Servant Fire Protection, a Nashville-based business that serves communities throughout Middle Tennessee, celebrated its membership with Williamson, Inc., the chamber of commerce for Williamson County, on Thursday with a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony, where he shared one tool that could be helpful to business owners particularly during this time in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Servant Fire Protection provides a number of safety-related services, including the sale, service, inspection, installation and repair of fire protection equipment. Some of the items and systems the business offers is fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency lighting, fire sprinklers, fire hydrants, kitchen hood suppression systems and more.
In addition to fire protection, the company also provides alarm and burglar monitoring systems, nurse call systems and more. One of the most recent additions to the list is a thermal imaging camera system, which is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This system, according to John Dillon of Servant Fire Protection, can take the temperature of up to 30 people at a time. He said owners can set a temperature threshold, and anyone in the range of the camera that exceeds that threshold will alert the system.
"I have it set to 99.1 degrees, so anybody that's 99.1 or over — this thing will start going crazy," he said. "It can set off alarms. It'll send emails to people, push notifications to an app."
Dillon said the system will also capture the image of the person that exceeds that threshold and send it as a notification. He shared that the camera even has the ability to profile people, including their temperature, gender and approximate age.
"You can put it on your computer as a notification so you know exactly who came in with the higher temperature and go find them and do whatever you need to do to isolate him or her from the rest of the group or the population to keep everybody more healthy and safe," he said.
He added that, unlike competing systems, the one they provide has an automated calibration reference point, so the system does not need to be regularly shut down and recalibrated.
He said the company also has a similar system that can detect keywords, such as profanity or bullying phrases or even things like "vaping," which he said works well in schools.