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With all of the uncertainty that is going on in the world right now regarding COVID-19, one of the many things that most of us can agree on is the common symptom of a fever. However, with many people worried about the coronavirus, any slight change in body temperature can spark worries of a positive infection. So, what temperature is considered a fever and when is should people begin to seek medical advice? Let's find out.

What Temperature is a Fever


The Body's Temperature 

The human body acts the same way as a furnace, constantly emitting heat, which is needed to keep you alive. However, when your body begins to give out a little more or a little less heat than usual, it's usually trying to tell us that something is wrong. 

Normal Range 

The 'normal' body temperature for humans is not always the same. Often, there could be a whole degree difference between one person and another. Traditionally, the set standard for the human body temperature was set at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) way back in the 19th century, since then things have changed slightly with more recent studies showing the human temperature at around 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.7 degrees Celsius). 

For a typical adult, body temperature can be anywhere between 97-99 F (36.1-37.2 C), with babies and children possessing a slightly higher range of 98-100 F (36.7-37.8 C). Your body's temperature doesn't stay the same all day and it will change throughout your life too. The kinds of things that can affect the temperature of your body are:

  • Your activity levels
  • Your sex
  • Your age 
  • The time of day 
  • The food or drink you've consumed 

The temperature of your body can also differ depending on where it is taken. For example, underarm measurements can be a whole degree lower the temperature recorded from your mouth and rectal measurements can be up to a degree higher than mouth readings. Any reading that is higher than your normal range is considered to be a fever.



If you're asking yourself 'what temperature is a fever?' the answer is often anything above 100.4 F (38 C). Here, you are likely to start experiencing several symptoms including feeling terrible but a fever isn't always bad for you. It's often a sign that your body is doing exactly what it should be doing when germs start to invade, it is fighting them off. If, however, you begin to experience temperatures of 103 F (39.4 C) or higher, if you've had a fever for more than three days or if you start to experience symptoms such as chest pain, vomiting, rashes and headaches then it's sensible to get in touch with your doctor

In the case children, fevers are a little more complicated. Get in touch with a paediatrician if your child:

  • Younger than three months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher 
  • Between three months and three years and has a rectal temperature of 102 F (38.9) or higher 
  • Older than three and has an oral temperature of above 103 F (39.4)
  • Between 3-6 months and is fussier than usual along with a high temperature


Treating a Fever

In general, a slightly higher temperature isn't always a cause for concern. Adults experiencing fevers up to 102 F (38.9 C) should rest and take on plenty of fluids. However, with fevers above 102 F, ibuprofen and aspirin can be used to reduce the fever. If it doesn't respond to the medication or is higher than 103 F (39.4 C), medical attention may be required. 

In terms of COVID-19, your temperature alone will not tell if you are infected but a high fever is accepted as one of the common symptoms. Therefore, it is important to regularly check your temperature to see if you are displaying a 'higher than usual' temperature. 


How IDS Can Help 

Here at IDS, we understand how worrying times like these can be, especially for businesses, big and small, that care about the health and safety of their staff, customers and visitors. To make things a little easier and to provide some peace of mind for business owners, we now offer state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras that can help track and display the temperature of any individual that enters your premises. 

Temperature measurements are accurate to within 0.5 °C, and the cameras can scan multiple people in less than 1 second. If your thermal imaging cameras detect an individual whose temperature exceeds the optimum range, an automatic alert will be generated and you can deny access or carry out a full health assessment as necessary. You can learn more about our thermal imaging cameras below. 

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If you require further information on how our thermal imaging cameras can help your business protect from potential COVID-19 infections or for more on any of our other top-of-the-range offerings, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the IDS team today.

access control benefits

Access control systems are an exemplary electronic means of restricting access to your property, be it commercial or residential. Whether you own an office and want to keep better tabs on your employees' activities, or a homeowner who's sick of the neighbour popping in for a cuppa unannounced, an access control system will be your new best friend! Let's dive straight into the 5 most notable benefits of access control systems:

1. Hard to Duplicate 

If you have a disgruntled employee (or a bitter ex), it's possible that they could duplicate your key to gain access to your property.

Rather than changing the locks, you can simply change the passcode, remove the person's biometric data and deactivate any lost/stolen keycards or fobs remotely. 

2. Multi-Location Access

For businesses like schools, offices and hospitals, access control systems allow access at multiple entrances with a single keycard or fob, meaning employees don't need to carry a huge bunch of keys.

The same applies to your home, why have a front door key, a back door key and a conservatory key when you could have an access control system to secure them all.

3. Increased Protection

If you have valuable items in your home or business, access control systems offer far better protection than standard doors.

On the off chance that someone with authorised access decides to take advantage of the access control system, you'll be able to determine exactly who it was by logging into the access control network.

If you want to add yet another layer of protection, why not add a CCTV system too?

4. Simplify the in-&-out system

Without an access control system, it can be complicated to manage the comings and goings of employees who work irregular hours, for example, night shifts.

Rather than doors needing to be manually locked and unlocked as employees come and go, one benefit of access control systems is that they offer a 'unlock only when necessary' scenario. Employees can gain access quickly and the doors will lock automatically behind them. 

This could also be incredibly handy if your youngsters come to and from the house during unsociable hours, and can't be trusted to lock the door behind them!

5. Record Entry & Exit Data

The final benefit of access control systems is that you can accurately record entry and exit data.

The moment that someone uses their keycard or fob to enter the building, the date, time and location are recorded. This data can provide invaluable insights into the behaviour of your employees.

For example, is there one person who always shows up late, is there one person who's working later into the night than they should be - and so on. 

If you think that your property could benefit from an access control system then don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of the IDS team

Combining an access control and security barrier system allows you to benefit from multiple levels of security.  Here at IDS Security Systems Ltd, we offer bespoke security packages that combine our both our access control and security barrier systems to create access control barriers that suit your exact requirements.

The Security Barriers

We install security barriers all over the country. Our customers can choose from gated systems, barrier systems, rising bollards or even turnstile systems depending on the placement and purpose of the security system. Once the security barrier is selected, a decision can then be made about the type of access system you’d like to integrate.

Choosing the right Access Control System

There’s plenty of choices when it comes to choosing the right kind of access control system for your security barriers. At IDS Security, we try to make sure we can offer our customers the most up-to-date and convenient technologies. Some of the options you can choose from include:

  • Key fob systems
  • Smart card systems
  • Intercom

These access control systems are ideal if you have the same people returning frequently, but you want to avoid any unauthorised personnel from accessing your premises. Key fobs and smart card systems are particularly effective for use with security barriers outside places of work. Intercom systems are particularly useful if you need to control the entrance of visitors.

Whichever combination of access system and barriers you require we will do our best to accommodate. Please get in touch if you want to inquire about our access control barrier systems or any of our other security systems.


If you run a business, whether it’s large or small, the security measures that you put into place to keep it safe from crime and other forms of disruptive activity are extremely important. Business such as offices, however, will feel the effects of poor security solutions more so than larger ones. Thefts, fires and break-ins cost organisations millions of pounds every single year, so offices would be making a wise investment to install proper and effective security measures. Here at IDS Security Systems, we offer a comprehensive range of security measures that will ensure your office is adequately protected. Take a look at the options we have for you to choose from below!

Access Control Systems

Access control systems are incredibly valuable within an office setting, as they allow access to your premises to authorised personnel only – this is a perfect option for an office that contains private and sensitive information. Access control systems come in various forms also, which makes them a great option for a range of offices. From fully computerised multi-site networks of control points to internal doors, we have the access control system best suited to your office. We utilise the latest security technologies such as biometrics and key fobs to ensure that your security system is up-to-date, offering maximum levels of safety.

CCTV Cameras

These are a simple yet very effective means of keeping your business secure and to detract criminal activity. With surveillance technology progressing massively in recent years, there is no better time to implement a network of CCTV cameras around your office. We are continuously implementing the latest developments in CCTV technology such as fibre optic transmission and digital recording to provide you with contemporary solutions that you can place your entire trust and have full confidence in.

Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms are also a great measure when it comes to protecting businesses like offices. We are able to create a bespoke system with our state-of-the-art intruder alarms, to be installed and maintained by a team of experienced professionals. These systems are extremely effective as they are able to be monitored around-the-clock from our monitoring station, giving you peace of mind that your office can always be observed. These are particularly effective at detecting people who are not authorised to be on your premises.

Fire Alarms

With fires contributing to countless injuries and deaths every year, particularly within offices and other workplace environments, it is imperative that a proper fire safety measure such as an alarm is present within your business. It is also required by law, under Section 4 of the government’s guide to fire safety in the workplace, to have a ‘fire detection and warning system.’ The type of system depends on the building and the nature of the work that is carried out within your business. To get a better understanding of the exact fire alarm solution you need, help and advice from experts such as IDS Security Systems are available.

Each one of these security measures will go a long way to protecting your office. To make the levels of a safety for your business even greater, why not combining a number of these solutions to create one bespoke, comprehensive office security system? Contact us today by clicking below to submit your enquiry form!

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Smart Card Access Control

A smart card access control system is a type of security system where each authorised individual is issued a unique smart card that gives them access to various places and/or services.

Smart card systems can be used in many different ways on all sorts of different premises. Examples include:

  • Workplaces with restricted / staff-only areas
  • Private car parks
  • Apartment buildings and other residences

Smart cards also make it easy to identify who is entering / leaving your premises. This can be useful for keeping attendance records and other administrative tasks.

How can we help you?

Here at IDS Security, we offer a range of cutting-edge access control systems including contactless smart cards as well as key fobs and biometrics.

We think that a contactless smart card access system is a great choice if you require a secure security system that has the ability to serve multiple functions (which other access systems cannot always allow for).

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