AI based tech to help monitor, ensure COVID-19 guidelines
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AI based tech to help monitor, ensure COVID-19 guidelines

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New Delhi, May 5 : With the country seeing no respite from the ever growing novel coronavirus cases, ensuring the lockdown guidelines is becoming difficult with each passing day.

The latest example of extreme lockdown violation was seen Monday when the government eased some restrictions and allowed the liquor shops to open. The overenthusiastic consumers flocked the liquor shops, sending the norms of keeping social distancing for a toss. The aim was to collect tax from the alcohol sale in a bid to kickstart the battered economy, but is now being questioned by many health experts as it involved huge risk of contracting the fatal virus. A homegrown company has now come to the rescue with a solution to monitor any kind of lockdown violation with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Wobot Intelligence, an AI-driven computer vision SaaS venture that helps hospitality, food, retail and manufacturing businesses to monitor operations has announced a hygiene tracking solution -- plugNplay -- that can be plugged into existing cameras. When connected to an existing CCTV or camera, the solution can effectively monitor 20 secondhand wash, PPE & social distancing compliance, and premise cleaning/sanitation activities. The solution amalgamates facial, activity, gesture, and object recognition.

Analyzed visual data is delivered in real-time as notifications on Wobot app, WhatsApp, or e-mail to specified stakeholders. A web-based central dashboard also keeps track of all organizational data on hygiene compliance in one place. This hygiene and safety monitoring solution has been implemented across India & Middle East at Kitopi, IRCTC, and Rebel Foods & Curefit among others. While speaking to UNI, company CEO Adit Chhabra said that they have applied for the COVID19 Government of India challenge for their hygiene solution.

"By ensuring 24x7 monitoring and real-time feed on compliance we are taking the load off business owners and heads of locations or teams in ensuring compliance and improving sanitization in their premises. This in turn ensures the well-being of their employees and team members while bringing down the compliance costs significantly. Happy to play our bit through this solution which is timely and effective", the CEO said. He further said that the COVID-19 driven hygiene guidelines are here to stay even post lockdown is lifted.

"It’s the new normal for businesses and organizations across India and worldwide. And physical monitoring beyond a point is not effective or scalable or prohibitively expensive", he noted. At IRCTC, where Wobot’s tool has been in operation for a year, there is a noticeable improvement in their hygiene level which has led to a 50 per cent increase in positive sentiment on Twitter. Mr Chhabra said his organisation is part of startup India and is also registered on the government's e-marketplace so that concerned organizations can procure their products online. (UNI)

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