HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

GovTech licenses mass thermal scanner software for SMEs, NGO

The software runs on deep learning and low-cost off-the-shelf hardware.

Singapore's Government Technology Agency (GovTech) has licensed the software for the SPOTON smart thermal scanner it developed to three Singapore-based SMEs and one non-profit organisation, the agency said in a press release.

It will be distributed by ADERA Global, Scanmed Technology (Singapore), SmartScan Machine Pte, and Extra Ordinary People.

Under the licensing agreement for the SPOTON software, GovTech will provide the SPOTON version 1.0 software for free, and provide training and technical support to the four distributors.

In turn, the distributors will purchase the necessary hardware, hire their own staff to assemble the thermal scanners and provide after-sales support to their customers. The distributors will also set their own selling prices with compliance to GovTech’s requirements for the hardware used in the assembly.

SPOTON is a smart thermal scanner for mass temperature screening, first developed by GovTech’s Smart Nation Platform Solutions (SNPS) team in February. It can screen up to 10 people at any one time with an accuracy of ±0.3-0.5°C in both indoor and outdoor environments. SPOTON’s accuracy range in temperature sensing was verified in calibration tests conducted with the National Metrology Centre (NMC).

GovTech also shared that it is currently working on a second version of the SPOTON software that will include more advanced features such as pose recognition, heart rate and oxygen saturation measurements. This version is expected to be ready in Q1 2021.

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