Computer vision could help enforce social distancing in the workplace

    WSJ Pro - Artificial Intelligence, 4/24/2020

    Wall Street Journal Pro - Artificial Intelligence

    Companies preparing for the easing of coronavirus lockdowns have an arsenal of new artificial-intelligence tools that can help implement and enforce social distancing and other safety measures in the workplace.

    The number of new Covid-19 cases continues to increase in the U.S.; a vaccine and therapies are far from ready; and widespread testing remains elusive. That means behavioral safeguards are crucial as a handful of states lay the foundations for opening their economies.

    Georgia is set to open this week. Florida’s governor created the Re-open Florida Task Force. New York is preparing for mass testing and contact tracing, which could lay the groundwork for opening more businesses.

    AI companies such as Smartvid.io Inc. and Drishti Technologies Inc. provide tools that might help companies in a range of industries, such as construction and automotive parts manufacturing, get ready for the reopening of plants and offices.

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    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19