New Forest school installs thermal camera to detect coronavirus

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Pennington Junior School’s camera can detect high temperatures of staff and pupils

A NEW Forest school is thought to be one of the first to implement thermal technology in a bid to detect coronavirus among staff and students.

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Pennington Junior School has installed a thermal camera, which are effective in detecting high temperatures – a key symptom of the virus – thanks to a £5,000 donation from local companies JB Services Group and Dimension Build.

Director of Dimension Build, Jim Clark, who grew up in Pennington, said: “It now means up to 30 pupils, teachers and parents will be able to enter the premises at once, as the camera can both detect and single out the source of the heat amongst a large collection of people.

“Ultimately, it brings as much normality back to the school as possible and makes it the fun place of learning that it has always been.”

The school’s admin officer Susan Hotine added: “The thermal camera is an amazing asset for the running of our school, not just during a pandemic but for the foreseeable future.”

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