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AI Thermal Scanner

Innovative response

SPOTON is an AI powered thermal scanner developed by GovTech in 5 days. SPOTON is built with a complete long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera module that is integrated with RGB camera. It is being progressively deployed to Government Buildings and community facilities. SPOTON was built with the use of affordable hardware and powederd by advanced AI face detection capability that detects only human faces and gives instant readings of up to 10 faces at once. It is easy to use and set up, and is also safe as it minimises human contact and gives automated alerts with no need for an operator to be stationed in front of the camera.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

The need for mass deployment of thermal scanners to detect febrile members of the population while keeping operational costs low (cost of thermal scanning and operator).

Organisations/institutions involved

Government Technology Agency of Singapore

Potential issues

We faced very tight time constraints. Also had limited manpower where a team of 4 got this up and running in 5 days. Getting hold of the sensors and cameras were also not easy since we had to work on various paperwork to justify the development. That was an impact on the pace of our development.

Level(s) of government:
  • National/Federal government

Issues being addressed:

  • Real-time data collection, sharing, and analysis

Response contact:

[email protected]

Date Submitted:

29 April 2020