The Department of Immigration yesterday introduced a facial recognition thermometer to assist with the early detection of COVID-19.
“It is incumbent on us as leaders to go ahead and take the necessary measures to safeguard the staff and to safeguard our customers,” Director of Immigration Clarence Russell said.
“I think you know that we have quite a volume of persons who come to the Immigration Department for services throughout the entire Commonwealth [of The Bahamas]. But, at headquarters, until we fix some things, which we are in the process of doing, it will continue to be quite a number of persons who will come to us.
“So, with the government’s decision that we will reopen shortly and the fact that we cannot, as an essential service, shut our doors, we have had to take the necessary measures to make sure that any and everyone who comes into our presence, obviously, is sterile in the interest of all concerns.”
The thermometers were installed at the department’s head office as well as at Monarch House.
The devices cost $1,500 each, according to Russell.
Ronnie Ferguson, of SunRise Communications, the company that provided the thermometers, said the devices give the department “the ability to have all persons that are entering the building — whether they are staff or the general public — to have their temperatures taken before they are able to move about in the building”.
“The system also gives the ability to have the person who is entering the building have a photo of them taken for record keeping purposes as well as for any contact tracing that needs to be done later on in the future,” Ferguson said.
SunRise Communications donated 20 mobile UVC sterilization lights to the department yesterday.
The lights kill 99 percent of pathogens and other viruses on a variety of surfaces, according to Ferguson.