[acrofan] Portland Barber Shop Enhances Services With Glory Star TAURI Temperature Check Tablet

Seunghee Shin

OCT. 2020

Using the patent-pending TAURI Temperature Check Tablet, Northwest Barber Association in Portland, Oregon, eliminated anxiety-inducing temperature guns and uniquely enhanced its safety protocols with the intelligent, contactless self-service solution.

Glory Star, the leading provider and manufacturer of commercial-grade tablet solutions, is helping barber shops and salons welcome back clients with worry-free, noninvasive temperature scans. Using the patent-pending TAURI Temperature Check Tablet, Northwest Barber Association in Portland, Oregon, eliminated anxiety-inducing temperature guns and uniquely enhanced its safety protocols with the intelligent, contactless self-service solution.

"Like many small businesses, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've had to rely on a temperature gun to scan our clients," said Cory Lee, barber and co-owner of Northwest Barber Association. "However, we have a lot of customers who have mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Using a temperature gun raised their anxiety level. We're in the business of self-care and helping people feel good about themselves. With TAURI, we're able to provide a safe, comfortable experience without interrupting the flow of business."

Prior to installing the TAURI, when a patron walked into Northwest Barber Association, staff had to interrupt service to a client already in a chair, disinfect their hands and the temperature gun, and check the temperature of the new arrival. Now, guests simply walk up to the screen and it immediately scans their temperature, completely contact free. TAURI features a professional, high-quality infrared sensor that immediately detects and issues an alert when a person is running a temperature and, therefore, should leave the premises. The system has different chimes and messages depending upon the person's temperature. If a fever is detected, owners can customize the message according to their response plan. For example, it might read "Please wait for one of our barbers or service providers."

TAURI combines a best-in-class sensor and body heat algorithm for fast temperature accuracy with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (+/- 0.3 degrees Celsius) and a refresh rate of 64Hz. Based on a vast amount of biological and environmental factors that can impact temperature data, the system's self-calibration feature automatically attunes to the environment of the room. Guests are scanned in three seconds and from up to 3 feet away, providing an efficient process.

TAURI is available in 7-inch, 10.5-inch, 15.6-inch, and 21.5-inch models and can be deployed anywhere using Glory Star's VESA standard wall mounts, desktop mounts, or floor stands, which are available as options. Each tablet is embedded with the TAURI Application, which immediately launches upon start-up. Northwest Barber Association was able to set it up in minutes using the clear and simple interactive user interface. It also has intelligent features, such as face detection and optional face recognition. The company's team of engineers continuously writes free firmware over-the-air updates, which add new tools to address arising concerns and recommendations.

To provide greater ROI, TAURI is also designed as both an immediate and long-term communications tool. When not being used to scan customers, it doubles as a contact-free, affordable digital signage screen. Businesses can run their own advertising or feature their products and services.

"Barber shops and hair salons are in a unique position to help customers feel safe in resuming their self-care regimen," said Cindy Cheung, chief commercial officer of Glory Star. "Northwest Barber Association is a great example of how community businesses can reopen while keeping physical health, safety, and mental health in mind."

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