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Innovatrics adds mask detection to face biometrics platform, SmartCone launches COVID-tracking solution

Innovatrics adds mask detection to face biometrics platform, SmartCone launches COVID-tracking solution

Innovatrics has added a mask detection capability to its biometric facial recognition platform SmartFace which also detects if the mask is properly worn, covering the wearer’s nose.

The company says the new feature is particularly important for automated access control applications, and can send instant notifications or deny entry to people without masks. The new SmartFace feature is intended for use at access points for venues like production plants, office buildings, shopping malls, and hospitals, enabling easy enforcement of safety and security measures.

Innovatrics Product Manager Marian Beno demonstrated SmartFace in a recent NetworkOptix webinar.

Ride sharing companies Uber, Didi and Ola are all using facial recognition and automatic face mask detection to check their drivers, and may extend the scans to passengers, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

An Uber spokesperson told the Herald that the company has already built a capability to check riders for masks in places where they are mandatory. The system involves riders who are reported by a driver to have taken a ride without a mask will be asked for a selfie to confirm they are wearing one before being allowed to book another ride. According to the report, the mask detection feature will be rolled out to the U.S. and Canada this month, and then to Latin America.

The other two companies do not have plans to extend mask checks to passengers, as of yet.

Mask detection has been recently introduced by many biometrics providers, including CyberLink, Sightcorp, Trueface, AnyVision and Paravision.

Biometric COVID-19 tracking solution launched by SmartCone

SmartCone Technologies is planning to launch a comprehensive biometric solution for web processes to support safe returns to work, school and play, the company has announced.

The new Symp2pass solution is based on the Safe Spaces AI engine, which SmartCone has licensed from Idea Capital Safe Spaces Corp.

Users can check themselves and family members for COVID-19 symptoms through any mobile phone, tablet, computer or smart device, with a medically recognized, researched and proven process, according to the announcement. The solution integrates unsupervised AI learning to continually improve at identifying patterns within the data it receives. Geolocation data from users is continually mapped, and updated based on the position of safe, suspected, or infected people.

Symp2pass will be made globally available in the coming weeks, and will be integrated in a COVID-19 SmartCone Kiosk.

“This pandemic is causing fear and doubt in millions globally,” notes SmartCone CEO Jason Lee. “SmartCone’s COVID-19 Task Force with the new ‘back to work, school and play’ process by Symp2pass will give people peace of mind knowing they are taking the best precautions available to ensure safe public spaces to co-exist.”

“Symp2pass will support every person to continually monitor their own health and use their personal map to find those safe spaces to visit,” says Idea Capital Safe Spaces Corp. CEO Richard Harris. “Businesses will identify themselves as Symp2pass sites and use the SmartCone Kiosk as the monitoring system ensuring they remain a safe space.”

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