AI developed to monitor social distancing on construction sites

    The Architect's Newspaper, 4/15/2020

    The Architects Newspaper

    With most Americans complying with nationwide stay-at-home orders enacted to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, a handful of states have nonetheless permitted construction sites to continue operations on “essential” projects. Site safety inspectors have therefore been left with the difficult task of ensuring that the workers they oversee are practicing all safety protocols as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), that include maintaining a distance of six feet apart from one another, wearing face coverings over their noses and mouths during work hours, and minimizing interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials.

    On April 6, the artificial intelligence (AI) company Smartvid.io unveiled a new feature for its interface that will be able to monitor construction workers’ level of compliance with the advised social distancing protocols as a virtual safety inspector.

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    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19