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Binah.ai biometrics for COVID-19 detection deployed to Hello Kitty Land in Tokyo

Temperature scanning launched by View Systems, iDENT and Patriot One, rigged by Dahua
Binah.ai biometrics for COVID-19 detection deployed to Hello Kitty Land in Tokyo

Facial recognition from Israeli startup Binah.ai has been deployed to Tokyo’s Hello Kitty Land, as part of a health monitoring system for employees based on video footage, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The deployment is the result of a partnership between Binah.ai and Japanese insurance giant Sompo.

Binah.ai’s platform combines artificial intelligence, signal processing and machine vision to provide heartrate and other biometrics, measuring heart rate within seven seconds, oxygen saturation within 10, respiration rate within 30, and heart rate variability within 45 seconds. The solution can also measure mental stress levels within 90 seconds, according to the report. The technology is based on the optical technique of photoplethysmography, analyzing the reflection of light from the subject’s face.

Sompo is planning to expand the biometric technology to park customers, and then offer it to facilities like parks and stadiums across Japan.

“The coronavirus crisis underscores the importance of using innovative technologies that help the medical world deal with the extreme and returning to routine,” said CEO of Binah.ai David Maman, according to the Post. “We welcome the collaboration with SOMPO and believe that artificial intelligence has the power to create creative solutions that will help us lead a routine life in the shadow of the coronavirus.”

Florida city deploys temperature scanning

The city of Naples, Florida has deployed infrared cameras from Viklyn with facial recognition, body temperature scanning and mask detection capabilities, NBC reports.

Four scanners were purchased by the city through Amazon for $1160 each, according to the report, though officials say they have turned off the face biometrics and image storing functions. The mask recognition capability is also turned off, as there is no local mask mandate.

The city’s fire chief said the cameras prevent the need for a person to be deployed to building entrances with a temperature gun.

View Systems launches temperature monitoring to ViewScan

View Systems has announced pre-orders of its new ViewScan II, which provides real-time thermal imaging and facial recognition, and a new website to promote the product.

The company has already sold $14 million worth of the original ViewScan, which provides a Concealed Weapons Detection and Asset Control System, and upgraded the devices to meet the needs created by the pandemic.

U.S. distribution rights for the ViewScan have been licensed to IP Video Corp, though View Systems retains the rights to sell units internationally and to sell modified units domestically.

View Systems is also finalizing the acquisition of Columbian medical marijuana company Sannabis S.A.S., and planning an announcement regarding a cannabis license.

New iDENT system features Patriot One threat and temperature detection

iDENT and Limitless Integrations have added Patriot One’s PATSCAN platform with body temperature scanning to a new threat detection system for stadiums and event venues, iDENT MODS (Mobile Onsite Detection System).

The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Threat Detection Platform with mask and weapons detection is being deployed to iDENT MODS with modules for weapons detection and health monitoring. The solution also integrates a contactless ticketing solution with technology from Saffire Tix and GetChkd Inc.’s blockchain-based Health Passport, allowing venues to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

“These iDENT MODS offer event promoters and venue operators a touchless and frictionless security screening process for up to 1800 people per lane per hour,” explained Albert Reynolds, iDENT’s COO and Co-founder. “Our two or six lane units offer great options for front of house or back of house screening to ensure customer, staff and talent safety and security as they attend their favorite programs.”

iDENT MODS are made from mobile shipping containers, and can be quickly deployed

IPVM alleges Dahua rigs cameras

The latest negative report about Dahua is an accusation from IPVM that its testing found the “thermal temperature” system implemented on some of the company’s cameras altered its measurements to display temperatures more in line with expected human body temperature.

Rigging the results allowed the company to appear to be able to back up its claims to be able to measure temperature through hats or helmets. When contacted by IPVM, Dahua changed the software, which IPVM calls “substantially derigged,” though it did not respond to a question from the publication, or an extensive description of what it had found.

“Justice demands Dahua be held accountable,” the reports says. “They rushed out a medical device at the start of a deadly pandemic. They marketed it in ways that violated science and standards. They designed the ‘compensation algorithm’ to report temperatures manipulated from the actual thermal readings. They made a huge amount of money and the buyers of these systems were left at undisclosed risk of their employees, customers, and visitors trusting this hiddenly rigged system.”

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