DCU Student launches scanner technology that could help businesses reopen

Seanie Germaine, a Marketing, Innovation & Technology student from DCU, has released a facial temperature scanner deigned to monitor a person’s health before they enter a business.

The mounted tablet, named ‘TempCheck’ uses thermal imaging technology to check a person’s temperature, which allows it to identify a fever, the most common symptom of Covid 19.

During the early stages of lockdown, Germaine researched the spread of the virus and the commonly used virus-detection methods adopted by Chinese and South Korean businesses.

After discovering temperature scanners, Germaine tried to buy one for his family’s restaurant in Baltinglass, County Wicklow.

“I started to look for solutions but there wasn’t anything suitable on the market in Ireland. I discussed the devices with other business owners to try gauge the possible demand, before finally taking the plunge and starting my own business to help other venues like ours reopen with confidence,” Germaine told The College View, eventually reaching out to suppliers directly.

Once his orders from overseas had been arranged, the units arrived just as Phase Two of lockdown restrictions had begun.

The third year student had been closely following all updates on the Covid-19 pandemic since early February, meaning his TempChecks were able to hit the market just when they were at their highest demand from businesses.

The devices have already been installed in a variety of office spaces, restaurants and health care facilities, as well as aiding in the reopening of Templeogue College swimming pool and of Kelly’s Resort & Spa in Rosslare.

Germaine also envisions a further increase in the use of TempChecks when pubs can reopen on the 10th of August.

TempChecks installed on DCU’s campuses “could definitely add to the COVID response plans”, should heavy footfall return to colleges later in the year, he added.

Germaine had high praise for his Marketing, Innovation & Technology course which aided him greatly in “realising TempCheck’s potential.”

The devices could become increasingly common over the coming weeks as Covid-19 cases start to rise once again.

The government has recently delayed the beginning of Phase 4 of lockdown until the 10th of August and is set to publish a green list of countries that are believed to be safe to travel to.

Public transport users refusing to wear a face mask can be subject to a fine or a prison sentence of six months, with face masks also mandatory in retail settings and shopping centres, but not yet enforced by law.

Jamie McCarron