BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — John Harnage, founder of the Kentucky Thermal Institute, like many other small busy owners, worried about the fallout his business would suffer because of the coronavirus. However, receiving personal protective equipment (PPE) and a small business loan, Harnage didn’t worry for long. Originally specializing in thermal imaging to find issues with electrical wiring, energy use, and insulation, he began thinking of ways he could use thermal technology to profit in a time where thermal body heat was a key identifier of health. 

In March, Harnage started outlining how his body temperature system could be used by the military, in malls, airports, schools, and other areas. He also started the process of securing the parts he would need for the project. 

“This is going to be one more layer of security where you’ve had your temperature checked and at least you know the person sitting next to you because those seats can get a little tight, that they don’t have a fever,” says Harnage. 

The elevated body temperature system would use video and thermal recognition that could track the body heat of one or more people. Harnage recently received updated research and information from the FDA and feels they’re on the right track. 

“The FDA is starting to push things forward, they’re doing their research, they’re releasing documents that are supporting absolutely everything we’ve been telling our clients,” says Harnage. 

The launch of the elevated body temperature system will also come with an education course through Western Kentucky University. Almost anyone from security guards to nurses can choose to go through the three levels of certification to use, police, and engage with the technology. 

“This type of training is something that can literally anyone around the world will want to take or could take. So even if you’re operating this system as a security guard in France, there’d be an opportunity for you to take an online certificate course from an American university,” says Harnage. 

The Kentucky Thermal Institute will hold a demonstration in June showcasing how the elevated body temperature system could work for both big and small businesses.