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NEC thermal scans at HQ entrance for flu carriers

We know it’s the season for colds and flu to stop the spread of goodwill to all men, but I was more than a little shocked by the lengths one tech company is going to in order to halt the march of the germs.

Arriving at NEC’s Tokyo headquarters the other day, I had to run the gauntlet of an infrared scanning machine that measures the temperature of anyone entering the building [Subscription link].

The infrared thermography system produces a visual display of the entire body, with the coolest areas in black and white and anything at 38˚C or higher in red.

Should anyone hit the magic 38 mark, they’ll be pulled aside by a vigilant flu patrol and checked again with a more traditional thermometer.

If they really do have a fever, they can be asked to wear a mask while in the building or, presumably, carted off to an isolation ward if it’s something really nasty.

(Crossposted to TechRadar)

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