Amazon.com Inc begin using thermal cameras at its warehouses to quickly screen out those worker who have fevers and could possibly be infected with the coronavirus, reported Reuters, citing company’s employees.
Amazon previously was using forehead thermometers to check workers for fevers but with the cameras installed, it take less time and contact to check them for the same as the cameras measure the heat every person in view has been emitting relative to his or her surroundings, the workers said.
In the United States, Amazon saw coronavirus positive cases in workers at more than 50 of its warehouses, prompting some workers to walk off their jobs worrying about their safety. After reports of virus cases in Amazon’s warehouses, unions and elected officials demand shutting those buildings down.
The use of cameras by the second biggest corporate entity of the United States was not into news until recently. It also highlights efforts of the company to explore methods to stop spread of virus without closing its warehouses which is important for its business to continue operating.
Amazon has got a go ahead by U.S. states to continue its goods delivery service in about whole of the country while people are home bound under stay-at-home orders.
The online tech giant has to temporarily close six of its fulfillment centers in France after having heated discussion with workers there concerning over the risks arising from virus spread, that resulted in one of the biggest fallouts for the company so far.
Making use of the thermal camera technology already proved itself successful as it was extensively used at airports in Asia in 2003 after SARS epidemic. The camera systems, which could cost from 45,000 to $20,000, are also being used in other companies including Intel Corp and Tyson Foods Inc.
Amazon will reportedly be replacing thermometers with thermal cameras in many of its Whole Foods stores too at worker entrances.