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Biometric body temperature scanners being adopted from main street to DHS

Providers partner up amid contract wins, deployments
Biometric body temperature scanners being adopted from main street to DHS

Integrated Operations and Altada have each formed new partnerships to meet the demand for biometric solutions with body temperature scanning capabilities to fight the spread of COVID-19. Similar technologies are also rolling out to new workplaces with Invixium announcing a deployment, Parsons winning a public sector contract, and ClearScan devices in operation at dozens of Sacramento businesses. Tech giants, meanwhile, are among companies working on a possible next-generation approach body temperature scanning, with robots.

Integrated Operations’ Viral Defense to expand portfolio

Integrated Operations has partnered with Planix Group Oy to expand its product portfolio with biometrics and temperature scanning to keep people safe from viruses and contagions in public locations.

The Viral Defense solutions feature automated fever detection for up to five people at the same time from a distance of up to six feet away.

The Security Industry Association has asked the FDA to look into the proliferation of devices marketed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 without meeting its guidelines for temperature screening, such as by assessing multiple subjects at once.

The solutions also feature automatic mask detection, facial recognition, and palm, fingerprint and iris biometrics for secure access control.

The partnership brings new capabilities to both companies, which will represent each other’s products and services in North America and Europe, according to the announcement.

The combined solutions are intended for deployment by retailers, sports venues, hotels, offices, medical facilities, mass transportation and warehouses, as well as personal use.

Altada launches specialist service to help reopen travel and entertainment

Altada Technology Solutions has launched a new branch of its company to provide face mask compliance checks, temperature scanning and social distancing monitoring with CCTV cameras.

Near real-time media redaction and facial recognition technologies supplied by Altada subsidiary Noppera Bo anonymizes CCTV footage for compliance with privacy by design, with only people of interest shown so they can be followed up with for improved health guideline adherence. The solution is known as Aerynite, and will enable indoor public spaces to reopen and revolutionize the travel and entertainment sectors, according to the announcement.

AerynAI is being launched by Altada in partnership with a global company unnamed in the announcement, and will be led by Dr. Eugene O’Connor, who was Ireland’s senior health official in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic.

Invixium deployed at South African mine

Touchless biometric access control and temperature screening technology from Invixium has been deployed to the Crocodile River Mine in South Africa by Eastern Platinum Limited (Eastplats).

The IXM TITAN and Enhancement Kit have been deployed to provide temperature screening, along with touchless workforce management, by South African integrator Bluewhale Digital. The devices were integrated with Eastplats existing time and attendance system and layered security infrastructure, along with an automated system to enforce COVID-19 declaration protocols.

The Enhancement Kit can screen the temperature of 12 to 15 people per minute, the company says.

Assuming a trial of four IXM TITANS with Enhancement Kits is successful, Eastplats intends to implement them at other Crocodile River Mine entry points.

“Deploying biometric technology in the mining sector is extremely challenging,” said Shiraz Kapadia, CEO and President at Invixium. “We’re proud to have engineered IXM TITAN to be well suited for extremely harsh environments, like mines, and we are pleased to be the premiere biometric provider to mining operations worldwide, like Eastplats in Africa. IXM TITAN was selected for its ruggedness and speed in face recognition and temperature screening in various lighting conditions. The result is very positive: TITAN ensures a simple and comprehensive solution for employees and managers to allow them to return to work in a healthy, safe, and productive environment.”

Parsons wins potentially massive DHS contract

Parsons Corporation has been awarded a contract for COVID-19 testing with the Department of Homeland Security, worth up to $2 billion.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is for managed testing services and molecular diagnostic testing kits and services, which may include its touchless biometric kiosk, DetectWise. Parsons will deliver solutions for testing at the point of care or in a laboratory, to support current and future operations related to health screening.

DetectWise kiosks are currently used in aviation, industrial, government, healthcare and senior’s living facilities.

Sacramento street deploys biometric body temperature scanners

More than 40 businesses along Sacramento’s Stockton Boulevard have deployed ClearScan G7000 body temperature scanners for free from a program run by the Stockton Boulevard Business Partnership and funded by the CARES Act, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The five-foot tall devices with voice interaction use facial recognition technology to check patrons entering the businesses for masks, and scan their temperature from a couple of feet away in a three-second process. People wearing glasses are not asked to remove them to perform the checks. Mask reminders can be delivered in several languages.

The ClearScan G7000 appears to target the inner canthi (or corner of the eye), which is the recommended area for body temperature scanning, and the devices are registered as medical devices with the FDA.

The restaurant owner interviewed by the Bee says she will keep her restaurant closed for indoor dining when partial occupancy is allowed, due to the risk of transmission from asymptomatic cases.

5G robot to use edge face biometrics for guideline enforcement

Vodafone Spain has partnered with Intel, Altran, Microsoft, IBM and Fivecomm on a ‘Robot COVID 5G’ project to develop a sentinel robot with facial recognition to perform mask adherence and body temperature checks, according to 5GWorldPro.com.

The robot communicates with an operator through edge servers via Vodafone’s 5G network, allowing the operator to address alarms and communicate with subjects through the robot.

Altran is providing the facial recognition and body temperature measurement systems, while Intel is providing its Xeon SP processors to run the AI algorithms, and Microsoft is providing its Azure Stack Edge for the communication infrastructure.

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