Thermal Cameras to assist in screening Visitors and Staff entering Facilities

Firstly I would like to emphasise what a great job all of the essential services staff have been doing around the world “including Corrections and Justice workers”, I am so proud of you all, you are heroes of your communities. I have also been extremely impressed with organisations government and private that are doing their best to accommodate staff needs.

In the past few months Steve Maltby and I have been working with Justice Departments in the Oceania Region to reduce the risk of introducing the Coronavirus into correctional facilities, court houses, public buildings, immigration centres and construction building sites to name a few. Nuctech has been working on a technology solution to screen people with temperatures from a safe distance. We have been addressing the major risks identified for correctional centres such staff and visitor access to a facility and inmate reception.

The Oceania Region were the first in the world to receive our Thermal Cameras for a justice environment. The priority was to get the units delivered as soon as possible for deployment to provide a layer of screening protection after the COVID 19 risk was imminent. Nuctech research and Development has prioritised the working outcomes of the Thermal Cameras to meet the needs of the Justice Department and have quickly engaged engineers to develop updates weekly. Steve Maltby and I and the Nuctech team (Including Michelle, James, Mark and Barry) are extremely committed to provide the best possible outcome for the end user. Nuctech research and development will continually look to improve the performance of our equipment to meet the needs of our customers.

The information below is to provide some background to developing a technology solution to screen staff and visitors entering a facility. We would like to emphasise the importance of a complete contingency strategy and plan that includes the assistance of technology. Technology will provide great outcomes and will complement existing operational protocols and procedures to reduce risk.

As you may be aware this technology has been utilised in international airports for several years to screen passengers with a high temperature on entry into the international airport. We have been modifying and adapting the solution be complement contingencies already implemented to screen access to facilities. While each facility has its unique challenges, the risk remains the same and the solution requires numerous and differing resolutions.

All the strategic planning groups we have been working with have considerable challenges although the solution modelling is almost consistent amongst all of them. While working with strategic teams on this technology solution it is evident that it will complement the operational strategies put in place already. This technology solution is one component of the great work that is being completed by teams in record pace.

Steve Maltby and I commend the International Corrections & Prisons Association for providing a platform to share strategies to address the risk of COVID-19 into prisons and correctional facilities. The recent Webinar was highly informative and detailed the risks that are currently affecting the management of prisons and correctional facilities around the world in relation to COVID-19 and the importance to have current contingency plans and control measures.

Some observations working with Strategic Planning Groups include

·        A number of Legal challenges such as legislation and acts and regulations are being reviewed.  This includes new challenges in work health and safety and personal protective equipment for staff and persons in custody.

·        Technical solutions have been discussed including reviewing local operating procedures and policies. The structured day within the prisons is changing with the importance of out of cell hours and purposeful activity never being more important than now. We all know and understand that when people in custody are locked in for long hours and have little to do the tension rises.

·        The impact from the Political landscape is impacting greatly.

·        The Social structure of prisons is changing quickly including inmate visits and contact with the community. The social lives and dependencies of staff have been impacting on attendance with external factors such as childcare and schools closing.

·        While the external financial and Economic situation of the world is extremely unstable strategic teams have been working on business cases to implement strategies to combat risks within correctional environments within allocated budgets.

·        The Environmental factors of each facility have been assessed by strategic teams to identify risk and develop solutions to meet challenging designs and environments. 

In these uncertain times most people in the community are very anxious and scared. I can only imagine how a person in custody must be feeling.

Without this technology it is understandable in the coming months many people in custody may have little to no access to personal visits. (although video visits when available is helping with this). People in custody may spend more hours locked in cells and less hours of activity. In my experience people in custody tend to have low coping skills, this will be a major challenge in the coming months.

There has been some great work completed in response to date although the real work will come on the path out of the current challenging situation. All Justice Departments will require a clear path forward with contingency plans for fresh outbreaks and new operational policies and procedures for managing corrections and other Justice areas.

This is one of our new products – An Automatic Infrared Face Temperature Screening System FeverBlock.


“Yes” we have plenty stock available, Steve Maltby and I have deployed a few hundred systems in Australia and New Zealand the past few weeks at critical infrastructure locations - Understandably it’s been quite popular given the current situation. We also working on a number of new solutions such as retrofitting walk-through Milliwave Scanners and Human Low Dose X-ray Scanners equipped with thermal temperature cameras for us in Corrections.


The FeverBlock System can scan people with elevated temperatures from a standoff distance. The people being scanned are passively checked as they enter a facility with no need to pause or stop.

Stable Intelligent temperature measurement

Precisely locates human faces using deep learning algorithms to avoid the influence of irrelevant heat sources and work stable while wearing a mask. Intelligent distance compensation, which greatly reduces the large fluctuations of ordinary infrared temperature measurement cameras when the distance changes.


High throughput without stopping

FeverBlock enables no-sense temperature measurement of multiple people at the same time. People do not have to stop and wait. The throughput is high, with more than 120 persons per minute. Measuring from a safe distance from 1m to 5m and no contact temperature measurement ensures extremely low risk of disease infection.


Accurate automatic temperature calibration

Automatic temperature calibration according to the environment to achieve a high temperature measurement accuracy of ± 0.3 ℃, without manual operation. Accurate automatic temperature calibration


Data Security

Alarm data traceable, provide daily temperature data statistics and efficient epidemic management. Personal information with normal temperature will not be stored.

Historical Abnormal Temperature Alarm Record



The Thermal Camera technology is now available on the smart access system.


Nuctech WePass

High compatibility: It can be integrated with information systems, CCTV systems, security equipment, etc., to realize real-time information transmission.

Body temperature measurement: It can integrate with a self-developed temperature measurement module to quickly detect body temperature of passengers.

Contraband detection: It can realize trace detection of explosives passing through.

Modular design: The system is modular designed, which can be customized according to different requirement.

Centralized remote control: Centralized remote control can be realized to facilitate operation and management to the system.

Low construction cost: Related cables can be integrated in the display screen so that to reduce on-site construction costs.


For more information contact

Michael Page

Justice and Corrections Specialist  – Australia & New Zealand

m: +61 0437 403 287

e: michaelpage@nuctech.com   |   w:www.nuctech.com




Steve Maltby

Sales Director – Australia & New Zealand

m: +61 408881099  |   t: +61 2 96622307

e: stevemaltby@nuctech.com   |   w: www.nuctech.com



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