AI fever detection cameras for crowds launched
06 Apr 2020 | by Sue Weekes: News editor, Smart Cities World
Artificial intelligence (AI) and security company Kogniz Health is launching an AI-enabled camera and software system that scans groups and crowds entering a facility and identifies anyone with an elevated temperature.
It is designed to alert company personnel in real-time so that any individual with a fever can be isolated as needed to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. The company already has more than 12 large customers, each using multiple cameras.
Kogniz Health, based in Silicon Valley, said the system can help organisations avoid the cost and risk of posting staff with handheld thermal devices at entrances to take individual temperatures. The health cams can be deployed at every entrance to an office, campus, warehouse or distribution centre where many people are coming through.
“Companies want to keep their employees healthy and safe,” said Daniel Putterman, co-founder and co-CEO, Kogniz. “During a pandemic such as this one it is critical that organisations be able to quickly identify people who might be sick, and one way to do that is to detect fever.
“Handheld thermal guns are very expensive, labour-intensive, and create a bottleneck. We are able to provide temperature detection for high-flow environments so individuals with elevated temperature can be further checked.”
“During a pandemic such as this one it is critical that organisations be able to quickly identify people who might be sick, and one way to do that is to detect fever.”
The Health Cam has an integrated thermal camera, optical camera and a high-resolution screen. It can be placed on a desk or counter, mounted on a wall, or placed on a tripod. As people walk by individually or in groups, their temperatures are checked in real-time using infrared technology, and the image of any person showing an elevated temperature is displayed. Kogniz claims the health cam can detect skin temperature up to 16 feet away.
The Health Cam uses advanced AI to detect a person’s temperature near the eyes to get the most accurate reading. The system does not require any additional equipment and adjusts automatically to changes in ambient temperatures.
Real-time alerts are sent over SMS, mobile push and Slack. The live video stream, including temperature, is displayed on the Kogniz Health Cam display, and is available remotely in the Kogniz mobile app and web interface.
Each camera integrates automatically with the Kogniz platform and can be viewed and managed from the Kogniz mobile app and web interface. Staff can set alerts for specific temperature ranges or for above a normal range.