SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY THAT USES AI TO TRACK SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING IN WORKPLACE RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY THAT USES AI TO TRACK SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING IN WORKPLACE RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

Workplaces are eager to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and are equipping their security camera with AI software that can track their workers’ compliance with health guidelines, which includes wearing a mask or social distancing.

The software is deemed to be quite crucial, while COVID-19 is on a rampage all around the world. The surveillance technology allows the company to showcase how they are monitoring their workers and enforcing the mandates safely.

“You already are hearing about things like ‘Waze for occupancy and people movement,’ as opposed to vehicle movements—not just self-reporting, but automated reporting on traffic information of people in different indoor locations and public areas,” says Mahesh Saptharishi, the CTO of Motorola Solutions, which is developing a system of this kind. “I think that’s just going to be more common until people feel safe enough.” He added that things like fever detection could be useful for the masses but people also need to practice social distancing and wearing masks often.

Motorola’s Avigilon subsidiary, for example, is developing software for its latest-generation security cameras that will detect when people are standing too close or not wearing masks. Take a look at the technology here. The company hopes to start implementing this by the end of June, for the factories and offices and believes that such tech can be beneficial for the retail stores and supermarkets.

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