PRG announced on June 17 SmartXcan, a temperature scanner that can be installed in venues, convention centers and office spaces, scanning up to 700 individuals per hour.
SmartXcan offers hands-free scanning of a person’s body temperature, then quickly provides a green or red light that identifies whether the individual’s body temperature is within a safe range to enter the building.
The technology can be implemented with wheeled pedestals, kiosks, countertops, or with built-in turnstiles, all of which can be purchased or rented. A demonstration of how SmartXcan works can be found here.
Mark Peterson of PRG Scenic Technologies said SmartXcan uses a diagnostic tool that measures temperature in the sinus cavity and behind the eyes in .6 seconds. This fever-scanning technology was originally developed by German security company Kentix and its implementation with PRG meets all FDA requirements for safety and performance, as well as HIPAA standards and is compliant with all DSGVO privacy laws.
“With our businesses in concerts and festivals, Broadway, sports events and corporate events, we’ve gained a unique understanding of the places where people gather,” PRG Chairman and CEO Jere Harris said in a statement. “With SmartXcan, we are applying that knowledge to help businesses, schools and government facilities reopen in a way that inspires confidence and trust.”
PRG is a leader in the production world and several months ago signed on as part of the Live Events Coalition, which is lobbying congress to provide additional relief to live event and production companies that have been largely shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jere Harris spoke with Pollstar in April, saying the production industry stands ready to help with whatever the needs are to fight the coronavirus pandemic and aid in the recovery.
“I think PRG and our industry as a whole, we are a creative industry,” Harris said. “In a time of crisis, we can be creative, whether it’s PRG or XYZ. We are creative people and we respond to crisis. Production is always in crisis. We can adapt to this.”