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Facial Recognition and Temperature Detection

Read the highlights of DigiConnect’s session on Facial Recognition and Temperature Detection.

It is time when the lockdown rules are being relaxed; public spaces are starting to open up, and all this, of course, with adequate public safety, hygiene and social distance norms.

Authorities and private companies are discovering ground-breaking ways with the help of new technologies to help to put things in place again, specifically focused on businesses as well as to get the customer confidence back.

Facial recognition technology, which was being used traditionally for blacklist applications such as criminal identification, is now finding ways to be adopted in the whitelist applications such as access control, monitoring the crowd, following the social and government rules and so on. The objective and growing usage is for a safer and reliable environment in BFSI, Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, Government and other sectors

DigiConnect Boardrooms conducted an Executive Virtual Boardroom on the subject ‘Facial Recognition and Temperature Detection’ on June 9, 2020.

Hangzhou HikVision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., popularly known as HikVision, was the presenting partner. HikVision a partially state-owned Chinese manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance equipment, headquartered in Hangzhou, China. In June 2019, HikVision was ranked 800th in the 2019 edition of Forbes Global 2000.

The session started with the welcome speech of Ms Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, Great Minds Group.

Panel Discussion

Panellists who are key individuals involved in making policies, introducing necessary measures supported with technologically advanced solutions for making sure that the social and business environment run smoothly in the UAE included His Excellency Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Asst. Undersecretary, Public Health Policy & Licensing Sector, UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention; Abdulrahman Shahat, Assistant General Director for Health Information Technology, National Health Information Center, Saudi Heath Council; Lt Col Hesham Al Jodar, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police; Robert Wang, MENA Technical Director, HikVision; and Majed Al Joker, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Dubai Airports.

These panellists shared their opinions, initiatives, measures and experiences to make citizens of the UAE safer in the current COVID-19 crisis. The discussion moved around different efforts exercised by the MOHAP to battle COVID 19, rules that are needed to be followed in public spaces, relevance and importance of these rules, effective and efficient ways to implement

these rules and regulations, the role of innovative technology to screen people to stop the spread of COVID-19 and efficiently and effectively enforce these technologically advanced solutions.


Relevance of Thermal Scanning And Social Distancing Supported With AI

Robert Wang, MENA Technical Director of HikVision, discussed the relevance of facial recognition and thermal scanning. He mentioned that the increased body temperature is an indication of a possible COVID-19 patient. The UAE government needed to re-open the businesses with temperature screening solutions, across malls, restaurants, airports and office areas, while making sure that citizens follow social distancing measures.

To be a part of this initiative, and to develop a healthy and safe urban environment, HikVision offers a set of customized temperature screening solutions to various sectors such as government, health, real estate, education, transportation, among others.

These customized solutions integrated with Artificial Intelligence are safe, fast, smart and offer various advantages over traditional and handheld temperature measuring devices.


Solution Lines offered by HikVision

HikVision customized solutions are great for measuring distance in the range of 2-7 meters to avoid cross-contact, fast measuring around 500 people in a minute to prevent crowding, as well as for temperature measurement and essential surveillance. These solutions are quick to deploy as tripod-mounted and securely wired at entry points. Such solutions offer real-time sound and light alarm to make things faster and smoother.

Also, such solutions are integrated with Wi-Fi to live view on PC or mobile client for minimizing eye fatigue. These solutions are useful for smart access control, time & attendance, temperature screening, and maintaining the social distancing in Retail, Government, Workspace and School environments.

HikVision also showcased the live demonstration of such solutions directly from its UAE office.


Growing Confidence in HikVision Solutions

As of now, HikVision has successfully implemented these advanced solutions in very recent times to handle COVID-19 crisis across organizations in Retail, Education, Transportation, etc. Some of these organizations include EMMAR, NAKHEEL, Al-Futtaim, Landmark, Seha, ADNOC, GEMS Education, Airport Authority, RTA, Dubai Airports, and Abu Dhabi Transport.


Q&A Session

Over 40 senior management members from industries including BFSI, Healthcare, Education, Hospitality, Government and Research had a meaningful discussion on varying subjects such as data privacy, ease of adopting such innovative solutions, availability, awareness, etc.


Concluding Remarks:

The session concluded on a note that a combination of multiple AI algorithms supported with the technology could reduce the risk of Covid-19 disease transmission, and the facial recognition method is a new help. #WeAreResponsible is the mantra for survival.

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