Vsblty works on integration and smart city test of facial recognition and temperature screening
Vsblty Groupe Technologies and sensor technology developer Photon-X have jointly announced a collaboration to develop advanced biometric camera applications to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms as part of building access control systems. Temperature sensing is also being deployed Vsblty and partner RadarApp to the previously-announced Smart City project in Mexico City to combat the spread of the disease.
The plan is to develop a multi-sensor camera for security and smart building applications leveraging Photon-X object recognition and analytics with Vsblty’s facial recognition to identify people who have a high temperature as they are about to enter buildings.
Photon-X specializes in sensor technologies to enable biometric verification, document security, CGI motion imaging and photo mapping, according to the announcement.
Vsblty Co-founder and CEO Jay Hutton and Photon-X Founder, President and CEO Blair Barbour say they expect a prototype to be developed quickly, as it will be created by integrating existing solutions. The Vsblty-Photon-X cameras are expected to measure heartbeat and oxygen saturation levels to reduce false positive results, compared to standard infrared cameras now in use.
“As the world slowly goes back to work, we will all want to be assured that we can do so safely,” comments Hutton. “Thermal detection in venues, buildings, restaurants and public spaces will be an easy detection tool that can augment safety and help prevent further contagion. We have already seen efforts by major retailers, manufacturers and large employers to implement wellness detection at building and factory entrances. This is a safety measure that has long-term value and may well be an essential element in the new economy.”
Smart City company RadarApp and Vsblty have launched testing of a crowd temperature scanning technology at the urging of Mexico City officials, according to a separate company announcement. The companies are testing an additional temperature scanning capability with infrared cameras.
The real-time scans will correlate faces captured with temperature scans, and provide continuous monitoring for health and security personnel through a mobile app. The application of the capability in the city’s public transit system is also being explored, the companies say.
The projected $10 million-contract, which is slated to deploy facial recognition and crowd analytics to 40,000 endpoints just in its first phase, was awarded last year.
“Temperature sensing camera capability is an important addition to the overall RADAR solution as it applies directly to the population we serve and the government authorities that are driving the deployment,” states RadarApp Co-founder and CEO Rodrigo Calderon.
Meanwhile, Vsblty has announced the closure of the second tranche of a private placement, raising $230,000 in gross proceeds.
The offering takes the form of $1,000 principal debentures at a 10 percent interest rate, which accrues for two years from April 9 2020.
Vsblty has raised a total of $1,860,380 so far from the offering. In the latest tranche, $200,000 was raised from the brokered portion, which Echelon Wealth Partners acted as lead agent and sole bookrunner for.
The principal of the debentures can be converted into units of the company prior to the maturity, based on several conditions.