The Turing Shield: Helping Universities Reopen with Confidence

There is a general consensus that our colleges and universities should reopen but there is an even stronger consensus that we need to do so as safely as possible.

How can our colleges and universities rebound from last spring’s campus closures and find innovative ways to educate while keeping health, wellness, and equity as the center of every decision?

That is not a simple question — and there are no simple answers. While technology has made the challenge far easier, there is no absolutely perfect solution that eliminates all risk.

Although young people certainly fare better than older people after contracting the virus (they are 220 times less likely to die of COVID than the average 80-year-old, for example), there are still risks. These risks are highlighted by the recent death of a 19-year-old student at Appalachian State in North Carolina, reportedly from COVID-19.

The reality is that we must find a way to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on college campuses.

“How can our colleges and universities find innovative ways to educate while keeping health, wellness, and equity as the center of every decision?”

How to Responsibly Reopen Universities?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a set of recommendations called Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC’s Considerations. Specific suggestions include increasing air ventilation, spacing desks six feet apart and encouraging sick people to stay home.

The good news is that technology has made it easier than ever to identify potential illnesses with the least disruption possible to the learning environment.

How the Turing Shield Protects Universities and Colleges

From the classroom to the auditorium, the Turing Shield allows college and universities to open with confidence and peace of mind.

The Turing Shield works by combining enterprise-grade artificial intelligence-powered non-contact body temperature thermal scanners with a highly secure cloud-based data management platform. It sounds complicated (and the technology behind it certainly is), but the Turing Shield is remarkably simple to use and operate.

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Let’s take a hypothetical look at how it works on a college campus.

Emma has a biology lab at 10 a.m. Before entering the building, she takes out her smartphone and completes a quick health screening questionnaire that’s based on CDC guidelines to identify possible COVID-19 cases.

She’s asked if she’s experienced a fever, chills, diarrhea or vomiting in the last 24 hours, as well as several other key questions. When she’s done — in about 30 seconds — a QR code appears on her screen.

Upon entering the building, she walks over to the Turing Shield and scans this QR code. The Turing Shield then uses an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm pinpoints the exact spot on Emma’s forehead where temperature reading yields the highest accuracy. Finally, the scanner triangulates its built-in thermal sensor onto the forehead location to collect Emma’s forehead temperature. At the same time the temperature is being checked, the Turing Shield is checking if Emma is wearing a mask.

The results, which comply with the standards set by U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC regulations, are highly accurate and take less than a half-second to appear. If Emma clears these health checks, the Turning Shield generates a badge which she wears to indicate it’s safe for her to go to class.

“Turing Shield allows colleges and universities to open with confidence and peace of mind.”

Should Emma test positive for COVID-19 at a later date, the Turing Shield kicks into gear once again by enabling fast and efficient protocol response. Turing Shield’s centralized platform can provide alerts, notifications and overall statistics to assist with protocol response.

Key Features of the Turing Shield

The Turing Shield offers a number of features that make it both easy to use and effective, including:

  • Easy setup featuring a simple “plug and play” design
  • Available in single-person model
  • Real-time alerts and notifications, covering both on campus and off
  • Centralized monitoring of hundreds of scanners across all locations
  • Uses the Enterprise Class Linux operating system, which is regarded by experts as one of the most-secure operating systems available today
  • Naturally blends in with the aesthetics and design of the building
  • Enables contact tracing with intelligent face search video analytics
  • Compatible with all existing commercial-grade cameras

Already, the Turing Shield is being used at more than 1,000 businesses and institutions across the country, including the City of Buffalo, Success Education Colleges, Mattel, and Coca-Cola.

The Turing Shield makes it possible to continue learning in the midst of this pandemic — but in the safest way possible and with the least disruption to your campus. Contact us today or check out a demo to see how the Turing Shield can help safeguard your college or university, making it possible, once again, for young people to dream, work hard, and achieve their goals.

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