The story behind the name of our cameras: HIGIA

HIGIA is the name of SENSIA’s reliable solution for fever screening based on thermal imaging. Specially designed for the detection of potentially positive cases of Covid-19, SENSIA named it in honor of Hygieia, the greek goddess of health, cleanliness and healing.

In Greek methodology, Hygiene was the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness and hygiene, one of the Aeclepiadae (the sons and daughters of the god of medicine). She belonged to an illustrious mythological family: daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine and the goddess of healing, Epione.

Along with her four sisters, each performed a facet of Apollo’s art: Hygieia (the personification/goddess of health, cleanliness and healing), Panacea (the goddess of the universal remedy), Yaso (the goddess of recovery from illness), Aces (the goddess of the healing process), and Aglaya (the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence and adornment).

Hygieia also played an important role in his father’s cult. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with preventing disease and continuing good health.

Her name is the source of the word “hygiene”. She was imported by the Romans as the goddess Valetudo, the goddess of personal health, but over time she began to be increasingly identified with the ancient Italian goddess of social welfare, Salus.

The cult in Athens of the goddess Hygieia dates back to the 7th century BC. Plutarch, related the construction of the Parthenon in Athens saying that the goddess Hygieia was present when a worker fell from a great height while he was building. Doctors could not treat him and that same night, the goddess Hygieia appeared in a dream to Pericles and taught him a treatment to heal the wounded man. The mason recovered and in honor of Hygieia, a statue with her image was placed near the altar.

University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings (Medicine), detail showing Hygieia – Gustav Klimt

The SENSIA team has not been immune to the crisis and has decided to contribute in the fight against the virus. Early detection of a positive case can dramatically restrict the spread of the virus and, therefore, the costs and suffering associated with it. With this in mind, the company has concentrated its efforts on developing an accurate and reliable solution for fever screening: HIGIA.