student in international business management , University of Sydney

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Thermal infrared camera in malls detecting body temperatures to figure out how much air conditioned is needed and study shopping behaviours

The idea is to install fisheye thermal infrared cameras in malls (or airports...) that, by detecting people's body temperatures, could provide information about:
1) the exact air conditioner that is needed, hence allowing for an optimized energy waste and a lower energy bill
2) the number of adults and children in the mall and their preferred paths and shops... This could be useful to optimize the mall space as a whole and to provide relevant market info to the stores.

We thought about main malls implementing this system and offering such information to its stores, in exchange for an increased rent.

What do you think of this idea? Please help us!

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    Aug 7 2013: Using energy to save energy is a paradox. Yes, the idea can be put to energy deficient countries if it is renewable and low cost. Why do you need infrared cameras when the primary purpose of temperature is being detected by heat sensors? If you are thinking of accuracy, there are such detectors which run for slightest change in temperature, but the cost of accuracy puts pressure on energy.
    Few months back we calculated such project with 5 years pay back period. We used temperatures of air conditioners to operate thermal sensor to store energy for back up.
    I may suggest that you need to check the energy requirement of recording thermal images and calculating the costs of processing these images. A middle way would be an ideal innovation, if you develop a process of using information from simple sensors and security cameras to serve your primary purposes. You need to check local regulations for disclosure of information to any one.
  • Aug 7 2013: Couldn't the cameras also detect if someone were sick? Would this be useful in a pandemic?
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    Aug 6 2013: My local supermarket uses just such sensors to indicate how many customers are waiting in line at the check-outs.