Mbabane: The Republic of China on Taiwan has donated the most expensive scanner called thermal imaging camera. Taiwan made this donation to the Ministry of Health at an event held at the Taiwanese embassy in Mbabane on May 4. The Taiwanese team that descended in the country said the thermometer which is infrared powered and is said to be one of few that are used in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic globally. It is able to scan a number of people simultaneously while also ensuring safety as the users need not stand within earshot.
Receiving the donation the Ministry of Health said the camera is easier, to use, safer as well as saves on time, said a member of the team.
On thermal imaging camera
While they are expensive pieces of equipment, their popularity and adoption by fire-fighters in the United States is increasing markedly due to the increased availability of government equipment grants following the September 11 attacks in 2001. Thermal imaging cameras pick up body heat, and they are normally used in cases where people are trapped where rescuers cannot find them.
A thermal imaging camera consists of five components: an optic system, detector, amplifier, signal processing, and display. Fire-service specific thermal imaging cameras incorporate these components in a heat-resistant, ruggedized, and waterproof housing. These parts work together to render infrared radiation, such as that given off by warm objects or flames, into a visible light representation in real time.
The camera display shows infrared output differentials, so two objects with the same temperature will appear to be the same colour. Many thermal imaging cameras use grey scale to represent normal temperature objects, but highlight dangerously hot surfaces in different colours.
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