Back to Work: Facial covering and social distancing solutions

Ecl-ips offers latest advanced technology from Avigilon

Face Mask DetectionFace Mask Detection

As trailed in our blog last month Motorola Solutions company, Avigilon, is launching additional solutions to help everyone get back to work and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Ecl-ips is happy to support organisations in the UK so that they make the most of this advanced technology.

Avigilon is now offering an occupancy counting feature, available on all licences, as part of its Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 7.6.4, video management software.  This can provide organisations with an easy and streamlined way to count and identify the number of people in a building. This new feature is available if you have H4A or H5A cameras and have upgraded to ACC 7.6.4 and are using Avigilon Cloud Services (ACS). The feature can also be available if you have third-party cameras attached to an Avigilon Artificial Intelligence Appliance. The cameras should be specially placed at the entry and exit points of a building or area to monitor traffic.

AI-powered video analytics detect and classify a person crossing the entry or exit point and automatically translates these analytic events into entry and exit events. These events will be visible through dashboards in ACS for managers to determine how many people are inside a building, or alternatively, for automated screens to display at the front of shops.

Since mid-June non-essential shops have been able to reopen and in July other places such as hairdressers will also be open in the UK. Additionally, factory and office complexes may be seeing more staff returning while social distancing rules need to be maintained so could benefit from detection of breaches and occupancy counting. The specialist Ecl-ips team can help you do any necessary upgrades and ensure your cameras are sited properly.

Meanwhile, in the UK the wearing of face coverings is now compulsory for users of public transport, while face masks are mandatory for hospital staff. Visitors to hospitals are also expected to wear face coverings and people are advised to wear them in shops and workplaces where social distancing cannot be observed. Ensuring that these rules are being followed is important as authorities work to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  The Face Mask Detection technology is available on ACC 7.6.4 with enterprise licenses only using H4A & H5A cameras.

Avigilon has developed video-based detection technology to accurately detect objects in a security camera’s field of view, classify them as humans and determine whether the subject is not wearing a mask. Once the AI-enabled video analytics detects an individual is in violation, this prompts an automated alert through Avigilon Control Center video management software.

Additionally in a further upgrade to the ACC 7 software, coming in July, embedded analytics within the H5A camera will identify breaches of social distancing guidance. The technology can demonstrate to those managing commercial spaces or other buildings like schools or healthcare settings where there are potential bottlenecks and so social distancing will be difficult. This will allow managers to make changes within the buildings, for example, by only allowing people to walk in one direction through a corridor to reduce the numbers having to be in close proximity to each other.

Dealing with breaches to face covering and social distancing rules will be crucial to ensuring COVID-19 transmission is kept under control. If these are avoidable breaches then this system could be integrated with an audible warning to those involved. Ecl-ips has expertise in integrating the Avigilon CCTV system with IP enabled speakers and a SIP microphone as part of its school lockdown solution which we can now easily adapt this to these new requirements.

Whatever your organisation’s situation Ecl-ips has a number of back-to-work solutions from Avigilon and other partners that we can adapt to your needs. So, if you think we can help, contact us.