Millions of people are waiting out the pandemic at home but many others still have to go to work in industries like food preparation, shipping, and manufacturing, particularly medical equipment. FLIR, which makes thermal cameras for military intelligence collection and targeting, says they've seen an "exponential" increase in sales to industrial customers who want to scan employees for fever — a key symptom of COVID-19.
"Whether it's a medical organization that wants to have this screening before you enter a clinic or a hospital, whether it's other industries that are critical to manage the distribution of goods and such, they have to maintain a large workforce, etc. etc.," they're ordering thermal cameras like neverbefore, FLIR CEO James Cannon said.
Examples: Emirates Airlines is now screening all passengers headed to the United States. The Wynn Resorts casino chain, currently closed by the outbreak, has nevertheless put in a large order for the cameras. A grocery store chain in Atlanta is scanning customers and if the shopper presents a temperature above 100.4, the market will "discretely inform" them and find an alternative way to shop for them, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Beyond its military sales, which include cameras embedded in tiny bug drones, FLIR also sells thermal imaging equipment to the Department of Homeland Security for watching U.S. borders.