Together maintaining social distancing and effective mask usage can play meaningful role in ensuring employee safety. However, for these measure to work, everyone needs to be on the same page, consistently following the guidelines. Unfortunately, this is not always an easy task and often takes persistent efforts of health and safety professionals to keep team members on track.
Currently, most building operations lack an effective means of monitoring compliance. Fortunately, technology can help. For instance, Honeywell recently announced additions to its healthy buildings safety and security offering that help building owners comply with social distancing and mask guidelines. Using deep learning artificial intelligence video analytics, the Honeywell Pro-Watch and MAXPRO network video recorders (NVR) and video management systems (VMS) can now use existing cameras to identify if building occupants are complying with guidelines around social distancing and wearing masks. The advanced analytics provide an industry leading level of accuracy, when used in the recommended operating conditions, and can isolate and report any instances of non-compliance to buildings and facilities managers.
“Many companies are grappling with how to comply to new guidelines and recommendations like social distancing and wearing masks to keep their workforce safer, and this can be a daunting task for facility managers to handle manually,” said Manish Sharma, vice president and CTO of Honeywell Building Technologies. “We’ve long known that video systems can do more than capture and store video feeds of events. We’ve deployed more powerful artificial intelligent and machine learning to help identify trends, track patterns and help building owners better understand how spaces are used. These new solutions by Honeywell aim to give both building managers and tenants the ability to navigate living and working in the new normal.”
The new Honeywell solution conduct real-time monitoring of people within a building to determine compliance to a building’s customized guidelines. Building operators can leverage incident management workflows to digitize standard operating procedures based on the events. The interface provides live monitoring and counts the number of people in the field of view of the camera and detects masks. The solutions report on activity throughout the day so owners and managers can identify usage or issue trends and even manage access control if needed based on non-compliance events.