Grafton firm develops health screening kiosk

This article appeared in the October 1, 2020 issue of the Ozaukee Press and has been reprinted with permission.


Frank Mayer unveils temperature and health kiosk to help employees return to work safely

By JOE POIRIER, Ozaukee Press staff

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. in Grafton recently developed a temperature and health-screening kiosk to help employees safely return to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Businesses are looking for safe and effective ways to maintain workplace safety,” Mike Mayer, president of Frank Mayer and Associates, said. “With the health screening and temperature kiosk, we’re providing companies with an easy way to protect employees while saving costs on other, more expensive options.”

The point of purchase company in Grafton last month unveiled the kiosk that was designed in partnership with Data Display Engineered Solutions. The kiosk screens employees and visitors through customizable health compliance questions as well as temperature testing.

“We’ve been researching solutions since early April, and we were looking for a partner that could meet the demands of our clients,” Senior Vice President of Sales David Anzia said, noting the company has partnered with Data Display Engineered Solutions on projects for the past decade.

“We don’t see this as the only step in the process in bringing employees safely back to work, but it’s definitely part of it, and it gives people the comfort of knowing that they passed the test and their fellow associates are going through the same test and steps to keep themselves safe and everyone in the company.”

Integrated Marketing Manager Cheryl Lesniak said the kiosk is designed to help companies in industries such as manufacturing, food processing, education, fitness and assisted living. She said the kiosk allows businesses to conduct health screenings without having additional people on site, which helps save on costs.

Lesniak also said the kiosk securely stores compliance data and results are sent to a remote content manager for employee confidentiality.

“It is confidential. A lot of other screeners you walk up to have a big red ‘X’ or a big green ‘Go,’” she said, noting all Frank Mayer and Associates employees are screened when they enter the building. “I don’t know if I would like to be standing in front of that. I would rather have that happen discreetly.”

Anzia said the kiosk can keep track of where employees are in a facility through the use of key fobs or ID cards, which aids in contract tracing in the event a person becomes ill.

“Those analytics are available in real-time to HR departments, so they can access who is in front of the kiosk taking the screening and who is passing and failing the test on a daily basis,” he said.

Anzia said there are more than a dozen companies designing similar technology, but the kiosk made by Frank Mayer and Associates allows for modified compliance questions and temperature thresholds, along with customized signage on the display screen and discreet messaging if an employee doesn’t pass the screening.

“There is a lot of competition in the marketplace and there are a lot of solutions out there. The back-end support is really important because there are a number of products out there that do a pass-fail as an employee or customer is walking up, but that information is not forwarded to anyone else,” he said. “Technically, those companies still need an employee monitoring if people pass or fail (the test). This solution is contactless, and you don’t need that additional person on site.”

The kiosk also disperses hand sanitizer that must be used to access the touch screen. Lesniak said the kiosk holds enough hand sanitizer for as many as 1,200 uses.

After the pandemic subsides, Lesniak said, the kiosk will still be a valuable resource to businesses as they promote employee wellness.

“Hopefully, we won’t be taking your temperature forever, and we are looking at the sustainability of the kiosk after that,” she said. “I don’t think the hand sanitizer is ever going to go away. That feature will always be there.”

Lesniak said there are a number of companies interested in purchasing the kiosk, including school districts and Fortune 500 companies. The kiosk costs about $3,000 with an additional $300 per year for software services.

Frank Mayer and Associates previously developed a kiosk with Pursuant Health that checks blood pressure, body mass and weight that is used at retail stores.

“That’s a class-2 medical device, but this new kiosk is not a medical device. It’s part of the mitigation process, but it doesn’t replace someone going to the doctor,” Anzia said. “This doesn’t take over for social distancing or anything like that, but we feel this is a step in the right direction to help people feel safe going back to work.”

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