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Jack Richardson

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the installation of its EST™ screening system at the Pentagon Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. today. The company’s integrated EST screening solution, the A700 EST-IS, features the FLIR A700 thermal imaging camera and is being used to screen visitors for elevated or higher than expected skin temperatures, which can help guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The installation of the system at the Pentagon is one of many efforts FLIR is currently discussing with US Department of Defence officials for applications across the armed services. The news follows statements made by FLIR President and CEO Jim Cannon on a recent earnings call that the company booked roughly US$100m in new EST business in the first quarter of 2020.


For applications in public buildings, hospitals, airports, schools, sports venues or manufacturing, FLIR Systems’ EST cameras can be a first line of defence in managing the risks associated with a global pandemic. These groups and others are using FLIR thermal imaging cameras and software for the initial screening needed to help detect people with signs of elevated skin temperature. Once identified, those individuals can be checked with a medical device to determine if they have a fever, one of the symptoms of coronavirus or another flu infection. 

General Motors also announced recently that it will use FLIR cameras at many of its sites to screen workers in an effort to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

To learn more about FLIR’s EST thermal camera screening solutions, please visit