Mitie launches thermal imaging service to combat COVID-19 spread


Mitie Security has launched a thermal imaging service to help businesses protect against the spread of COVID-19

Mitie Security, a part of facilities management company Mitie Group, is helping businesses mitigate the spread of coronavirus with the launch of a new suite of fever-screening solutions. The solutions, which have been developed by adapting existing thermal imaging technology, identifies individuals with a fever that may be symptomatic of COVID-19.

This fever-screening technology is able to detect human temperatures to within an accuracy of 0.3ºC.

These solutions have been designed to support the wide range of industries on the frontline of the nation’s fight against coronavirus, as well as those looking to prepare for when current restrictions are eased.

Applications for thermal imaging technology include:

  • Healthcare – Identifying potential COVID-19 sufferers as they enter hospital which will allow healthcare professionals to take precautions, such as limiting contact with other patients and ensuring all staff they encounter are wearing appropriate PPE.
  • Public spaces – Scanning people’s body temperature on entry to public spaces, such as railway stations, airports and large venues. This will allow individuals potentially suffering from COVID-19 to be isolated and reduce the further spread of the virus in crowded places. 
  • Retail – Thermal imaging technology will support the safety of staff and customers in supermarkets or other shops in identifying individuals with fevers and potentially diverting them away from the stores. 
  • Business Headquarters – For businesses preparing for the return of large number of employees to their head offices. These fever-screening solutions will detect any employees or visitors who are potentially infected with COVID-19, preventing it from spreading further within the office.

To enable use in different situations, the technology has been developed in several formats from hand-held units to mounted cameras.

Mitie’s specialist fire and security systems’ team has also developed a process guide to be used alongside the fever-screening solutions, including best practice guidelines and procedures to manage individuals with a high body temperature, depending on the scenario.

Evolving to face the threat

Jason Towse, managing director of business services at Mitie, said: “Ensuring the safety of our clients’ employees and customers has always been our priority, and this is even more important during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As many businesses start planning a return to work after lockdown, we must ensure that we all play our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.

“As the UK’s leading technology-led security provider, we are evolving to meet this new threat. By harnessing thermal technology we can support businesses in keeping people safe – be that those at the coal face of the pandemic or others looking to find safe ways to return to daily life as and when restrictions begin to ease.”


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