SoFi is committed to fighting racism, standing in solidarity with all of our communities, providing space for open dialogue,
as well as taking action as informed allies. We are donating $1 million to organizations that empower people of color and their allies.

chalk art charts

Demand for Thermal Cameras Reaching a Fever Pitch



The Thermal Imaging Industry is Heating Up

Businesses are beginning to discuss how to reopen after COVID-19. However, in order to avoid a second wave of the virus, they will need to proceed with caution. Many business leaders and health experts are thinking about how to use thermal-imaging equipment to keep customers and employees safe and healthy as the world eases back into normalcy.

Fevers are a common symptom of COVID-19. Thermal cameras would be able to detect if a person had a fever before they entered crowded locations where infections could spread. Just like metal detectors are fixtures at airports, concerts, and museums, thermal cameras could become a part of daily life.

Amazon (AMZN) is planning to install the technology in its warehouses as well as in Whole Foods stores. General Motors (GM), among other car manufacturers, are also discussing how to implement thermal scanners. These companies have not announced who will supply their thermal cameras, but Flir (FLIR) (a company that manufactures the equipment) saw stocks jump by 16% on Monday as investors anticipate a wave of demand for the company’s products.

Heated Debates

While thermal scanners could be a crucial part of reopening the economy, some have voiced concerns. Companies are scrambling to implement thermal scanning systems, but several groups are encouraging them to do so thoughtfully to avoid creating problems down the road.

Some privacy activists see thermal cameras as invasive. Civil liberties advocates have brought up the importance of eliminating biases from the process of screening people before they enter crowded places, and worry that more screening could mean more discrimination.

Health experts have noted that some people have naturally high body temperatures for reasons unrelated to an infectious disease, and should not be stopped from entering venues because of this. On the other hand, some people who could carry infections are asymptomatic and would not have fevers, so thermal scanning technology will need to be coupled with other methods of keeping people safe.

Thermal Scanners Will Be a Hot Commodity

Before coronavirus, thermal scanner companies mainly supplied equipment to the military and the government. When the global economy kicks back into gear and people gather in large groups again, thermal cameras will likely be much more prevalent.

Athena, an Austin-based startup which created thermal imaging technology to detect guns under clothing is also at work filling skyrocketing demand for fever-detecting systems. Athena Co-Founder, Chris Ciabarra, explained the importance of this technology for a return back to normalcy, saying, “Having a system in place to tell if someone has a fever or not is going to help them go back into society and be comfortable sitting at a restaurant again, knowing that no one there has a fever.”


Please understand that this information provided is general in nature and shouldn’t be construed as a recommendation or solicitation of any products offered by SoFi’s affiliates and subsidiaries. In addition, this information is by no means meant to provide investment or financial advice, nor is it intended to serve as the basis for any investment decision or recommendation to buy or sell any asset. Keep in mind that investing involves risk, and past performance of an asset never guarantees future results or returns. It’s important for investors to consider their specific financial needs, goals, and risk profile before making an investment decision.
The information and analysis provided through hyperlinks to third party websites, while believed to be accurate, cannot be guaranteed by SoFi. These links are provided for informational purposes and should not be viewed as an endorsement. No brands or products mentioned are affiliated with SoFi, nor do they endorse or sponsor this content.
Communication of SoFi Wealth LLC an SEC Registered Investment Advisor
SoFi isn’t recommending and is not affiliated with the brands or companies displayed. Brands displayed neither endorse or sponsor this article. Third party trademarks and service marks referenced are property of their respective owners.
SOSS42303


ABOUT SoFi SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing, and protecting give our more than one million members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious people. For more information, visit SoFi.com. Want an easy and convenient way to manage your financial life? Get the SoFi app. For iOS and Android.


TLS 1.2 Encrypted
Equal Housing Lender