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Health Canada approved thermal imaging technology used at Cobourg Police Service

V13 Policetech Accelerator team uses ThermaScans to protect front-line officers against community transmission

October 19, 2020  by CM Staff

Founder, Alex Papanicolaou, demonstrating the usage of non-contact thermal imaging technology to measure temperatures in real-time to detect symptoms of COVID-19 (or other illnesses) via the ThermaScans app. PHOTO: Therma Scans Inc.

COBOURG, Ont. — Alex Papanicolaou and Nisha Sarveswaran have been working in collaboration with the V13 Policetech Accelerator and the Cobourg Police Service (CPS) on a non-contact smart thermal imaging technology that can accurately measure temperatures in real-time that elicit symptoms of COVID-19 (or other illnesses) called: ThermaScans.

“We are grateful to the Town of Cobourg, Northumberland CFDC, FedDev Ontario and the Policetech Accelerator for the opportunity to make a difference for front-line workers,” said Alex Papanicolaou, Co-founder and CEO of ThermaScans, in a prepared statement. “The Cobourg Police Service has provided an excellent test bed in a controlled environment to validate the efficacy and efficiency of our technology. The responsiveness and communication with Chief VandeGraaf and Thomas Wilson—as well as the support of Cobourg’s interim CAO Ian Davey and his team—have been integral to the rapid deployment of the ThermaScans system.”

The company shared that the ThermaScans technology is currently deployed in multiple front-line environments, and in active use by local municipal and essential services. The Cobourg police station also installed the technology in its cell block as a means to take temperature readings of individuals during the booking process.

“Among the key factors driving new technology are innovation and motivation, but the fundamental driver in our view is digital transformation. ThermaScans’ technology assures that individuals are triaged appropriately, preventing further community transmission. By this innovative approach, we are protecting not only the safety of front-line officers, but all the justice system partners,” said Paul VandeGraaf, Chief of Police, Cobourg Police Service. “Collective efforts between Northumberland CFDC, CPS, and the V13 Policetech Accelerator is focused at the development and implementation of innovative policing technologies and best practices for community safety in Ontario and around the world.”