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Compact thermographic scanner now on sale to general public

By Ben K, grape Japan

Thermographic imaging, through cameras, scanners, or other devices, is an important screening technology that has been marshaled in the fight against the novel coronavirus. You may have seen these devices already installed in airports, in stores or in office buildings monitoring the surface temperature of customers or visitors to check for any signs of an elevated temperature.

While asymptomatic people without fevers may also be carriers, having a fever is one commonly recognized symptoms and a sign of potential infection. According to guidelines issued by the Japanese government, anyone with a temperature in excess of 37.5 C (99.5 F) for more than four consecutive days should be tested for the virus.

While big companies and stores have the room and the budget to purchase and install thermographic imaging cameras or scanners, it may be out of reach for small businesses, offices or nursing homes.

Fortunately, now there's a compact and affordable solution on the market.

The Thermogate Zero

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Made by Tokyo-based Pebble Corporation Inc., the Thermogate Zero already sold over 3,000 units since July 1st in the first run of private orders.

Due to its compact size, it can easily be adapted to various situations:


At the office, you can attach it to conference rooms and waiting room doors as well as doors leading to the reception desk and the entrance of offices. Easy to install, Thermogate Zero protects the safety of employees and customers and can be a useful tool for companies seeking to manage the health of their employees.

Wall-mounted and table stand-mounted

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Why buy a Thermogate Zero?


It's equipped with a reliable non-contact temperature sensor manufactured by OMRON, a global manufacturer of health and medical equipment. When it detects a set temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher, the LED of the terminal lights up and an alarm sounds.

It requires no installation. Simply attach the magnets with double-sided tape and you're ready to go. No expensive attachments or dedicated stands are required.

Extremely affordable price of ¥29,800 per unit (excluding tax). Since the Thermogate Zero focuses exclusively on body temperature detection function, Pebble Corporation was able to develop the device in a relatively short period of time and keep the price low. At this price, you can install multiple units and implement stronger safety measures.

Product info

Name (JP): サーモゲート 零-ZERO

Name (EN): Thermogate ZERO

Dimensions: W 85 mm x H 110 mm x D 23 mm

Sensor: Omron

Power supply: 4 AA batteries or micro-USB charge

Detected temperature range: 0 to 55 C

Measured temperature accuracy: 10 to 85% (in absence of freezing or condensation)

Measurable temp. range / accuracy: 35 to 42 C / ±0.5 C (when temperatures are between 10 to 30 C)

Reserve yours at the website

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Interesting, but it maybe more important for business to resume operations.

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Not without its uses, but not only are many people carrying the virus asymptomatic, but of those with symptoms, only about 25% have a fever.

Remote oximeters are not yet viable, but testing the oxygen level in the blood is another inexpensive, useful tool in the arsenal of testing for the virus.

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This is going to inevitably cause issues with those who run, or cycle to work or elsewhere, as naturally when you exercise your body heats up - hence you sweat as a Natural cooling mechanism... and for those who've surgically removed their sweat glands from under their arms for... cosmetic reasons, "oh boy", do you feel bad now...

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