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Telpo and Remark Holdings upgrade facial recognition products to prevent coronavirus spread

Telpo and Remark Holdings upgrade facial recognition products to prevent coronavirus spread

The contactless facial biometric thermometer solution developed recently by Telpo to combat the spread of diseases like covid-19 has been integrated with the company’s payment technology for deployment to buses. Facial recognition thermometers are being widely installed to public transportation vehicles in China to detect symptoms in passengers, state-run media is reporting according to a company blog post.

Telpo integrated the terminals it launched last month with ticket validation technology to confirm passengers’ payment and safety without requiring contact with the driver. The new resulting TPS530 terminals can measure temperature within one second by scanning the passenger’s forehead as they enter the public transport vehicle and swipe their NFC pass cards or scan a QR code. Additional features of the terminals include GPS and data reporting, along with an optimized mask detection model, according to the company.

The QR code reader supports paper tickets and barcodes, and includes technology to perform accurately if the bus is shaking or lighting is poor.

If a passenger with a fever is detected, an automatic alarm will sound.

Passenger temperature is recorded to the Telpo Cloud platform, and sent to epidemic prevention authorities to allow traffic traceability and tracking.

Remark Holdings has upgraded its KanKan AI product with body temperature detection and facial recognition that also works with facemasks.

Adding thermal detection and support for biometric identification of people complying with public sanitary regulations to the Smart Monitor technology of KanKan AI, which the company says is already robust, allows for non-contact fever screening. Smart Monitor’s facial recognition includes mask detection, and can also be used to enforce compliance with health regulations, according to the announcement.

“For reasons that have become obvious in recent weeks, there is an international priority to detect infectious diseases in patients before it spreads to the general population,” states Kai-Shing Tao, chairman and CEO of Remark Holdings. “Though many countries have advocated the use of masks to try to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, the ability of governmental authorities in some countries to monitor the use of preventative measures such as masks has been limited by lack of efficient technology and reliance on manual methods. We now see an opportunity to expand our health and safety capabilities to retail stores and areas with high traffic.”

The new capabilities have already been deployed at Hangzhou schools, where KanKan AI was deployed last year for safety and attendance-tracking purposes, for early fever detection.

The upgraded technology allows KanKan AI to provide traffic and crowd monitoring, intrusion detection and a range of other functions to help public safety managers run operations more efficiently, reduce manpower, and increase pubic safety, the company says.

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