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Paolino Properties Utilizing Thermal Scan Technology at 100 Westminster Street

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Providence, RI – Paolino Properties has partnered with Seek Thermal, a leading provider of high-performance thermal imaging products. Their downtown property, 100 Westminster Street, will be an early adopter of Seek Scan™, a thermal imaging system designed to automate body temperature screening using skin temperature as a proxy.

Seek Scan’s patent-pending technology enables users to quickly and non-invasively scan individuals entering a building with a thermal camera. The system will then display an alert if someone reads warmer than the customizable alarm temperature.

“There is nothing more important to me right now than protecting the health of our tenants, essential employees, and members of the public who interact with us,” said Joseph R. Paolino Jr., Managing Partner at Paolino Properties. “This cutting-edge thermal imaging system will enable us to safely scan anybody entering our building for an elevated temperature while still observing social distancing practices. We are excited to be on the forefront of implementing this new technology.”

Seek Scan thermal cameras can be installed and operational within minutes and placed in lobbies, hallways or other key areas of entry within buildings. They are able to measure the skin temperature of any individual through a comparison of their face’s external temperature – a reliable spot to measure surface body temperature – with a fixed heat source also in the camera’s view. The system immediately alerts the operator if the individual scanned has a temperature above a customizable threshold.

“We are excited Paolino Properties has partnered with us to be one of the first commercial office buildings in the country to use Seek Scan,” said Jeff Karlson, Vice President of Product & Marketing for Seek Thermal, and a Brown University alumnus. “We have shipped over a thousand units in the last two weeks and have a growing backlog in the tens of thousands. We are ramping up production and in position to fulfill this in May as we continue to get more interest in the product.”

“Currently, other forward-thinking customers utilizing Seek Scan include manufacturing facilities, food distribution centers and government buildings,” Karlson continued. “However, we expect to see many more commercial properties such as office buildings, restaurants and hotels adopt this technology in the immediate future. For buildings with significant foot traffic, it is an intuitive and low-cost solution which can help establish peace of mind relative to our safety and wellness.”

It is important to note Seek Scan is a pre-screening device – not a medical device – and will not be used in lieu of social distancing, face mask protection, or any other measures that state and health officials recommend. Paolino Properties is finalizing a standard set of protocols for subsequent steps that are to be taken when somebody entering the 100 Westminster Street building triggers a high-temperature alert.

“I am grateful to Seek Thermal for how easy it has been to learn about and acquire this wonderful new system,” Paolino said. “It is critical to explore new ways to safeguard our tenants so that we can begin to reopen our economy when it is safe to do so.”

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