Biometrics and fever detection offered for front-line workers, businesses, edge and mine access systems
Workers across the globe are preparing to return to their jobs, or looking forward to doing so, and biometrics companies are continuing to adapt their technologies to the challenges to identification and coronavirus spread-prevention in an era defined by physical distancing. Even those front-line workers and emergency responders still working in hazardous conditions require better protection, but several new products have been unveiled by businesses to address this dangerous situation.
High-tech glasses with biometric facial recognition, thermal detection and streaming video transmission capabilities are being offered to first responders in the U.S. by New Jersey company ThirdEye Gen, Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI-TV reports.
The X2 MR Glasses enable non-contact fever detection, and can transmit audio and visual data back to medical professionals, such as at a hospital, in real-time. Facial recognition can be used to access patients’ medical history, which a remote doctor can use to perform assessments and help the medic on-scene deliver a diagnosis or treatment.
The wearable is being piloted by the Marcus Hook Trainer and Upper Merion fire departments, with eight pairs of glasses being paid for, at $1,800 each, but Energy Transfer and Sunoco LP, according to the report. Former Congressman Curt Weldon, who previously served as a fire chief, is leading the pilot, and planning to push government and corporate sponsors to deliver a pair of X2 MR Glasses to every fire and rescue unit in the country.
El Salvador CV startup pitches system for wide application
Salvadorian start-up Spot.io has added temperature detection to its facial recognition technology, and is planning to offer the technology to facilities like hospitals, banks, customs checkpoints, factories and restaurants.
The company provides computer vision technology to cities for monitoring traffic congestion and optimizing traffic lights, to retailers and brands to identify purchasing patterns, and to law enforcement for identifying suspects with biometrics. Spot.io algorithms provide emotion analysis and heat maps based on customer activity, and blacklist detection and alerts for theft reduction. Early clients include the Soho Plaza and national police in El Salvador, according to Contxto.
Facial recognition-based payment services are the next application Spot.io plans to develop. The company is participating in the Start-Up Chile program.
Edge fever detection system from Mantra
Mantra has launched the MIRADA Rapid system for facial recognition and body temperature detection, which the company claims is the world’s most accurate, powered by its deep learning AI platform.
The system uses a proprietary light-weight, high-performance convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm model with low power consumption to power high accuracy on edge analytic devices. An AI temperature measurement unit provides 98 percent recognition accuracy of six to eight people per second from a library of 80,000, with a dual-light camera and black body for temperature accuracy within 0.1 degrees Celsius in a lab environment, and AI software that also provides mask detection and an automatic alarm when a high temperature is detected, according to a product sheet.
Non-contact temperature measurement performs at a range of up to four meters, and detects face masks with 99.6 percent accuracy, the company says. The system is cost effective, and deploys to the edge in only a minute.
Mining supply company implements fever detection with biometrics
Mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies are also responding to the new normal, with Ontario-based Provix upgrading its thermal vision camera system’s facial recognition and temperature measurement capabilities to detect fevers with forehead measurements, International Mining reports.
The hardware system saves facial images, temperature records, the time the camera was passed, and the individual’s name and ID card information, with alarm functions and storage for up to 10,000 records.
The article also notes industry efforts to contribute to the supply of emergency medical and personal protective equipment.
Wuhan community deploys Telpo device
The use of Telpo biometric devices with temperature screening capabilities for infection prevention and control in Wuhan as the community emerges from an extended period of mass self-isolation was recently reported by national broadcaster CCTV1.
Residents are triple-checked to prevent them from infecting others, by providing work proof and identifying themselves, scanning a QR code to register their work and infection prevention information and get access to the community, and then checking their temperature with an automatic thermometer device. The device featured in the report is Telpo’s TPS980T facial temperature measurement device.