NIRAMAI offers automated FeverTest for COVID-19 screening enhancing its patented ThermalytixTM technology

May 12, 2020

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has shocked everyone. Reducing community spread through rigorous screening is the most important aspect to ease the Lockdown in the country. NIRAMAI offers an Automated FeverTest for COVID Screening that helps identify likely infected people at the entrances of hospitals, workplaces, and public places and helps in controlling the spread.  NIRAMAI’s solution is aimed towards enabling automated screening of population by checking not only for fever but also for respiratory abnormalities using its Thermalytix solution (Artificial Intelligence Algorithms over thermal images).

Currently, in India, thermal screening is done using infrared forehead thermometers to measure the temperature of people in public places. This method of measuring the temperature is prone to manual errors, has the risk of cross-contamination, and does not scale for a large population. Thermal cameras have been used to measure the temperature of multiple people at once, especially in busy public areas. Remote contactless measurement effectively avoids cross-contamination, reduces the psychological impact with its non-interfering process. NIRAMAI solution adds further AI-based analysis to make it more suitable for COVID Screening. NIRAMAI FeverTest performs face detection in the thermal stream and enables accurate measurement of the temperature of each person, counts a number of people screening, and those of which those who were found with suspected fever are isolated with snapshots of people made available to concerned security authorities. This centralized data collection enables data analysis and integration with other solutions, such as facial recognition, alarm systems and more, for effective response and tracking

NIRAMAI solution monitors the temperature of all people walking into a facility remotely using FLIR infrared cameras, who are world-renowned thermal camera vendors. On this thermal stream, NIRAMAI Computer Vision algorithms identify the faces of people and measures their temperatures to detect suspected fever. The suspected patients can be further subjected to NIRAMAI Respiratory Rate Measurement AI-algorithm to confirm abnormal respiratory conditions before sending them to a full COVID19 diagnosis. NIRAMAI FeverTest solution is available for standalone commercial deployment in two models – Single Person (SP) and Multi-Person (MP) check system. The solution has been pilot tested during the lockdown period at multiple corporate and government offices. It has also used for mass screening in containment zones.

NIRAMAI has also integrated its FeverTest technology in Mitra Robots from Invento Robotics. These robots can be deployed at the entrance of a hospital for screening patients and visitors. While the robot collects visitor information through a voice-based conversation, NIRAMAI solution using a thermal camera mounted on the robot measures the facial temperature of the visitor. If a visitor shows no signs of Covid-19 then the robot refers the visitor to a human receptionist. However, if something abnormal is detected, then it takes the patient to a separate room and facilitates remote interaction with the doctor. This screening can be done automatically with the remote vigilance of security staff, thus reducing the risk to health workers.

About NIRAMAI: https://www.niramai.com/

NIRAMAI Health Analytix is a deep-tech startup with expertise in thermal imaging and AI. They have developed an innovative AI Engine called Thermalytix™ which enables a radiation-free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution for hospitals and diagnostic centers. The solution is accurate, affordable, privacy-aware, and can be used for women of all ages, including women under 45 years.  As the solution is portable, it is also amenable to screening camps in rural areas and corporate health camps. Their core technology called Thermalytix uses a high-resolution thermal sensing device and cloud-hosted AI-based solution for analyzing thermal images. The innovative machine learning techniques used in NIRAMAI’s solution have led to 9 US granted patents. Niramai is the only Indian company listed on the 2019 Top AI 100 startups in the world announced by CB Insights. Niramai has won many awards, the Gold prize in Hack Osaka 2019, Aegis Grahambell Award, Frost and Sullivan Award, etc and have been part of accelerators such as Google Launchpad, Philips Healthworks, Nvidia Inception, BIRAC Winner, Elevate 100 and others. NIRAMAI has now developed a new solution for Automated COVID Screening leveraging its expertise in thermal imaging and AI.