has deployed a new AI tool to alert workers if they come too close to each other and help them to follow
social distancing rules
. The company has deployed a solution called “Distance Assistant” which includes a TV, depth sensors and an AI-enabled camera to determine whether or not employees are six feet away from each other. The solution looks very similar to the temperature screening area at airports.
' provides employees with live feedback on social distancing via a 50 inch monitor, a camera, and a local computing device. The standalone unit uses machine learning models to differentiate people from their surroundings. Combined with depth sensors, it creates an accurate distance measurement between associates,” said Amazon in its official blog post.
This tool is placed at busy intersections at a few Amazon buildings. The camera monitors every moving around the perimeter and marks people in either Red or Green coloured circles. If the distance between to nearest people is six feet or more then both are marked with Green colour circles and if they are not then the colour automatically changes to Red. Employees can look at the TV screen and accordingly check themselves.
“The on-screen indicators are designed to remind and encourage associates to maintain appropriate distance from others. The self-contained device requires only a standard electrical outlet, and can be quickly deployed to building entrances and other high-visibility areas,” it said.
Amazon is aiming to deploy “hundreds of these units over the next few weeks” and also has plans to open source the technology. “We are also beginning the process to open source the software and AI behind this innovation so that anyone can create their own Distance Assistant,” it said.