we are working on a significant difference in this fight against COVID-19 that combining facial recognition with infrared thermography to realize close range, contactless facial recognition, and temperature detection. Importantly, both product's primary purpose continues to work despite faces being obstructed by N95 coronavirus masks being worn. Putting these technologies to work in high-traffic locations to both identify one's identity to allow them entry while also checking for a fever is an interesting and clever way to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The facial recognition thermometer terminal
is the replacement of manual temperature measurement and personnel information check, making all-day monitoring possible, achieving intelligent personnel management, information judgment, data upload, and related functions. This technology can not only reduce the risk of cross-infection but also improve traffic efficiency by more than 10 times, which will save time and reduce congestion. It is suitable for government, customs, airports, railway stations, enterprises, schools, communities, and other crowded public places.
Using this facial recognition technology in high traffic areas where those are being screened already is something the government or these institutions should take a look at. South Korea was very successful in reducing community transmission through a combination of rigorous testing and spot screening for fevers. This is definitely something companies and government entities should look into during this virus outbreak.
The technology of contactless facial recognition thermometer
adopts multiple AI technologies that include contactless temperature measurement, mask detection, and facial recognition. This technology rapidly identifies people with a high fever. The temperature can be quickly measured within a range of 0.5-0.7m, with an accuracy of ±0.5℃. Those who have an abnormal temperature or not wearing a mask will be detected at sub-second speed, and the thermometer will automatically mark them down and start alarm mode. Based on the accurate thermal imaging temperature measurement, the facial recognition thermometer can detect the forehead temperature and quickly identify the information of the person with a mask. The display screen on the hardware will reflect the temperature in real-time, having the identity and temperature checked simultaneously to achieve the result in just seconds after scanning. The accurate recognition rate of this technology is 99.5%, allowing for very accurate scans, failing 1 out of every 200 face scans.
In order to become infected with the coronavirus, it takes coming in close contact with those infected with the virus. This contactless testing method is able to greatly reduce the probability of contact infections and give us the ability to detect temperature anomalies in advance of coming into contact with others.
However, limitations are that not all carriers of the Coronavirus have fevers nor do they present outward signs of the virus so this technology is not a panacea. However, it will help stop the spread of the virus in individuals with a fever, and it will help speed access control measures while also removing the inconvenience and risk of removing and replacing one's protective mask (touching one's face with unsensitized fingers spreads the virus).
And in some places, these facial recognition thermometer applications are already being rolled out at massive scale. China has reportedly installed trial facial recognition thermometers on buses to detect coronavirus symptoms, which scan passenger’s faces at the entrance of the bus, and alerts the driver if an anomaly has been detected (according to The Hill, the temperature data of riders is stored in real-time for tracking vehicles, drivers and passengers if necessary).
The Moscow Times, meanwhile, reports that Russia is using facial recognition cameras to enforce quarantine orders. In one case, Moscow’s facial-recognition network helped to reportedly track down a woman who had recently traveled from China – and who failed to follow the city’s order to self-quarantine for two weeks after travel.
It’s important to note that the thought process behind tracking the coronavirus make sense – particularly as stories crop up about “super spreaders” who fail to isolate themselves after they have tested positive for coronavirus, potentially spreading the virus to others.
There is, a certain space for facial recognition systems, and their potential use, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is clear in becoming an alternative to fingerprint and other biometric technologies that rely on touch-based sensors.
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