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Using CARES Act Funding to Automate Temperature Screening

There is provision in the CARES ACT that allows state, local, and tribal governments as well as K-12 and higher education to deploy smart assistive technology to help protect the health and well-being of their citizens. Governmental, K-12 and higher education entities are permitted to allocate funds to invest in technology which helps mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in buildings and other facilities – and CAN-AM AARTSS, an innovative, touchless health screening kiosk, may be part of the solution. It is possible that this purchase can be fully or partially funded through CARES Act Funds.

“The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)” stated the Department of the Treasury.

Specifically, eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to COVID-19-related public health expenses such as:

  • Technical assistance to education, local authorities or other entities on mitigation of COVID-19-related threats to public health and safety (including contact tracing technology)
  • COVID-19-related expenses of maintaining and mitigating risks in school, higher education, state prisons and county jails
  • Any other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government that satisfy the fund’s eligibility criteria

CAN-AM AARTSS uses AI-Assisted thermography cameras to quickly assess temperature at the multiple locations within the forehead to provide the fastest and most accurate body temperature in any environment. The technology can provide a facility’s first line of defense against COVID-19. Because of that it may qualify as a necessary expenditure.

Avoid Banned Technology

While some companies rushed to purchase thermal cameras to identify and screen people with fevers to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, many of those solutions are manufactured overseas and may not be eligible for the use of CARES Act funds. Specifically, according to IPVM, recently “the White House expanded the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) to blacklist anyone who “uses” banned Hikvision/Dahua/Huawei HiSilicon equipment from participating in any federally-funded contracts, regardless of whether the contract involves banned equipment and regardless of the entity spending the federal funds.” Put another way, not only could purchases of cameras or other technology from these named companies be ineligible for CARES funding, the very purchase of them could also have the repercussion of disqualifying buyers from other federal funds, as well.

Fortunately, CAN-AM equipment, AARTSS, is proudly assembled/configured in the USA. Therefore, it qualifies for CARES Act funding, making it an ideal health and safety solution which, in effect, pays for itself.

About CAN-AM Automated AI Rapid Temperature Screening Station

CAN-AM  AARTSS (Automated AI Rapid Temperature Screening Station) is a stand-alone, contact-free kiosk that, when set up in the entranceway(s) of any building or indoor environment, can quickly and accurately take the temperature of everyone seeking to enter. Using large thermographic technology, AARTSS automatically can identify anyone who has a fever within 0.05 second to help mitigate the spread of the virus by screening out potentially infected individuals up to 2400 people per hour.

AARTSS Kiosks enable government organizations – as well as businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities – to avoid the slow and risky process of manually screening entrants. It also has a facial identification feature, so it can work in conjunction with an employee badge or government ID, to instantly collect and store data, such as how many people were screened, each individual’s name, their temperature, and the screening date, time, and location. A printing label can be produced for every scan, and email/SMS alert notification can be sent to the Human Resource manager. This data can help prove that government facilities are following recommended safety protocols and can be invaluable support in case of litigation.

CAN-AM AARTSS can make an immediate impact by efficiently processing health screening data at any secure entry and/or exit point of your government agency and the constituents you serve, all while being CARES Act eligible. To learn more about all CAN-AM has to offer, visit our website or contact us. Of course, we ask every governmental agency or municipality to seek legal counsel as to their particular eligibility given their past participation in CARES Act Funding.

To learn more about how CAN-AM AARTSS can help your organization create peace of mind for your employees and visitors, contact sales@canamwireless.com.

 

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