Integrated Operations and Altada have each formed new partnerships to meet the demand for biometric solutions with body temperature analysis capabilities to combat the spread of COVID-19. Similar technologies are also being deployed in new workplaces with Invixium announcing a rollout, Parsons winning a public sector contract and ClearScan devices in operation at dozens of Sacramento businesses. Tech giants, meanwhile, are among the companies working on a possible next-generation approach to body temperature scanning, with robots.
Integrated Operations viral defense expands portfolio
Integrated Operations has partnered with Planix Group Oy to expand its product portfolio with biometrics and temperature analysis to protect people from viruses and contagion in public places.
Viral Defense Solutions feature automated fever detection for up to five people at the same time at a distance of up to six feet.
The Security Industry Association has asked the FDA to examine the proliferation of devices marketed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 without meeting its temperature control guidelines, such as assessing multiple subjects at once.
The solutions also include automatic mask detection, facial recognition and palm, fingerprint and iris biometrics for secure access control.
The partnership brings new capabilities to the two companies, which will mutually represent their 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, transit and warehouses, as well as for 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 copywriting and facial recognition technologies provided by Altada subsidiary Noppera Bo anonymize CCTV footage to ensure privacy by design, showing only people from interest so that they can be followed for better adherence to health guidelines. The solution is known as Aerynite and will allow indoor public spaces to reopen and revolutionize the travel and entertainment industries, according to the announcement.
AerynAI is launched by Altada in partnership with an anonymous global company 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 outbreak .
Invixium deployed in a South African mine
Invixium’s contactless biometric access control and temperature control technology was deployed at the Crocodile River mine in South Africa by Eastern Platinum Limited (Eastplats).
The IXM TITAN and Upgrade Kit have been deployed to provide temperature control, as well as contactless workforce management, by South African integrator Bluewhale Digital. The devices were integrated with Eastplat’s existing time and attendance system and layered security infrastructure, as well as an automated system to enforce COVID-19 reporting protocols.
The upgrade kit can control the temperature from 12 to 15 people per minute, depending on the company.
Assuming that a trial of four IXM TITANS with upgrade kits is successful, Eastplats intends to implement them at other entry points to the Crocodile River mine.
“The deployment of biometric technology in the mining sector is extremely difficult,” said Shiraz Kapadia, CEO and President of Invixium. “We are proud to have designed IXM TITAN to be well suited to extremely harsh environments, such as mining, and we are pleased to be the premier biometric supplier to mining operations worldwide, such as Eastplats in Africa. IXM TITAN was selected for its robustness and speed of facial recognition and temperature control under various lighting conditions. The result is very positive: TITAN provides a simple and complete solution for employees and managers to enable them to return to work in a healthy, safe and productive environment.
Parsons wins potentially huge DHS contract
Parsons Corporation has won 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 contactless biometric kiosk, DetectWise. Parsons will provide point-of-care or laboratory testing solutions to support current and future medical screening operations.
DetectWise kiosks are currently used in aviation, industry, government, healthcare, and retirement homes.
Sacramento Street Deploys Biometric Body Temperature Scanners
More than 40 businesses along Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento have deployed ClearScan G7000 body temperature scanners for free as part of a program run by the Stockton Boulevard Business Partnership and funded by the CARES Act, reports The Sacramento Bee.
The five-foot-tall devices with voice interaction use facial recognition technology to verify that customers entering businesses are looking for masks and analyze their temperature from a few feet away in three seconds. People wearing glasses are not invited to take them off to carry out checks. Mask reminders can be delivered in multiple languages.
The ClearScan G7000 appears to target the internal canthi (or corner of the eye), which is the recommended area for body temperature analysis, 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 of asymptomatic cases.
5G robot will use biometrics of front faces to enforce guidelines
Vodafone Spain has partnered with Intel, Altran, Microsoft, IBM and Fivecomm on a “COVID 5G Robot” project to develop a sentinel robot with facial recognition to perform mask adhesion 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 respond to alarms and communicate with subjects through the robot.
Altran supplies the facial recognition and body temperature measurement systems, while Intel supplies its Xeon SP processors to run the AI algorithms and Microsoft supplies its Azure Stack Edge for the communication infrastructure.
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