TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa Bay man developed a device that can be used to notify a person when they have a fever.
Randy Kane and Craig Goldstein developed a temperature alarm device called the “TAD”. The device measures a person’s skin temperature every 15 minutes.
“What makes TAD so unique is that no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is connected to TAD. This is a convenient and workable way to visually and continuously monitor an employee’s or student’s temperature without invading their privacy, ensuring the comfort and safety of those around the person wearing the device, ”said Randy Kane.
Kane said his cousin Jeff Rose came up with the idea for the device in May.
“His initial thought was why no one could come up with one of those Armstrong bracelets and put a thermometer in it, and that’s where it started,” said Kane.
Kane and Goldstein brought the product to market. TAD is not a smartwatch or a medical device. It’s a wearable bracelet that stays lit in three colors: green, amber, and red.
“So if your temperature range is normal, it’ll stay green,” said Kane.
The device warns the person when their temperature is increased.
“The average company only measures the temperature when an employee comes to work and what if that employee could have had a Tylenol or Motrin or something before they walked in and that temperature would naturally drop,” said Kane.
Port Tampa Bay employees recently started carrying the equipment to work.
“When I saw the TAD, which is a temperature alarm device, I said it was technology that people with Apple watches, Fitbits, are wearing. It’s very similar,” said Paul Anderson, CEO and President of Port Tampa Bay.
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port. During the past week, fresh products, consumer goods and important goods were transported through the port. Employees are considered “essential”.
“We bring the goods everyone uses out there every day, starting with gasoline. All the goods you can find in stores, so it was really important that we were open to business. Our staff worked around the clock,” said Anderson.
Dr. Julian Trivino, a board certified emergency medical practitioner in Orlando, also worked with Kane.
“Being able to recognize early temperature changes can save lives and ensure the safety of our fellow human beings,” said Dr. Trivino.
Anderson said the device doesn’t replace temperature tests at Port Tampa Bay, but it’s another tool to help keep staff safe.
“We thought this was just a very inexpensive way to improve our work. It’s another tool in the toolbox,” said Anderson.
Further information on TAD can be found at: https://www.tadsafe.com/