How Imaging-IoT Monitoring Devices Can Keep Us Safe

How Imaging-IoT Monitoring devices can keep us safe to keep ourselves safe amid this pandemic period, Konica Minolta’s Imaging IoT offer automated temperature screening over the human traffic flow.1The temperature sensing station has been used for first-level screening to detect potential elevated body temperature (EBT)2

The automated process will alert the person-in-charge, who is manning the temperature screening, proactively in the event any suspicious case is detected, hence making management of temperature screening on massive human traffic much more efficient. The one detected with EBT can then be further measured with a thermometer to medically confirm the presence of fever.  Although the temperature sensing station cannot be the ultimate tool for fever determination2, with proper calibration, it is handy to identify potential EBT.

Social distancing is a mandatory practice in many facilities, but it is not an easy task to ensure that occupants in premises have enough room to distant themselves at least 1 meter apart. One of the ways is to restrict the number of occupants within premises like malls, transport terminals and commercial buildings where space is shared. Konica Minolta’s Imaging IoT can play a crucial role in assisting building management to ensure that the right number of occupants are on the premises. Our video analytic solution can automate visitor-count at entrances and exits through advanced video analytics algorithm.  The net number of occupants in a specific space, on certain floors, can be determined in almost real-time. The number counted through the solution can also be streamed to a central control area or alerts can be sent to the mobile device of person-in-charge to control the visitor traffic at the entrance. Within the building premises, video analytic solution offered by Konica Minolta can also be used to control the density of occupants to give room for a safe distance of 1 meter or more. The video analytics can automatically compare the number of occupants within a specific area against a preset threshold

Video analytics can be used to monitor if social distancing is being compiled in a queue too. In a queue line that is not moving, and anyone occupies the designated gaps that are not meant to be occupied, a system event can be triggered to notify the person-in-charge at the site. Konica Minolta’s Imaging IoT solution uses Mobotix IoT cameras built with EDGE computing technologies and enabling a decentralized architecture system. Such architecture enables higher availability of video recording as it is less vulnerable to a single point of failure compared to the conventional centralized IP camera system. In addition to reliability, the EDGE computing system also processes video analytic at the terminal (within the camera itself) in a secured, embedded environment. As only analysed results are exchanged with the control centre, the system is thus less vulnerable to cyber-attacks.3

The latest generation of IoT camera sensor comes with up to 4k resolution video format for its recordings. Such high resolution provides clarity and details of the object of interest that is needed in the event an investigation is to be conducted on the video recordings. In addition to advanced sensors, the latest generation of Konica Minolta IoT solution is also equipped with deep-learning capable A.I. Apps tailored to serve different purposes. The modular Apps is flexible, and the user can choose only those required to produce analytic results that they want. The A.I. IoT solution is a platform that can readily integrate with any third-party Apps, allowing the solution to harnessing the different strengths & features to fulfil different end-users’ requirements. Konica Minolta solutions have received recognition from advanced nations including US, EU and China, for providing ready solutions to help system owner in complying to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).

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2 The ultimate EBT determination should be conducted using clinically proven methods for example temperature from thermometer taken from the mouth (oral), anus (rectal), armpit (axillary), or ear (tympanic).