Soter Technologies’ team of engineers and medical advisors have created technology designed to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and other illnesses, and to aid in the re-opening of the economy. Soter Technologies has developed the SymptomSense Medical Evaluation Gateway, a non-invasive walk-through electronic full-body symptom scanner designed to detect symptoms of known illness in less than 10 seconds.
SymptomSense, now moving into production phase, is an electronic walk-through full-body health scanner that looks similar to metal detectors used at security checkpoints of airports. Similar to the rapid evaluation that an individual would receive at a hospital emergency room
SymptomSense uses an array of sensors to provide a rapid, non-invasive, hands-free approach for gaining important real-time vital signs, including blood oxygen levels, external body temperature within 0.2 degrees of accuracy (Celsius), elevated heart rate, respiration rate, shortness of breath, lung congestion, height, weight and, in the future, non-contact blood pressure. Within seconds the SymptomSense device provides health status with clear messaging and indicators for screening staff, and, in the future, data mapping of alerts to an electronic system-of-records that can be shared with authorities as may be required per local laws and ordinances, the company said.
The development and beta testing of prototypes started in late 2019 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China. The company formed an advisory board of doctors, scientists, and engineers that continues to work with the medical and research community to enhance the systems’ technology and capabilities. For example, SymptomSense now includes a module for weapons detection to provide property managers with an all-in-one access reassurance solution. Delivery of the first units is set for June 2020.
SymptomSense can scan approximately 1,500 people per hour and process more than 10,000 people over an eight-hour period, with zero downtime. An optional built-in facial recognition technology is available for data-mapping to government registry enabling site security personnel to track the movement of potential carriers of a virus, while protecting their privacy. This data capture and mapping capability is critical for understanding the current and predictive patterns, and trending for the spread of disease, and then helping trace back to most-current disease geo-location clustering and origin, the company said. As needed, the platform then can be linked to mobile phone “contact tracing” data, local weather data, and demographic data as may be required by government agencies.