IoT Solutions Make COVID-19 Safety Compliance Easier

Artificial intelligence enables remote monitoring of COVID-19 safety precautions, so companies can focus on their core business, while still protecting their employees and customers. It also lightens the load for resource-strapped medical facilities.

 

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Although we’re still in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, some normalcy of life is resuming. People are returning to work in offices, kids are back in school, theaters are opening, and sports arenas are once again filled with fans.

These are all signs that the mitigating strategies are working, and many businesses have embraced them to make their operations, workers, and customers feel safe. Even as the pandemic restrictions ease, some employers are likely to maintain social distancing and masking mandates. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are at the top of the list, as many patients in those environments are particularly vulnerable and benefit from limiting the risk of the infection.

High-tech solutions can help hospitals and other organizations. Developers such as Uncanny Vision and Nupa have created artificial intelligence-based solutions that can help ensure compliance. Both companies offer solutions in the Intel® Solutions Marketplace, making it easy for system integrators to incorporate them into their clients’ operations.

An Eye on Safety

Uncanny Vision develops video analytics solutions for use in smart infrastructure environments. The company’s edge-based solutions use AI and deep learning algorithms to provide vehicle and people monitoring using existing CCTV and security cameras. The solution scales from hundreds to “millions” of cameras.

When the pandemic emerged, Uncanny Vision added an AI-based video analytics solution to screen for COVID-19 safety protocols. The software detects COVID-19 violations using a facility’s existing video cameras. The camera images are sent to an Intel-powered edge device with an integrated AI processor or to the cloud.

The Uncanny Vision software analyzes the images, specifically checking to ensure people are maintaining social distance, wearing face masks, and not gathering in crowds. The software has integrated people counting and heat mapping capabilities, so it can monitor for occupancy levels and crowd control as well. Administrators can set specific thresholds, receive real-time alerts, and view real-time and historic data on a dashboard.

Uncanny Vision, based in Bangalore, India, was acquired by Austin, TX-based Eagle Eye Networks in September 2021. Eagle Eye Networks makes secure, cloud-based video security solutions.

Easy Access to PPE

Baune is taking a different approach with its Nupa IoT Kiosk. The IoT-based kiosk is like an enhanced vending machine. Designed for use in healthcare facilities, it also can be deployed in nursing homes, retirement communities, and rural areas with limited access to medical facilities. Equipped with speakers, vision sensors, and thermal vision sensors, the kiosk can take temperatures of people who approach it and send the data to a nursing center or doctor’s office.

The Nupa kiosks use edge and cloud computing technologies to decrease application latency and improve scalability and access. They act as hubs, creating a mesh network of IoT-based vending kiosks that enable network-as-a-service solutions for the smart healthcare industry.

Vending maching kiosk with Nupa logo

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Nupa also can dispense personal protection equipment including face masks and shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and COVID-19 self-testing kits. Patients use a mobile app or scan a QR code to retrieve products, so transactions are contactless.

If a patient is using the Nupa Watch, a wearable monitor, the Nupa Kiosk can download the patient’s vitals and share them with medical staff. The kiosk also can monitor staff to ensure they are wearing proper protection against COVID-19. Admins can also receive reports indicating which items are being dispensed; those can be segmented by location, physician, product type, quantity, or transaction.

As the healthcare system is increasingly overwhelmed, remote monitoring can help limit the spread and detection of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

 

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