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IFSP creates body temperature assessor to control Covid-19

Conif selects the Campus Campinas project that collaborates with the pandemic

  • Published: Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 09h49
  • Last updated on Tuesday 09 June 2020, 16:40

A Campinas Campus project was approved by a notice from Conif (National Council of Institutions of the Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education) that selects research and / or extension proposals related to the demands related to Covid-19. 

Entitled “contactless body temperature assessor for access control to institutions with a cloud record”, the project aims to develop equipment that performs temperature measurement at a distance of 50 centimeters from the user, providing visual and audible signaling in front of of the changed temperature. 

Prototype sketch


The data (temperature, location, date and time of the measurement) will be stored on a cloud or local platform for later statistical analysis and availability for studies, explains IFSP's Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Eder Sacconi. 

Professor João Alexandre Bortoloti, a member of the research group, explains that 33 prototypes of the portable equipment will be developed, which will consist of a microcontroller, WIFI module, non-contact temperature sensor, power source, rechargeable battery (optional), structure plastic in PLA or ABS, plastic box, buzzer and Oled display. The data will be stored on an IoT platform or in local memory. The first prototype is scheduled for the end of July. 

Professors Edson (left) and João


The prototypes will be distributed on the IFSP campuses, where it is estimated that more than 40 thousand students will be monitored, in addition to the institution's servers and visitors. According to the professor, the installation location of the device depends on the infrastructure of each campus, which measurement strategy will be used and how much equipment per unit will be installed. 

When a temperature outside the pre-established standard is identified, an audible and visual alarm will be activated. In remote monitoring models, the coordination responsible for access will also be informed via cell phone. The procedure for referring the student, server or visitor with a change in temperature will be defined by each campus.

Professors Edson and Daltamir


Thus, it is expected that the equipment will assist in the identification of a possible dissemination focus for COVID-19. “Thus, it is possible to minimize the spread of the virus and make the individual's referral as short as possible for a medical consultation”, evaluates Alexandre.

The research group will count with the participation of four students from the Industrial Electronics Technology and Electronics Technician courses to be selected and from professors Edson Duarte and Daltamir Maia, in addition to João Bortoloti. 

At the moment, the project is in the pre-production phase, awaiting the release of resources through the Secretariat of Professional and Technological Education (Setec) to start the elaboration of prototypes, which must be completed in four months (from the beginning of the works).

Conif Notice

O Notice no. 01/2020 Conif (National Council of Institutions of the Federal Network of Professional, Scientific and Technological Education) aims at research and / or extension proposals that can give a short-term return to the demands related to Covid-19. 

The projects supported by this Call for Proposals propose innovative solutions aimed at producing: a) equipment and devices for the treatment and diagnosis of Covid-19; b) technologies for the improvement of SUS information, access, reception, assistance and management services, proposing innovations for the organization of health services and units; c) innovative technologies to solve the difficulty of access to food, social isolation, emotional problems, logistics, online education, communication, among others, proposing solutions to the consequences of the social and economic impacts resulting from the pandemic; d) Development of on-site monitoring and screening equipment; sorting aid equipment; development of innovative solutions with Personal Protective Equipment - EPI / Collective Protection Equipment - EPC.

The approved proposals must comply with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, Health Surveillance and other bodies, in order to safeguard the health of all those involved, with mandatory purchase / use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for face-to-face activities, and also, respect the measures of urban mobility, sanitary and epidemiological conditions established by federal, state and / or municipal authorities. 

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