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AI Box for COVID-19 designed by IDIS to support safer working practices and re-opening in midst of pandemic

21 January 2021

IDIS IS supporting affordable and straightforward return-to-work steps with its new AI Box (DV-2232) for COVID-19. Powered by “the industry’s most accurate Deep Learning Engine” and compatible with IDIS Deep Learning Analytics, the AI Box for COVID-19 is a simple add-on appliance that’s compatible with existing IDIS network cameras and DirectIP NVRs, eliminating the need for complex analytics software or edge video analytics devices.

The AI Box for COVID-19 includes functions for social distancing adherence, people counting and occupancy control, crowd detection, mask detection and dashboard and reporting tools that are critically important for compliance. These practical deep learning-based features support safe working practices which help to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other infections.

Users can take advantage of four advanced video analytics functions simultaneously across 32 channels and each camera stream, making the cost-effective IDIS AI Box adaptable for all sizes of business.

End users also benefit from a perspective view, giving superior analysis compared to top view analytics cameras and ensuring that each camera provides “exceptional surveillance” for security, safety, and data intelligence.

Counter-infection measures

In point of fact, the IDIS AI Box advanced video analytics enable some of the most important counter-infection measures:

*People Counting and Occupancy Monitoring: Counts the number of people coming in and out of premises (stores, banks, pharmacies and busy commercial sites, for example) and shows occupancy status in real-time. Using cameras positioned at entrances and exits, the IDIS AI Box generates precise Artificial Intelligence (AI)-assisted alerts on any overcrowding, with real-time calculations to underpin occupancy control interventions

For retail customers, dashboards positioned at store entrances use a simple three-step traffic light system to automate the admissions and flow in and out. In addition, the dashboards show estimated wait times at peak periods and allow retailers to customise their displays with company logos and promotional graphics

*Social Distancing: Detects distances between individuals and sends an alarm when a defined distance is violated. Users can configure event notifications to issue verbal reminders and select from five spacing sensitivity levels depending on industry or sector-specific requirements

*Crowd Detection: Alerts building and store managers to overcrowding in pre-selected zones and triggers event alarms every time bottlenecking or overcrowding occurs

*Face Mask Detection: Detects people wearing a mask or people not wearing a mask, giving users the ability to configure and trigger event alarms and issue verbal reminders accordingly

*Reporting: Comprehensive reporting tools are provided for all four of these video analytic functions. They provide data analysis, including people counts and occupancy, along with any violations, by time, day and month for accurate and required record keeping. This data can also be exported to Excel spreadsheets for easy referencing

Test of resilience

“The COVID-19 pandemic has tested everyone’s resilience,” asserted James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “IDIS has developed credible and practical solutions to help reduce infection risks with automation that improves operating efficiency and technology that avoids the cost of hiring in additional manpower or redeploying existing staff to higher-risk front line roles.”

Min added: “Moving forward, much of this functionality will also prove to be particularly valuable for retail, with AI-driven video delivering insights into shoppers’ behaviour, in turn helping to convert browsing into sales and improving the customer experience. This will also allow facilities managers to optimise the configuration of buildings and workspaces.”

*Further information is available on the IDIS website at www.idisglobal.com