Thermal Temperature Checks May Come to Sports Venues, but Are They Accurate?
By Daniel Kaplan
Since sports went into lockdown last month, teams and leagues have scrambled to create reopening strategies, most of which revolve around massive COVID-19 testing that is not yet available but may emerge.
There is also a sharp interest in deploying at sports venues thermal heat cameras — devices that take temperatures in an instant — and are widely used in Asian ports of entry like airports. Games, when they come back, might be played initially with no fans, but when they are allowed in, the old tolerance of letting through someone coughing and sick is unlikely to persist.
“There’s a lot of people looking after this, if you will, trying to be the first to market,” said Sam Adeyemi of the U.S. sports division at Orion Innovation. “It’s a huge undertaking, right? So in order to provide this in a stadium, to have 20,000 people to get them in the door, that’s the first problem you have to solve.
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