As the country starts to reopen and stay-at-home orders relax, questions about how to safely go to stores, restaurants, and offices remain—both for everyday people and for those managing these spaces. In an effort to provide store and office managers with more information about whether people are adequately social distancing and wearing masks, surveillance companies have been racing to build security systems that can identify anyone who is violating public health guidelines. These systems combine conventional security cameras with artificial intelligence that can scope out the distance between people and discern whether they’re wearing masks or not.
These solutions aren’t a panacea—after all, cameras may not be set up at the appropriate angles to determine the distance between people, and they could be thrown off by groups of people who don’t need to separate themselves. Plus, they might run into backlash, whether over privacy or from protesters who claim their freedoms have been infringed upon. But for now, they’re one measure companies are looking toward as everyone tries to figure out the best way for life to resume. Read more