In response to the devastating restrictions on socializations in public places imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many workplaces, schools, shopping malls, public transport stations, sports venues, and other public spaces are mandated to respect the social distance monitoring to keep the nations safe. In addition to the consequent societal burdens, the safe distance monitoring requires great efforts and high cost for organizations to recruit a large number of human agents as Social Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) to watch the population and encourage them to keep a safe distance. Smart industry leaders are rising up by embracing technology and change to stay relevant.
Social Distance Monitoring System (SDMS) is a cost-effective and accurate AI solution that seamlessly integrates with any camera or CCTV system for automatically determining the violation of social distancing. Generating complete reports on the spatial locations, the times, and the intensity of such violation occurrences, SDMS can signal customized alerts to reviewers to control the crowd or to take appropriate actions.
The technology comprises of machine vision and deep learning algorithms that process video captures by a camera in a graphic processing unit and generates readable text, visually appealing graphics, or customizable alerts.
The system has the following features:
Most suitable application for this software solution is improving safety measures in potentially crowded places such as public transit stations, industrial settings such as factory work places, dormitories, schools, shopping malls, and more. As and when travel restrictions are lifted, SDMS can be used in airport terminals, gates, and transit halls.
SDMS can also be expanded to include facial recognition, the proper use of masks checking, and violence risks to develop the next generation of crowd monitoring solutions.
Social distancing measures have heavily impacted every industry on a global level, forcing many businesses to re-strategize in both short and the long terms. In the absence of mass vaccination, the new containment measures such as social distancing will last well beyond weeks. Digitally enabled monitoring solutions might become more commonplace in public locations even after the pandemic due to cultural shifts and the potential benefits to the society. Therefore solutions such as SDMS are and will stay market relevant for a long term.
SDMS customers will be able to reduce the need for human ambassadors and will benefit from the accurate reporting of the safe distancing violation. The decision-making reviewers can easily detect patterns of spatio-temporal violation that can be addressed safely and systematically. This technology as more cost-effective, safer, and more efficient alternative to manual monitoring (by human agents) is an enabling tool to manage the social distancing problems more effectively.