ADDISON (WBAP/KLIF)- An Addison-based company says its technology could help to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The WelloStation device scans your face to determine if you have a fever, without having to touch you. “It’s completely automated like the ticketing systems at the airport and it’s artificial intelligence so it gives you a voice prompt, takes 2-3 seconds and reads your core body temperature,” said Wello CEO Rik Heller. “It’s used with infrared sensory measurement on a very specific spot on your forehead..it’s FDA cleared class 2 which is a big deal for us,” Heller said. He notes that a fever is the first sign of contagiousness.
After your temperature is read, it will print out a ‘well being’ sticker to show you have been cleared. It has your picture, date and time on the sticker.
Heller says he’s reaching out to DFW Airport on having these machines in place at border patrol, ticketing station and even food courts. He said passengers can put the sticker on their boarding passes to let security know they are safe to travel or to enter the U.S.
“We figured this out after Singapore literally cured SARS in 2003 and this is the way they did it…they screened people at the border, schools and hospitals,” he said.
Heller said DFW hasn’t responded yet but the airport is working with the CDC to initiate enhanced screenings for passengers on international flights.
The same company sent Wello devices to the Southern Border in July to check detainees.