Companies bet on AI cameras to track social distancing, limit liability

    Reuters, 4/27/2020

    Reuters

    Stores and workplaces eager to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus are equipping existing security cameras with artificial intelligence software that can track compliance with health guidelines including social distancing and mask-wearing.

    Several companies told Reuters the software will be crucial to staying open as concerns about COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, persist around the world. It will allow them to show not only workers and customers, but also insurers and regulators, that they are monitoring and enforcing safe practices.

    “The last thing we want is for the governor to shut all our projects down because no one is behaving,” said Jen Suerth, vice president at Chicago-based Pepper Construction, which introduced software from Smartvid.io this month to detect workers grouping at an Oracle Corp project in Deerfield, Illinois.

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    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19