Identiv Introduces NFC-Enabled Body Temperature Monitoring Patch

The new adhesive solution can be used by healthcare workers for monitoring body temperatures of patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

FREMONT, Calif. — Identiv, a physical security and secure identification provider, has developed a body temperature measurement patch to support the reopening of public spaces and help keep attendees and employees comfortable, confident and safe, the company says.

The company says its product also supports global governments and healthcare workers that need to periodically monitor quarantined patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

The new solution uses a near field communication (NFC)-enabled transponder to instantly send temperature readings to NFC-enabled smartphones.

The body temperature measurement patch is most accurately read when applied under the upper arm and is currently being tested on other areas of the body, according to the company. The solution features skin-friendly adhesive and can be worn for multiple days. The positioning of the patch is said to allow temperature measurement close to the body yet keep the readout as simple as possible.

“Besides incredibly uncomfortable nose swabs, there are no safety indicators adoptable by large public venues except temperature readings,” says Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and GM, Identity. “In order to support the safest possible reopening of these spaces — in the most practical, scalable way — Identiv has developed passive body patches, and samples are immediately available.”

For clinical-grade applications, Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch can be combined with a high-accuracy temperature sensor, which follows the ASTM E1112 Standard for Electronic Thermometers for Intermittent Determination of Patient Temperature, according to the company.

For those who need to track body temperatures over a longer period of time without tapping, Identiv has made available an active battery version. Attached to the body, it can track temperature measurements over multiple days and store the data in the Cloud or in an offline application.

Global governments and healthcare workers can utilize either the passive or active version of Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch for quarantined citizens, employees, or patients testing positive for COVID-19.

Monitored via the Cloud, temperature measurements can be assessed without sending someone to take a reading in-person. However, if a patient’s condition suddenly grows worse, healthcare personnel can be immediately alerted.

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